Gov. Jerry Brown to Climate Scientists: We Will Persevere

It'll be up to you as truth-tellers, truth seekers to mobilize all your efforts to fight back. And we have a good example: big tobacco was pretty powerful, but they lied and they came a cropper not just with scientists but with lawyers. And in California we got plenty of lawyers. So we got the scientists, we got the lawyers, and we're ready to fight. We're ready to defend. And California is no stranger to this fight. For a long time we've been fighting efforts to reduce vehicle emissions, to improve our environment and in recent years we've taken even more aggressive steps. The California vehicle emission standards became the national standards. California drove the United States. The Obama administration responded to the California Air Resources Board. That's how we got there. So a lot of people say what the hell you doing Brown, you're not a country.

Well, judged by measures of gross domestic product of over 2.2 trillion, we're the fifth or sixth largest economy in the world. And we got a lot of firepower. We got the scientists, we got the universities, we have the National Labs, and we have the political clout and sophistication for the battle. And we will persevere have no doubt about that..