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California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks to researchers and scientists during a call to action on climate change at the Water, Energy and Smart Technology Summit and Showcase at NASA Ames Research Center Thursday, May 23, 2013 in Mountain View, Calif. Listening from left, are panelists Waleed Abdalati, James E. Hansen, Dr. Anthony D. Barnosky, and Banny Banerjee. Brown warned scientists and policymakers Thursday that they are losing the war on climate change and urged them to become advocates for the planet. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

California Governor Jerry Brown rallied a group of scientists yesterday, striking a defiant tone when he suggested that California's government would defy the federal government on any effort to stop or reverse policies fighting global climate change.

“We’ve got the scientists, we’ve got the lawyers and we’re ready to fight. We’re ready to defend,” he said to applause at the American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco. “And California is no stranger to this fight. Our emission standards, our energy rules, drove U.S. policy. Whatever Washington thinks it is doing, California is the future.”

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