California vs. Trump: New state laws take on climate change and the White house energy agenda

President Trump and California Gov. Jerry Brown, the Chance to a series of questions.

(The Associated Press)

LOS ANGELES – The Trump-administration and lawmakers in California seem to have divided were started from the day of the President’s term of office. Last weekend their long-lasting fought, moved into the seas.

California Gov. Jerry Brown put his signature under two laws over the weekend, effectively banning the construction of new offshore oil and gas pipelines in state waters and thwart a trump plan to open the nearly 1.7 billion acres of coast to drilling waters.

“Today, California’ s message to the trump administration, simple: not here, not now,” said Brown at the signing of SB 834, and 1775. “We will not allow the Federal government to plunder public lands, and the destruction of our precious coastline.”

The new laws make California the latest blow to the Trump administration’s energy agenda and their movements to dismantle Obama-era climate regulations. Together, continuing a trend of state officials who work here, for the control of the White house, on everything from land use, to immigration.

“California has positioned itself as a center of Trump resistance,” Jessica Levinson, a clinical professor of law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, told Fox News. “It’s bloody fight.”

Issues such as sanctuary cities and other immigration-related issues have been front and center in the California-versus-battle-trump, as the President of the focus on hard against illegal immigration, and the construction of a border wall.

But there is probably no other area in brown and attorney General Xavier Becerra of effective resistance against the White house agenda than the environment.

While California do not block directly, oil and gas drilling off its coast, the legislation, which Brown signed on the last weekend of the journey is recorded, the operating costs of these operations are enough to make the effort unprofitable. The new law does this by blocking land managers, and allow, therefore, necessary for the construction of new pipelines, piers, wharves or other infrastructure projects, oil and gas from the offshore-drilling-landing pages.

In a state where 69 percent of the population is against drilling, according to a recent survey by the Public Policy Institute of California, the new laws have been highly praised by many conservation groups.

“We are very satisfied,” said Kim Delfino, the California program Director of Defenders of Wildlife, according to the Mercury News. “The bills are intended to make it difficult for new oil on the shore, as each new offshore oil drilling is unlikely.

“You put a rather large obstacle. You do not make it economically feasible to do for a oil company, new drill.”

The laws, however, enjoyed, in some strange bed, such as it was, slammed by oil industry insiders and some of the environmental groups, the so-called Brown a hypocrite.

“Today’s announcement is incredibly ironic, because Brown has refused any effort of hundreds of community groups, to slow down the pace of new permits for drilling for oil,” co-founder Bill McKibben said in a statement.

California banned offshore drilling in state waters three miles out in the year 1994 and there are all new platforms have not yet been built in the last 30 years. But California is the nation’s third-largest oil-producing state, behind Texas and North Dakota, and there are still 32 offshore oil platforms and artificial Islands in Federal and state waters off the coast of Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

Brown has approved, more than 20,000 new drilling permits by the state since 2011 – issued although less than 1,500 of these in the last two years and his previous gubernatorial campaigns, hundreds of thousands of dollars from the oil-giants such as Chevron and Occidental.

In spite of the cries of hypocrisy, California – Brown and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom – is dedicated to the fight against the White house energy agenda.

California already has a waiver under the federal Clean Air Act, to impose stricter emissions standards than the U.S. rules, the opposite to the Trump administration’s move to roll back Obama-era rules focused on limiting greenhouse gas emissions. It is also one of the 17 States suing the Trump administration over the rollback.

As he prepared to host signed a summit of the climate change leaders from around the world in San Francisco (as of Wednesday), brown, in the beginning of this week, under the laws of the generation of electricity leakage in the state, generated by fossil fuels, by 2045

“We want others to do the same, and if enough people do often enough, what is required, we will reduce global warming,” Brown said in an interview with The Associated Press. “But we are definitely at the beginning, what is a long and difficult and controversial journey.”

In the lawsuit against the Trump manage on emission standards and, through the Federal census and the separation of immigrant families, and provisions on ” small business health insurance policies, and in more than three dozen other cases – brown, Becerra and other Democratic lawmakers in California are under a page from the playbook of Texas Republicans.

During the Obama administration, Texas filed so many lawsuits against the White house, the state Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is now the Governor, joked that “I go to the office in the morning, I sue Barack Obama, and then I’m going home.”

And with the demographics of California, and constantly shifts in favor of the Democrats, and the administration is not looking to drastically change their own agenda, experts say that the “Golden State” and the White house will see quotas for the foreseeable future.

“The marriage is broken and we are in litigation now,” Levinson. “No side any motivation has to back down.”

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