Jerry Brown in Paris: California governor goes deep on climate change and other global threats

California Gov. Jerry Brown had a song stuck in his head, and he wanted to hear it.

Standing outside a conference center shortly after giving a speech on climate change, he asked for someone to play it on their phone. And when the refrain arrived, he sang along to the Barry McGuire tune from 1965 -- “We’re on the eve of destruction.”

“We have a theme song!” said Nancy McFadden, the governor’s top aide.

It was a fitting anthem for Brown’s trip to the U.N. summit on climate change, a trip that revolved around the governor’s favorite topic -- dire threats to life as we know it.

Brown’s swing through Paris reflected not only the environmentalism that could be his political legacy, but also his preoccupation with sources of potential catastrophe.

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