NEWS Donald Trump and California: A battle of wildfires and wills

How fun­da­men­tally dif­fer­ent views about cli­mate change and a green econ­omy could influ­ence vot­ers in the 2020 election.

by , Al Jazeera.  For the orig­i­nal click here.

At the UN Cli­mate Action Sum­mit in New York last Sep­tem­ber, Gov­er­nor New­som pointed out that: “Cal­i­for­nia is sig­nif­i­cantly out­per­form­ing the United States of Amer­ica in GDP growth over a five-​​year period because of our envi­ron­men­tal strate­gies. Five to one — five to one, the num­ber of clean energy jobs in the State of Cal­i­for­nia ver­sus fos­sil fuel jobs.”

Daniel Kam­men, who founded the Renew­able and Appro­pri­ate Energy Lab at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley adds that the state is ahead of sched­ule in meet­ing its energy needs from renew­able sources, and is far along in build­ing a green econ­omy. “Across the United States right now, 35–40 per­cent of all invest­ments in green tech flow through Cal­i­for­nia,” he says.

Biden is fol­low­ing California’s lead, and promises to tran­si­tion the US to a green econ­omy. His plan calls for invest­ing $2 tril­lion over the next four years, set­ting the US on a path to achieve a clean energy, net-​​zero emis­sions econ­omy by 2050.

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The 2020 elec­tion in the United States is absolutely crit­i­cal,” Kam­men says, “because we know on the cli­mate side that we have very few years left to get on an inno­v­a­tive green energy path.”

The impor­tance of the com­ing poll is at least some­thing both sides can agree on. Radio host Win Car­pen­ter feels it is crit­i­cal that Trump wins. “Mr Trump is at one point of the gov­ern­ment and then we are at the other end. He’s fight­ing from that side, we’re fight­ing from this side,” he says.

For­mer Demo­c­ra­tic gov­er­nor Jerry Brown says the stakes in the 2020 elec­tion are cli­mate change, social tur­moil and the cur­rent pandemic.



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