Here's just one example of what the governor had to say:
Brown: "The main thing we have to deal with in climate change is the skepticism, the denial and the cult-like behavior of the political lemmings that would take us over the cliff."
And Brown said he knows a thing or two about cults.
Brown: "I don't know whether I'd say my Jesuit experience was a cult experience, but it was dogmatic (laughter), somewhat one-sided, to say the least, and not particularly open to contrary opinion. So that is NOT what climate science is all about."
Speaking to a couple hundred leaders in politics, business and science, the governor vowed that California will fight global warming critics to put the world on a more sustainable path.
Delta Progress Coming Next Year
Brown also promised action in the coming year on finding a way to store and move water through the California Delta.
A state panel is examining ideas like a peripheral canal or an underground tunnel. The panel is expected to release an environmental report in June.
The governor says under California law he's not allowed to say which proposal he supports until the report is released.
Brown: "In addition, I haven't really read the damn thing. And so (laughter) I don't have a bias because I don't know what the hell it is. But we're gonna do something. And it will cost money and it will be controversial. But like other things, we're gonna get a lot of things done next year."
Twenty-five million Californians - including much of the state's agriculture industry - rely on the Delta for their water.