Fmr. California Governor Engages China on Climate
Jerry Brown has spent a lifetime warning us of our folly. The three-time presidential candidate and four-term California governor has been championing sustainable development since the 1970s. His philosophical, Jesuit- and Zen-influenced approach has made him a singular presence in American politics.
Since leaving office in 2019, Brown, 83, has led the California-China Climate Institute, a Berkeley-affiliated think tank that this week made the case for the early retirement of about 1,000 coal-fired power plant units across China.
We interviewed Brown last week at his off-the-grid Northern California ranch about his work with China, his worries about Congress and the darkening outlook for global cooperation.