Gov. Jerry Brown touted California's cooperation with China on climate change Wednesday, pointing to more than a dozen accords on sharing training and knowledge for cleaner energy.
While partisan disputes in Washington have limited federal progress to slow greenhouse-gas emissions and climate change, California has “helped foster the political climate that gets stuff done,” Brown said in San Francisco.
“it's a little bold” to speak “as though we were a separate nation,” Brown said of California's initiatives with China. “But we are a separate nation.”
Brown, who is pushing a goal of 50-percent renewable energy for his own state, has also sought to build clean-energy cooperation and business ties with China and other countries. He and Chinese officials signed a pact in 2013 on reducing carbon emissions.
China also has been cited as a possible source of private investment for one of Brown's priority projects, the proposed $68 billion high-speed rail project. The governor traveled with Chinese rail officials on his trade mission there in 2013 and met privately with potential Chinese high-speed rail investors.
Brown spoke for the release of a privately funded report outlining collaboration on research and training between Chinese officials and state officials, academics and environmentalists in California.