Brown pushes climate policy with Pope Francis

Jerry BrownThis week, Gov. Jerry Brown drew global headlines as one of the most outspoken officials at a world conference on climate change and slavery hosted in Vatican City by Pope Francis.

A play for leadership

Gov. Brown was intent on taking the opportunity to speak more to a national and even local audience than to the planet at large. “With mayors from San Francisco, San Jose and eight other U.S. cities in the audience, Brown gave a glowing review of his own achievements in cutting emissions in California, offering it as a template for mayors around the world to follow,” the Los Angeles Times reported.

But the governor did make plain his ambition that others around the world might look to the Golden State for a blueprint, or at least an inspiration. Well-known as a former Jesuit seminarian, Brown leveraged his reputation to connect up California’s climate policy to the possible policy agenda of Catholics around the world.

“I believe what people at the Vatican are looking for is some hopeful news and reports that yes, climate change can be dealt with,” Gov. Brown told Bloomberg. “My message: that even though this is a very profound and difficult problem, California is showing a way whereby the countries of the world can actually do something very positive.”

He singled out Pope Francis for moving the Catholic church in what many observers have described as a markedly more assertive direction on economic matters. “”I’m very impressed with Pope Francis and where he’s taking the church — I see the hand of Jesuit training and inspiration in what he’s doing,” Brown told reporters with the Contra Costa Times. “The pope is engaging in moral authority and calling people to reflect on the basis of those considerations. This is desperately needed to counteract the iron logic of the marketplace, which is only dealing with profit.”

Gov. Brown emphasized that his Vatican visit was a prelude to the larger United Nations conference on climate change soon to be put on in Paris. “To achieve anything in Paris, we’ll need grass-roots efforts by religious leaders and states and provinces,” he said, “to intensify the pressure on these national leaders to get more done than is currently on their respective agendas.”

Politicking religion

Senate Democrats ensured Brown had a token of appreciation to take with him. SR37, passed with what the Los Angeles Times called near-unanimity, called upon the state to “consider the implications of the papal encyclical and climate change in their policy and fiscal actions to prevent further environmental degradation.”

The bill’s language foreshadowed what top Sacramento Democrats hoped would become a big new raft of state energy regulations. Senate leader Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, has advanced a sweeping piece of legislation drawing some fire, but not enough to blunt its progress. “Oil companies have ramped up opposition,” reported the Times, “and utilities are angling for changes in the bill that would make it easier for them to fulfill requirements to produce renewable energy. But so far, no one has been able to stop the legislation, which has passed the state Senate and is advancing in the Assembly.” De León told the Times “the world is watching what happens in Sacramento very closely.”

The remarkably — but selectively — church-friendly resolution did draw some skepticism. As the Times reported, Sen. Joel Anderson, R-San Diego, “criticized a ‘cafeteria attitude’ to the encyclical, where statements on climate change are endorsed and opposition to abortion is ignored.” As Francis has attracted increasing appreciation from those further to the political left than usually praise the Church, Catholic conservatives have often insisted that his economic views cannot be endorsed in isolation, while other  conservatives nationwide have questioned his economic credentials.


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  1. ricky65
    ricky65 23 July, 2015, 08:58

    This guy is crazier than a sack full of ferrets.
    The old coot may still find employment when he’s finally done wrecking what’s left of California.
    I can visualize him standing on Sunset Blvd wearing a sandwich board sing proclaiming: “The world is coming to an end”.

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  2. Queeg
    Queeg 23 July, 2015, 09:04

    This will be a good posting day Comrades!

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  3. Norman
    Norman 23 July, 2015, 10:27

    The Global Warmists are embracing Pope Francis conveniently forgetting that his scientific credentials also include a belief in exorcism. Personally, I think that a GW belief is equivalent to a belief in exorcism.

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  4. Sean
    Sean 23 July, 2015, 10:36

    I wonder how much thought the governor gives to the poverty rate in his very high cost of living state. Californians are currently paying a buck more per gallon for gasoline and 50% more for electricity. These two things cost Californians ~$100 per month with lower income people likely spending a much higher proportion of their income on energy. How does he reconcile making the poor poorer with his near religious conviction on climate change mitigation that is more symbolism than effective policy. It’s also ironic that California gets a waiver on their local ozone levels because of the amount of pollution that gets carried across the Pacific from China.

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    • Dork
      Dork 23 July, 2015, 15:25

      paying a buck more per gallon for gasoline and 50% more for electricity. ”

      More like $1.50-$1.75 per gallon in Arizona and my Electric Bill in Arizona is less than HALF of SCE for the exact same amount of KWH!
      1100 KWH in AZ $120
      1200KWH in CA $290

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  5. Ted
    Ted 23 July, 2015, 11:55


    Many of you know me and my work out here on CWD— and, I know that most of you want to know more about the Ted and the Ted Steele System ™….so in that regard let me make the following announcement–

    The Ted
    Has never been happier– I love the President, The Gov. and the Holy Father— we are so blessed to have these fine intellects and hearts in positions of great leadership in this blessed land. This makes the Ted feel like everything will be ok.


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    • Ulysses Uhaul
      Ulysses Uhaul 23 July, 2015, 16:41

      Got your back Teddy……air was really clean today in Newport Beach……blue ocean, few white caps, Pelicans……no belching doomer faded Grenada’s sighted….Californis is really neat!

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  6. Ecopolitics
    Ecopolitics 24 July, 2015, 07:41

    Today the faithful environmentalism increasingly mimics religion in its identification of humans as sinners against nature, its calls for personal redemption via lifestyle changes, its claims that environmental issues are moral priorities, and, with the predicted global warming apocalypse, it has its biblical Armageddon. As with most religions, environmentalism also has its false prophets, and its extremist followers. Here the ecologista claim moral authority by requiring your adherence to the cause of environmentalism. Your personal commitment and sacrifice for their fanciful and costly climate change imperatives provide your path to environmental enlightenment, purity and ultimate green redemption. Most of their feel-good solutions have become gratuitous policy narratives in local, state, national and international governments. Worse, these policy goals are fed wholesale to our children in politically-correct school curricula where the mention of traditional religions has been banned for decades. Your kids are programmed to this green worship. Global news media have been a willing and gullible accomplice in the hysterics of, and radical devotion to, environmentalism.

    Sadly, the productive scientific methods and technologies that solve environmental problems have been bypassed and replaced with perverse political dogma and fear mongering ecopropaganda. The green movement began in prospering 20th-Century democracies such as the U.S. and Western Europe; because their affluence absorbed the costs of environmental controls. Speculative spending to fix eco-issues for partisan political expediency will only hasten and lengthen a global economic collapse, with far greater human suffering, conflict and pollution than any of the worst-case scenarios being proliferated in environmentalism’s 21st-Century climate crusades.

    Given the Catholic Pope’s newfound climate crusade, the UK’s Global Warming Policy Foundation editorialized, “The encyclical is a thoroughly reactionary document. A mixture of junk science, junk economics and junk ethics, what Pope Francis advocates would prevent the world’s poor from escaping from poverty – just as it would have prevented the industrial revolution, which enabled the western world to escape from poverty and squalor. I’m sure the Pope means well, but it is well known that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” (The Global Warming Policy Foundation, June 20, 2015)
    Los Angeles Ecopolitics Examiner

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    • Ted
      Ted 24 July, 2015, 12:44

      eco propaganda??


      We are the only moron nation in the world today ignoring the settled science!

      Discuss now slave troll Fox News teabaggy nascar twits!

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      • Queeg
        Queeg 24 July, 2015, 13:03

        And. And. Slave Master tech trinket makers, big box stores, corporate food, plutocrats letting unions charge comrades monthly bribes!

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  7. desmond
    desmond 24 July, 2015, 18:30

    Jerry Brown is a twisted old coot with delusions of deity. Obama has an agenda from Satan, his mentor.
    De Leon will end up in jail for corruption, looking like Richard Speck.
    Al Gore is a ……….Teddy loved, Queeged out, Ahaul.

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  8. desmond
    desmond 24 July, 2015, 18:33

    Wonder if the family is sharing some old recipes with Michelle where the main ingredient is lost colonialists.

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    • Teddy
      Teddy 26 July, 2015, 10:36

      Credit where credit is due—- that was clever Desi lmao

      and get ready for Hillary—- she will be President.

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      • desmond
        desmond 26 July, 2015, 16:40

        Thank-you, and that,Hillary is not a reach. Believe it or not, I believe she could actually get things done. The current occupant is a bit thin skinned….Did anyone see, he actually was a bit peeved about the attention to Pres. Bush’s aids efforts in Africa? The Prez complimented Bush in Kenya, but said this is not a beauty contest among US Presidents…..does not to be said. The comment sounds like a High School debate in Bakersfield.

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        • Teddy
          Teddy 26 July, 2015, 19:33

          LMAO— you don’t truly think the CIC’s skin is “thin” do ya?
          He has put up with so much vile., hate, name calling, birther nonsense, etc etc etc that I do’t think we have ever had a guy with thicker skin!

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  9. desmond
    desmond 27 July, 2015, 13:47

    Yup, the media really is out for the Pres. versus the kid glove treatment Bush got.

    Reply this comment
    • Ted
      Ted 27 July, 2015, 13:54

      so which is it?
      LOL Is Bush “thin skinned” or do you mean something else about President Obama’s skin?

      Reply this comment
  10. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 8 September, 2015, 08:52

    From where did this phoney pope come from perhapes the same place Moonbeam came from AREA 51

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