Jerry Brown Warns of Climate Change Danger in NPR Exit Interview

Jerry Brown gave his final farewell and warning in an interview with NPR's Ari Shapiro Tuesday airing on All Things Considered

It is clear the main point the soon to be former governor wanted to make was that climate change will soon wipe us all out. 

"The climate [change] threat is real. It's a clear and present danger....and it's going to get here much sooner" than many people realize, Brown told Shapiro. 

The democrat also spoke about the threat of a nuclear war, his stance on criminal justice reform, and his worries for the future of California's legislature. 

"It's damn dangerous," Brown said in regards to a nuclear war destroying the country. "And I would say most politicians are 100 percent asleep with respect to this particular issue."

Brown went on to criticize how the Trump administration deals with climate change saying they "aren't doing nearly enough to fight" the looming threat, pointing to the deadly wildfires that wiped out parts of Northern and Southern California in November. 

"I'm sure that the political leaders will respond after we have four or five more disastrous fires and four or five more floods and hurricanes and tornadoes and all that," Brown said in Tuesday's interview.

Towards the end of the interview, Brown expressed his concern with California's political affiliation, fearing the state could shift too far to the left after he leaves office.  

"The weakness of the Republican Party has let the Democratic Party, I think, go get further out than I think the majority of people want," Brown says. "So there's plenty of opportunity for Republicans if they just pause, look at the world as it really is, and try to come up with something in the tradition of Lincoln and Eisenhower and other great Republicans."

Read the transcript of the full interview at NPR and listen to the interview here

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