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The Governor of California oversees the world's eighth largest economy, so it makes sense for him to join more than 100 heads of state at the Climate Change Summit. 

Later on the program, the moderate Democrat who helped make that victory come about is quitting the State Assembly. Where's he going?

Photo: California Air Resources Board

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Evan George

Governor Brown: On His Way to Paris 20 MIN, 18 SEC

On his way to the Climate Summit in Paris, Governor Jerry Brown spoke to reporters and radio hosts today.  I asked him what he hopes to accomplish since California has no official role. He says California's a "catalyst" for change in the fight against greenhouse emissions. Is that's consistent with his support for fracking, diverting cap-and-trade fees to high-speed rail and watching the oil industry score a big victory in Sacramento?

Guests:
Jerry Brown, State of California (@JerryBrownGov)
Mark Hertsgaard, Nation magazine (@markhertsgaard)
Jon Christensen, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (@the_wrangler)

More:
Brown at the UN Climate Conference
Hertsgaard on catastrophic warming despite emission pledges at the summit
Hertsgaard on California's new emissions law enlisting utilities to help wean drivers off gasoline
Christensen on Brown, climate change and 'a chance of apocalypse'
UC Report, 'Bending the Curve: Ten scalable solutions for carbon neutrality and climate stability'

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Mark Hertsgaard

Leader of Democrats' Moderate Bloc Is Quitting the Assembly 4 MIN, 50 SEC

Governor Brown concedes that the oil industry won a big victory in this year's legislative session. It was orchestrated by Assemblyman Henry Perea of Fresno. He's been talked about as the leader of moderate Democrats sympathetic to business interests — but today he announced that he's stepping down a year before his term in elected office runs out. Melanie Mason reports from Sacramento for the LA Times.

Guests:
Melanie Mason, Los Angeles Times (@melmason)

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