BEIJING -- Gov. Jerry Brown used a stage at one of China’s most prestigious universities Thursday to make his pitch for environmental policies that he said could help reverse the global impacts of climate change and boost the economies of China and California.
Speaking at Tsinghua University, Brown boasted about the state’s record as an innovator on clean technology and government crackdowns on carbon emissions and said a deeper partnership between the state and Chinese government would be mutually beneficial.
“The industries and the countries that have taken the lead in the low-carbon fuel technology will be the winners,” Brown said, calling clean-tech business opportunities a “great source of industrial power and profit.”
Brown’s presence here shows just how quickly environmental concerns are moving to the forefront in China, the world’s largest developing country. When Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger came here in 2005, his aides said he was asked to steer clear of mentioning climate change because the issue was a source of international tensions between China and the West.