Climate change is an issue on which Gov. Jerry Brown has strong feelings.

In his Nov. 15 CALmatters column, Dan Walters explores the seriousness of Brown’s “preaching” about climate change and whether Brown is willing to ‘walk the walk’ on energy efficiency.

In terms of his personal consumption, Walters takes some issue with Brown’s jet-setting ways, citing a Washington Post article which explains that “nothing that we do pumps carbon dioxide into the atmosphere faster than air travel. Cancel a couple long flights, and you can halve your carbon footprint. Schedule a couple, and you can double or triple it.”

As Walters points out, Brown often embarks on long-distance trips and, next year, is planning to host a climate change conference attended by guests from around the world.

However, the more serious question, according to Walters, is how seriously Brown will take climate change when forming policy.

Walters cites science showing that California’s climate change policies, though more stringent than most others in the U.S. and globally, are not sufficient to create a significant impact.

According to Walters, if Brown is serious about his climate change “gospel,” he will act with bravery and propose legislation that will make a real difference, regardless of the political implications.

To read Walters’ full column, click here: Brown preaches carbon reduction, but does he do it?


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