SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — At a climate summit at the Vatican, Gov. Jerry Brown said the world may have reached a tipping point on global warming and that humanity must reverse course or face extinction.
Brown addressed mayors and other government officials from around the world, issuing criticism of Republican politicians and business interests skeptical of climate change.READ MORE: 14-Year-Old Arrested For Murder Of Teen Found Dead Near Train Tracks In Fairfield
“We have very powerful opposition that, in at least my country, spends billions on trying to keep from office people such as yourselves and elect troglodytes and other deniers of the obvious science,” Brown told the conference according to the Los Angeles Times.READ MORE: UPDATE: Winds Stoke Massive, Still-Growing Dixie Fire in Northern California
Brown is at the Vatican amid stepped up efforts to bring support for policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The summit was called by Pope Francis following the recent release of his encyclical on climate change.
Brown has made climate change a central theme of his governorship, promoting a plan to set a carbon reduction benchmark in North America. The plan would increase statewide renewable electricity use to 50 percent and have drivers use half as much gasoline, among other changes.MORE NEWS: Former California Senator Barbara Boxer Assaulted, Robbed In Oakland's Jack London District
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