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Brown Talks Fracking, New Pope at SF Event

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Brown Backs State's Fracking Regulators, Promises Deliberative Process
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" potential.
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 up.
"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 Jesuit"
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."
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