‘It borders on not only insanity, but criminality…’
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) California Gov. Jerry Brown had some heated words for President Donald Trump on Thursday.
One might even say they were alarmist—as in climate change alarmist.
Brown was speaking at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, when he was asked how historians would remember Trump on the issues of climate change and the environment.
“A liar, criminal, fool. Pick your choice,” he said, knowing his audience.
Brown, an 80-year-old career Democrat who previously served as California’s governor from 1975-83, and who goes by the nickname “Moonbeam,” railed against the Trump administration for rolling back what many outside of progressive coastal cities see as Obama administration abuses of power.
Trump has significantly undermined harsh Obama-era regulations on vehicle emissions, power plants, and oil and gas production—in favor of supporting energy independence, lower gas prices, hydraulic fracking and coal power jobs.
But Brown characterized the administration as being “very highly destructive.”
“When Trump says in effect we like more methane going into the air, that is highly destructive; very highly destructive,” he said, shortly before taking a seat on stage next to billionaire Michael Bloomberg.
He added that the Trump administration’s policies are a “major assault on the well-being of the people of California and America and the world.”
“It borders on not only insanity, but criminality,” Brown continued.
As co-host of the Global Climate Action Summit, Brown proudly touted California as the state with the strictest environmental regulations in the country.
He also championed a new state law committing California to obtain 100 percent of its electricity from clean energy sources by 2045—long after the current gubernatorial administration is gone.
After signing the law, Brown complained to Bloomberg that Trump has “designated himself” the “enemy of the people.”
“I’m calling him out because climate change is a real threat of death, destruction and ultimate extinction,” Brown said.