Though Donald Trump’s reign of terror includes the promise to revoke all progress made on the climate change front, certain elected officials are not willing to take his destructive refusal to accept basic scientific facts lying down.

California Governor Jerry Brown responded to indications from the Trump campaign to end NASA’s climate change research with a declaration that California intents to continue carrying out climate research no matter what the POTUS orders.

Speaking to a room full of scientists on Wednesday, Brown appeared defiant of the PEOTUS, and assured the assembled scientific minds that California would remain a strong ally to the cause.

“Whatever Washington thinks they are doing, California is the future. If Trump turns off the satellites, California will launch its own damn satellite. We’re going to collect that data.”

Brown’s comments were met with loud applause, but what he is proposing is a steep goal of Trump truly does shut down climate research at the national level.

But of course, considering that our President-elect once claimed climate change was a hoax invented by “Jnya” (or “China,” for the rest of us), we can’t imagine that he will ever take a rational stance on the issue.

Even as recent as earlier this month, The PEOTUS took a softer stance, but still maintained that “no one knows” what is truly causing global warming. Scientists everywhere heaved a collective sigh, staring longingly at their life’s work.

As is so often the case, we will have to put our hopes in the progressive California. As Brown promised, “We’ve got the scientists, we’ve got the lawyers, and we’re ready to fight.”


Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at