Standing outside the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, the president of the California Public Utilities Commission and staff held signs with a clear message for embattled climate scientists: “Fight Climate Change. Work for California.”

Michael Picker, the CPUC president, made his appeal in the nation’s capital as President Trump released his budget proposal in which the EPA would face a 31 percent cut — from $8.2 billion in fiscal year 2017 to $5.7 billion in fiscal year 2018. It’s the largest cut among all Cabinet departments and major agencies.

“On climate action, there’s a dark cloud hanging over Washington right now,” Picker said in a statement. “If climate scientists and experts want the opportunity to continue doing important work for the good of our planet, my message is simple: Come West, California is hiring.”

The commission, plus the California Air Resources Board and the California Energy Commission, are hiring dozens of staff for jobs focusing on climate change, renewable energy, air quality and clean energy research and development, Picker said.

Michael picker on Twitter

Headed back into D.C. snow storm to recruit new hires for CA climate and carbon-free energy programs.

‘Come West, California is Hiring’: State Recruits EPA Climate Scientists 16 March,2017Miranda Leitsinger


Miranda Leitsinger

Miranda Leitsinger has worked in journalism as a reporter and editor since 2000, including seven years at The Associated Press in locales such as Cambodia and Puerto Rico, four years at NBC News Digital in New York and 2.5 years at International in Hong Kong. Major stories she has covered included the aftermath of the 2004 and 2011 tsunamis, the initial military hearings at Guantanamo, the Aurora movie theater attack, the Newtown school shooting, Superstorm Sandy and the Boston Marathon bombing. Reach her at or

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