Gov. Jerry Brown was optimistic about the state of climate change policy at a San Francisco conference on Wednesday, saying he was glad to see President Trump meet with Pope Francis this week.
Pope Francis has been outspoken about the issue of climate change, and gave Trump his nearly 200-page encyclical on the issue at their Vatican meeting.
"It’s very good that the pope met with President Trump and very good that President Trump met with him. ... Don't underestimate the power of the Holy Father. I think that has effect," Brown told reporters before speaking to a group of Dutch and Californian public workers and business leaders.
The governor said that despite Trump's rhetoric around climate change, "I don't think President Donald Trump will want to stand aside as this climate story unfolds."