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Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown Uses State’s Wildfires To Lecture GOP On Climate Change

California Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown took the opportunity of a series of wildfires raging in the south of his state to hit Republicans on climate change, claiming “there is no scientific question, there’s just political denial” and that “humanity is on a collision course with nature.”

Brown spoke Sunday with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos about the fires, most of which are in San Diego County and which appear to be more contained than earlier this week.

The governor almost immediately made mention of global warming, claiming the state’s climate “appears to be changing.”

“You say that climate change definitely is at the heart of — at least, a big part of this,” Stephanopoulos noted. “You know there’s a lot of skepticism, particularly among Republicans in Washington, about that. How do you build a consensus to adapt.”

“That’s a challenge,” Brown replied. “It is true that there is virtually no Republican who accepts the science that virtually is unanimous. I mean, there is no scientific question, there is just political denial for various reasons best known to those people who are in denial.”

“We live in a world that is not just business, it’s natural,” the governor lectured. “The natural systems. And as we send billions and billions of tons of heat-trapping gases, we get heat and we get fires and we get what we’re seeing.

“So we’ve gotta gear up,” Brown continued. “We’re going to deal with nature as we can, but humanity is on a collision course with nature, and we’ve gotta adapt to it the best way we can.”

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