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My observations of Gov. Jerry Brown as California's cap-and-trade evangelist

Brown testifies before the Senate Environmental Quality Committee, arguing for his cap-and-trade legislation. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)
Brown testifies before the Senate Environmental Quality Committee, arguing for his cap-and-trade legislation. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

I’ve never seen Gov. Jerry Brown as animated, emotional and tenacious as he was before the state Senate Environmental Quality Committee, arguing for his embattled cap-and-trade climate control legislation.

He resembled a cross between the Clint Eastwood character Walt Kowalski in “Gran Torino” — “Get off my lawn!” — and some street-corner preacher warning that the end is near. He’s also the most effective politician Sacramento has seen in a very long time.

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