California governor Jerry Brown met with Chinese leaders on Tuesday in Beijing and signed a memorandum of understanding to develop more green technology and reduce greenhouse emissions. The agreement builds on subnational pacts Brown signed with officials in Sichuan and Jiangsu provinces earlier this week. 
“I have proposed that California will cut its greenhouse gases 40 per cent below 1990 levels and that we’ll have 50 per cent of our electricity from renewables,” Brown told President Xi Jinping in a 45-minute meeting. 
“To keep that goal, we need a very close partnership with China – with your businesses, with your provinces, with your universities,” Brown said.  
“Nobody can stay on the sidelines. We can’t afford any dropouts in the tremendous human challenge to make the transition to a sustainable future,” Brown said during a green energy conference in Beijing. “Disaster still looms and we’ve got to make the turn.” 
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