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.”
“The state’s climate appears to be changing, the scientists tell us that definitely,” the three-term governor told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week Sunday. He added that the state’s future would be “radically different” from its past.
“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.”
The Golden State already has by far the heaviest environmental regulations in the country. The region appears to have been prone to wildfires since before the formation of the California territory, and in fact this year is not even the state’s driest of the last 20 years. Republicans hold no statewide offices in California, make up less than a third in both houses of the state legislature, and only have gained partial clout against the Democratic supermajority this year because three legislative Democrats have been criminally indicted or convicted.
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.