California governor Jerry Brown took the opportunity of the San Diego wildfires to assail Republicans over global-warming dissent, noting that the state is now “in the third year of a very dry season.”
“There’s virtually no Republican who accepts the science that is virtually unanimous,” Brown said. “There is no scientific question. There’s just political denial for various reasons best known to those people who are in denial.”
Brown also called for heavier regulation on how residents “live, how they build their homes, and what kind of vegetation is allowed to grow around them.”
Brown, who challenged Bill Clinton in the 1992 presidential primary (running on a flat-tax platform), also denied that a Hillary Clinton presidential nomination would be the “coronation” he accused Bill Clinton of receiving 22 years ago. He cautioned that Hillary’s front-runner status puts her at risk of a challenge.