California Gov. Jerry Brown a 'hypocrite' when it comes to oil drilling, critics say
LOS ANGELES – When it comes to climate change, America's most passionate voice is not in Washington, but California, where Gov. Jerry Brown spent decades attacking global warming.
But that perception is now under scrutiny, not from the right but environmentalists and critics on the left who call the governor a hypocrite.
"This week Gov. Brown is going to stand on the world stage and say California is leading the way on climate change and it is just not true," said Consumer Watchdog president Jamie Court. "The governor has made his own record of hypocrisy by failing to do anything to go after fossil fuel companies and the oil industry."
Consumer Watchdog is among a coalition of some 800 community and environmental groups, including Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth, who plan to protest Brown Thursday morning at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, where the governor is hosting a Global Action Climate Summit for some 4,000 scientists and activists from around the world.
The coalition, calling itself "Brown's Last Chance," said while the governor warns of a coming climate catastrophe he is overly accommodating to California's fossil fuel industry, accepting more than $9 million in campaign-related donations since becoming governor in 2011.
"Jerry Brown has permitted 20,000 new oil wells as governor," said the campaign's 30-second TV ad, featuring a child in front of an oil rig. "Gov. Brown how could you be so cruel and heartless?"
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