The state of California is “ready to fight” Donald Trump’s administration and Big Oil over their denial of climate change because it is “at odds with the survivability of our world”, Governor Jerry Brown has told a gathering of scientists.
California could even start launching its own satellites to monitor the atmosphere, Mr Brown said, if the current Nasa programmes were cancelled.
The President-elect, who has bizarrely claimed climate change is a hoax perpetrated by China, has packed his Government with politicians who have links to the fossil fuel industry or are known for denial of the scientific evidence.
Erik Solheim, the executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme, has expressed concern that “some elite American politicians deny science”, adding “you will be in the Middle Ages if you deny science”.
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