STATEMENT: Lt. Governor Newsom on the Paris Climate Agreement


(SACRAMENTO) - California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom issues the following statement addressing President Trump's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement:

"In turning his back on the future, President Trump's abandonment of the Paris Climate Deal demonstrates once again that he is void of basic business acumen, foresight, and initiative. In contrast, California has proven that sustainable values and job creation go hand-in-hand, and that economies thrive when we seek to capture the future rather than cling to the past.

"Under Governor Brown's guidance, California will step into the Trump vacuum and step onto the international stage in partnership with other nations and regions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reflecting our state's stature as one of the world's largest and leading economies.

"Climate change is an existential threat. Every nation, region and community has interest and agency in rising to this challenge. I wholeheartedly support Governor Brown's global leadership. California stands united and recognizes our unique responsibility to increase our role as the President abdicates our nation's moral, economic, and environmental leadership."