Gov. Jerry Brown, D-Calif., warned Wednesday that if President-elect Trump shuts down the country's satellite operations in space "California will launch its own damn satellite."
Brown, a staunch advocate for fighting climate change, told hundreds at an American Geophysical Union meeting that the Golden State will not let a possible closing of NASA halt scientific discovery and monitoring weather systems over the U.S. A top adviser to Trump had said in November that the administration would consider eliminating the agency.
"We've got the scientists, we've got the lawyers, and we're ready to fight," Brown said to a cheering crowd.
"We will pursue a path of collaboration and bold political advancement — whatever they do in Washington — and eventually the truth will prevail," Brown added. "This is not a battle of one day or one election. This is a long-term slog into the future and you are there, the foot soldiers of change and understanding and scientific collaboration."
Last January, the California State Attorney General Kamala Harris launched an investigation into allegations Exxon Mobil lied about the climate change risks associated with its fossil fuel industry. Trump announced this week that Exxon Mobil's CEO Rex Tillerson will be his secretary of state, which could give the west coast state another area of division when it comes to Trump's policies and vision.
Brown has traveled to the United Nations headquarters in New York and various related meetings around the world this year to urge world leaders to implement policies that can scale back climate change.