Jerry Brown

California Shows Why Trump is Wrong

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — President Donald Trump is at war with clean energy, immigration, taxes, and regulations, because, he says, these things represent a threat to our economy. He yearns for the days when oil companies, not tech firms, were the largest in the world, and when white people comprised an uncontested majority of the US population.

But his claim that re-establishing that order in a world that has totally changed will somehow make America great again, is misinformed. As Matthew Winkler brilliantly showed in Bloomberg View, he need only look at California to see the error of his ways. While actively embracing the things that Trump wants to get rid of: regulations, renewables, and immigrants, California, whose economy, at $2.3 trillion  (according to the WEF) falls, just behind the UK, as the world’s sixth largest, “is the chief reason America is the only developed economy to achieve record GDP growth since the financial crisis of 2008.”

The state’s economic growth is expected to continue to outpace the rest of the nation, through 2020.

And yet, California is not on the US Chamber of Commerce’s top ten list of business-friendly states with low taxes and regulations (which was topped by TN, SD, and WY). The Chamber’s idea of what drives a state’s economy seems to be in sync with the president’s, yet at least in the case of California, both deviate from reality. But then the Chamber, as witnessed by this report from the Cato Institute posted on their website, characterizes regulation as the antithesis of freedom (as opposed to protection) and ranks the US 22nd in the list of countries that are most free (2011 data), largely because of it.

Battle Shaping Up Between Sacramento and Washington Over Climate Action

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — In what might be shaping up to be the fight of the century, with nothing less than the future of life on this planet at stake, we have the 2017 battle over climate change. In one corner, we have Jerry Brown, lawyer, veteran politician, and the longest serving governor in California’s history. In the other corner, is Donald J. Trump, real estate developer and reality TV star.

In defiance of the consensus of hundreds of the world’s top scientists, Trump has ridiculed climate change, suggesting that it is a non-issue, manufactured by liberals, despite the fact that even the US Department of Defense (not exactly known as a liberal institution), in a report to the Senate Appropriations Committee, considers it “a significant risk to U.S. interests globally.”

Trump seems to be surrounding himself with climate-deniers, including Scott Pruitt, a self-proclaimed enemy of environmental regulation, to head the EPA; former Texas governor and oil man, Rick Perry, as Secretary of Energy; and Exxon-Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State.

Brown, on the other hand, just appointed Kathleen Kenealy to replace Kamala Harris as acting state Attorney General, after Harris was elected to the Senate. Kenealy had previously served in the state’s Natural Resources Division and fought to enforce regulations on motor vehicle carbon emissions.

Try Recycling Jobs Instead of Trading Them Away

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - President Obama would like to create more jobs for American workers. One way he is attempting to do that is by negotiating more free trade agreements. Apparently he didn’t learn anything from Bill Clinton, who pushed through the disastrous NAFTA trade bill and several others like it.

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