ZEPHYR COVE, Nevada -- Perhaps the stunning blue lake waters were the inspiration for Gov. Jerry Brown to offer a crystal-clear message at Lake Tahoe's annual environmental summit: Opponents in the political fight over climate change better be ready.
"I have no intention of backing down," said Brown in regard to the current fight over one new hot-button climate change bill at the state Capitol -- though his remarks seemed in line with his general viewpoint on the environmental challenges he sees facing California.
"We're going to intensify our efforts at bringing lower carbon fuels and lower carbon pollution," he said. And then, to put a fine point on it: "We're going to attack this problem of climate change in a very positive way."
The governor joined Nevada officials, as well as regional members of California's congressional delegation and U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-San Francisco, for Monday's two-hour event on the Tahoe shoreline that emphasized cooperation and collaboration to preserve the alpine lake's cobalt-blue waters.
But even for a lake whose clarity has improved since the first summit in 1997, there's a political murkiness to efforts at protection. For almost a decade , efforts have stalled in Washington, D.C., to renew federal funding for a variety of Tahoe lake and regional environmental projects.