Gov. Gavin Newsom and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern signed a “pledge” Friday agreeing to help fight climate change together by working to put millions more electric vehicles on the road.
Why? New Zealand is over 6,700 miles from California and continents away. What is the relevance?
“Later is too late to address climate change, and California is taking aggressive steps to bolster the clean economy while reducing pollution in our communities – but we can’t do it alone,” Gov. Newsom said. “This partnership with New Zealand, another global climate leader, will strengthen ties between our two governments to deploy critical solutions that are essential to addressing this existential crisis.”
According to Gov. Newsom’s press statement, “Expanding California’s global climate leadership, Governor Gavin Newsom today established a new international climate partnership with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. California and New Zealand signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) to tackle the climate crisis, reduce pollution, and bolster the clean economy, while emphasizing community resilience and partnership with indigenous leaders.”
Back in June 2008, the leaders of Alaska, British Columbia, California, Oregon, and Washington signed the Pacific Coast Collaborative Agreement, amounting to a “compact,” which is prohibited between states without Congressional approval.
But that has never deterred California’s governors. And Gov. Newsom’s administration just changed the name of the deal from “compact” to “Memorandum of Cooperation.”
In October 2013, California Gov. Jerry Brown, together with the Governors of Oregon and Washington and the British Columbia Premier, signed the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy, “to align climate change policies and promote clean energy.”
Does this sound familiar?
Gov. Brown’s Pacific Coast Collaborative linked with the West Coast Infrastructure Exchange (WCX), a compact between California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, formed in 2013 to promote “the type of new thinking necessary to solve the West Coast’s infrastructure crisis,” according to Brown. And the WCX was linked at the time to the Clinton Foundation’s Clinton Global Initiative.
“California isn’t waiting for the rest of the world before it takes action on climate change,” said Gov. Brown. “Today, California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia are all joining together to reduce greenhouse gases.”
This sounds eerily familiar to Gov. Newsom’s “Later is too late to address climate change.”
The real Kitzhaber plan revealed high level appointees in the California governor’s office, other “engaged governors,” and the White House, engrossed in a scheme to define “a nationally coordinated, multi-year states strategy’ focused on driving outcomes contemplated by the President’s climate action plan, 111d, resilient infrastructure and international treaty objectives at scale.”
Brown’s deal was exposed as an “ingrained collusion” with top level staff in Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber’s office who enlisted other top level staff in California and Washington State governors’ offices to “spread climate coordination and collaboration to a larger group of governors across the U.S.,” according to Washington D.C. attorney Chris Horner.
Emails from 2013 and 2014 revealed Kitzhaber agreed to a deal with the governors of California and Washington, to implement low-carbon fuel standards and develop a scheme to foist green-energy agendas on multiple states.
And some of the same players were deeply involved, namely Wade Crowfoot, who was appointed California Secretary for Natural Resources by Governor Gavin Newsom in January 2019. Wade Crowfoot served as Deputy Director of Governor Brown’s Office of Planning and Research and as the Brown’s Military Advisor. “Mr. Crowfoot is working to advance the Governor’s ambitious renewable energy goals and ensure strong land use planning throughout the state,” his bio says. Crowfoot was west coast regional director for the Environmental Defense Fund from 2009 to 2011, and served as environmental advisor and director of governmental affairs for San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom from 2004 to 2009, and worked for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors from 2000 to 2003.
Crowfoot and Newsom go way back.
Throughout the 11 pages of emails, hedge fund billionaire Tom Steyer is named. (The email thread is HERE)
“If your Governors buy into such an agreement, we would have six weeks to attract a critical mass of other Governors to sign,” wrote Gov. Jerry Brown aid Wade Crowfoot in an email. “We could likely get some of the East Coast Governors and IL Gov. Quinn on board and moving forward have an open invite for other Governors to join the agreement.”
Crowfoot continued: “…this could be a powerful symbol of growing subnational momentum for climate change… even joining forces with the Steyer people if that makes sense.”
Did this ever happen?
Gov. Newsom’s deal with New Zealand states:
“WHEREAS the transport sector is California’s largest source of GHG emissions and New Zealand’s second biggest source of GHG emissions.”
WHEREAS California and New Zealand seek to develop and promote agricultural technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector and to build the resilience of agricultural systems.
WHEREAS California and New Zealand are leaders on nature-based solutions, and committed to delivering on our climate mitigation and adaptation goals through action in the land sector;
WHEREAS the opportunities to combat climate change, and to protect the environment and human health, and optimize the quality of life for the inhabitants of California and New Zealand are plentiful;
Newsom’s press statement also says:
Last year, Governor Newsom and 24 governors from the bipartisan U.S. Climate Alliance committed to collectively achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions no later than 2050. Governor Newsom and other Under2 Coalition partners announced the transition to become a net zero coalition, raising ambition for member states and regions. California also joined the Beyond Oil & Gas Alliance, which brings together national and subnational governments.
Earlier this year, California signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with Japan to advance cooperation on climate and clean energy priorities, and strengthen trade relations. Governor Newsom also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with China to accelerate ongoing initiatives to protect the environment, reduce carbon and air pollution, and promote clean technology development.
None of these compacts have ever produced tangible results to lower carbon emissions. Both the West Coast Infrastructure Exchange and Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy links are no longer good.
What’s the real benefit of these deals, if any? Or is this just posturing?5.27.22-Memorandum-of-Cooperation