Gov. Jerry Brown Talks Climate Change, Terrorism Before Trip to Paris

SACRAMENTO --

California and Gov. Jerry Brown will be in the spotlight during the COP21 Conference.

The governor has criss-crossed the world in the last year, gathering support and showing off California's ambitious goals.

FOX40's Stefanie Cruz sat down with Gov. Brown Tuesday, before he leaves the country.

From Mexico to the Vatican, and now to France.

Gov. Brown's push to cut dependence on oil and fossil fuels culminates in the COP21 Summit.

“To get off that is going to take decades and a political will that is very challenging to summon,” Brown said. “And that is what California is doing.”

Brown signed an executive order in April establishing a target for California that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by the year 2030.

While California has no negotiating power at the Paris conference, he intends to make his presence known.

“Whatever they agree to in Paris, it's not enough. Right after the conference, we're going to have to start pushing. So, we're building the relationships and collective force,” Brown said.

While building bridges, he is unapologetic to critics.

FOX40 asked him why he hasn’t banned fracking and about his ties to oil interests, and if they run counter to his agenda.

He replied: "We live in a paradoxical world that oil is our life blood ... Let's do a mind experiment: no oil today. You're going to have to carry your camera all the way back to your station. I wouldn't have been able to come here from Oakland this morning cause we're all using oil."

Pivoting back to partisan politics, Brown went after Republicans and placed the blame squarely on their shoulders saying, “They're fighting on immigration, tax policy, on any number of national issues that is rendering America not a super power, but a very divided and contradictory power.

As he did in Mexico City last year, the governor will be traveling with a large California delegation.


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