>> Cities and states across the country vowed to keep cutting climate emissions even as President Donald Trump says he won't.>> We're getting out.>> I'm Peter Henderson, San Francisco Bureau Chief for Reuters. I'm here in California where Governor Jerry Brown is vowing to keep cutting emissions, to create new jobs in industries and to transform the economy.
He's not alone. Governors up and down the West Coast, on the East Coast as well and a few in-between are making similar pledges even as President Donald Trump says he will pull out of the Paris Climate Accord. The Governors and President Trump have one major disagreement over the economics of combating climate change.
Trump says that millions of jobs are at stake and will be lost if the US goes ahead and tries to cut emissions to the level that the Paris Accord commitments require. On the west coast, however, especially, governors, mayors, other elected officials, say the economy is growing largely because of such efforts.
There are 500,000 new jobs that California says were attributed to the clean energy sector. That's ten times the number of coal jobs that are in the US. Or even Washington State, their economies are growing faster than the rest of the nation, precisely because of their focus on clean energy.
What the cities and states mostly hope to do is give the world a different face for the United States. Instead of President Trump who raises questions about climate change, Governor Brown from California and others are taking to the international stage. Governor Brown is going to China to talk to Chinese officials and provincial officials from other countries around the world about what they can do to cut emissions and to work with each other.
So we'll see if Brown comes back from China with a new set of partners.>> We'll overwhelm the negative kind of leadership, if you can even call it that, of President Trump.