Brown Backs State's Fracking Regulators, Promises
California Governor Jerry Brown says he supports the people
he's put in charge of regulating the process of extracting oil and
natural gas known as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." He
says California's fossil fuel deposits have "extraordinary"
Some legislative Democrats and environmental groups have
raised safety concerns about fracking. Brown told reporters
in San Francisco Wednesday that he's confident his administration
will handle all safety and regulatory questions as they come
"They'll be decided based on science, based on common sense
and based on a deliberative process that listens to people - but
also wants to take advantage of the great opportunities we have in
this state," the governor said.
Brown spoke at an event with U.S. Interior Secretary Ken
Salazar, at which they announced two new renewable energy projects
in eastern Riverside County.
Gov. Brown on Pope Francis: "I'm glad he's a
California Governor Jerry Brown shares a significant trait
with the new pope.
"Well, I'm glad he's a Jesuit," said Brown, who himself was a
Jesuit seminarian for four years in the late 1950's.
The governor says Pope Francis might bring a broader,
"Southern Hemisphere" perspective to the Vatican because he's from
Argentina. "But what the hell do I know?" he
added. "I thought Jesuits were not allowed to consider higher
office - at least, they weren't in my day."