TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - “I don’t think President Trump has a fear of the Lord, the fear of the wrath of God, which leads one to more humility ... and this is such a reckless disregard for the truth and for the existential consequences that can be unleashed,” Brown said during a televised interview with CBS News's "60 Minutes" show that is set to be aired on Sunday.
The excerpts of the interview were released Friday evening by the major network.
The California Democrat, who had studied to become a Jesuit priest before getting involved in politics, has been one of the harshest critics of the Trump administration’s climate change policies, which have included pulling out of the Paris climate accord and scrapping Obama-era rules limiting carbon emissions from power plants.
The governor further pushed back on Republican arguments that aggressive environmental policies inhibit economic growth.
“We have a cap and trade system, which is a very efficient way to reducing greenhouse gases. We have zero-emission vehicle mandate. We have efficiency standards for our buildings, for our appliances. California is showing that dealing with climate is good for the economy, not bad,” Brown emphasized.
His remarks came as firefighters in southern California continued to battle massive wildfires that in just a few days have damaged thousands of acres of property and ruined more than 1,000 structures.
Trump declared a state of emergency in the Western coastal state, allowing federal assistance to supplement the state and local response to the wildfires.
The order permits the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster relief measures in the areas affected by the extensive blaze.
Northern California also grappled earlier this year with a series of wildfires that left 44 people dead and caused billions of dollars of damage to public and private properties.