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Brown: Global Leaders Must Stop "Goofing Off" On Climate Change

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

California Gov. Jerry Brown appears on PRI's "Science Friday" from the Capital Public Radio studios in Sacramento on Friday, January 27, 2017.

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

California Gov. Jerry Brown says it’s too soon to panic over global threats like climate change and nuclear terrorism – but he’s urging leaders to step up, and is continuing to criticize climate change skeptics.

“The sense of urgency that I have derives from my perception that the world leaders – in a rather accurate sense – are goofing off,“ Brown said Friday in an interview on Public Radio International's Science Friday. They’re not talking to one another at the highest levels about the most important threats.”

Asked after the show about President Trump’s executive orders on immigration, Brown declined to say California should declare itself a “sanctuary state.”

“That’s not a term I would use for the state,” the governor told Capital Public Radio.

Brown said he’ll wait and see what the Trump administration actually does, rather than judging the executive orders that he termed “statements of intent.”

Ben Adler

Capitol Bureau Chief

Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler first became a public radio listener in the car on his way to preschool – though not necessarily by choice. Now, he leads Capital Public Radio’s state Capitol coverage, which airs on NPR stations across California.  Read Full Bio