Gov. Jerry Brown
Gov. Jerry Brown in San Francisco. Courtesy of the governor’s office

Gov. Jerry Brown blasted what he called “criminal” efforts by the United States, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Russia to undermine climate science and called on world leaders to “wake up” to the danger.

Brown, who has made the fight against climate change a signature of his time as governor, made the comments in a video message released Thursday for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poland .

“From California, I can tell you, people are dying because of climate change — in fires, in mudslides, in floods,” he said.

“The actions and the behavior of the leaders of the United States and Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and Russia and other countries are not acceptable,” he said, adding these actions will be “condemned in future years as nothing less than a criminal enterprise.”

Brown said California has set a goal of zero carbon emissions by 2045 and taken other measures such as introducing electric vehicles and cap-and-trade carbon controls.

“Wake up, do the right thing. Leaders in Poland, this is your chance, this is your time. The people of California, the people of the United States and the people of the world expect no less,” he said.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.