The ‘Odd Couple’ goes to Rome: Jerry Brown, Kevin de León collaborate on climate change

November 6, 2017

Monday, November 06, 2017

Jerry Brown’s father was the 32nd governor of California. Kevin de León didn’t know his father at all.

Yet they are California leaders working on an issue both see as the most pressing of our time, speaking over the weekend on climate change at the home of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

De León, “humbled” to address renowned climate scientists in the shadow of St. Peter’s Basilica, confronted Pope Francis’ apparent criticisms of cap-and-trade systems as benefiting moneyed interests.

The son of a housekeeper from Guatemala, he noted he pushed legislation that ensures California’s system benefits disadvantaged communities.

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