Gov. Jerry Brown, who has positioned himself as a climate-change leader in California, is taking his message to the international stage with a pair of speaking engagements today at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York.
The meeting brings together global heads of state in advance of international climate talks in Paris next year. Brown will participate in a forum at 1:30 p.m. EDT on carbon pricing in the private sector and a panel at 5:30 p.m. EDT on efforts to cut carbon emissions at the city level. All sessions will be webcast.
Brown has repeatedly pressed for action on climate change and made it a central tenet of his administration, though his support of hydraulic fracutiring has caused some rifts with environmentalists.
In the past four years, Brown has signed agreements to combat climate change as part of economic accords with leaders from countries including Mexico and China, and he has remained committed to expanding California’s cap-and-trade program to include transportation fuels, despite growing opposition from some members of his own party in recent months.
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