California and New York to press on after Donald Trump scraps green policies

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: California Gov. Jerry Brown discusses pension reform during a news conference on August 28, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Brown unveiled what he called "sweeping" pension reforms that cap benefits, boost the retirement age, prevent abusive practices such as "spiking" and require new state employees to pay at least half their pension costs. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

The governors of California and New York have said they will push ahead with aggressive climate change policies despite President Donald Trump’s executive order that seeks to boost the coal industry.

Democratic governors Jerry Brown of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York said in a joint statement that they will help fill the void left by Mr Trump’s decision to unravel former president Barack Obama’s plan to curb global warming.

“With or without Washington, we will work with our partners throughout the world to aggressively fight climate change and protect our future,” the governors wrote.

Mr Trump’s order targets more than half a dozen Obama-era regulations in an effort to boost domestic production of fossil fuels.

The Republican president has repeatedly criticised his predecessor’s climate policies as an attack on American workers and the struggling coal industry. He said his executive order would bring back jobs.
The governors said the move “is profoundly misguided and shockingly ignores basic science”.

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