Brown was getting ready to “take on the role of America’s de facto climate ambassador,” the Huffington Post reported.
He boasted, according to the report: “California, in terms of its economy, is the fifth largest in the world, with a gross domestic product of more than $2.4 trillion. We have Silicon Valley. We have a fabulous agricultural sector, movies, biotech and many different and diverse businesses and universities. That is a real nation-state.”
But with President Trump pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate deal, he said, “we have to intensify all that we’re doing.”
“With Trump going AWOL on climate change, the rest of the country and the rest of the world have to react, and the reaction has to be to intensify our efforts to decarbonize our economy. How, we’re not the federal government – we’re a state government. But we’re a powerful state government. We have nine other states that agree with us.”
Such comments amount to “treason against the United States,” charges Martin Armstrong, who posts at Armstrong Economics.
Brown, he said, “is leading a confederacy against the federal government and should stand trial, but of course that would be controversial.”
“After Trump rejected the Paris Climate treaty, which had never been ratified by the Senate, the European Union announced that it would work with a climate confederacy of secessionist states in the USA,” said Armstrong. “This is clearly treason and all federal funds should be cut off from the secessionist governments of California, New York and Washington, who have unilaterally and completely illegally entered into a foreign treaty rejecting the president of the United States on the Paris Accord.”
He quoted the U.S. Constitution, which states, “No state shall enter into any treaty, alliance or confederation; grant letters of marque and reprisal; coin money, emit bills of credit; make any thing but gold and silver coin and tender in payment of debts; pass any bill of attainder, ex post facto law, or law impairing the obligation of contracts.”
The Constitution also references a ban on state taxes on imports and a ban on states entering “into any agreement or compact with another state, or with a foreign power.”
“There is absolutely no legal basis for Jerry Brown entering into any treaty, alliance, or confederation with the EU. Gov. Cuomo of New York has also come out saying ‘New York State is committed to meeting the standards set forth in the Paris Accord regardless of Washington’s irresponsible actions,’” he wrote.