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Brown defends California steps to fight climate change

Posted: November 16, 2012 1:00 p.m.
Updated: November 16, 2012 1:00 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has told attendees at an environmental conference that climate change must be solved or humans may one day be forced to live on another planet.

Addressing the Greenbuild Expo in San Francisco on Friday, Brown lauded California's cap-and-trade auction for greenhouse gas emissions, which began earlier this week.

The Democratic governor said future generations will be living indoors or "on some other planet" if other states and the nation do not follow California's lead.

Brown said he has always been a steward of the environment, saying he earned the nickname "Governor Moonbeam" decades ago during his first gubernatorial stint in part because of his interest in solar energy.

The governor seemed energized by his Nov. 6 victory, when voters approved his deficit-reducing ballot initiative to raise taxes.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.




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