California Governor Jerry Brown uses Twitter to school Ben Carson about the reality of global warming

"The consequences are real," he wrote, "climate change is much bigger than partisan politics"


Scott Eric Kaufman
September 14, 2015 8:04PM (UTC)

California Governor Jerry Brown chided Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson over the weekend for statements he made regarding climate change.

"I hope you've enjoyed your visit to the Golden State," he began, before noting that Carson recently said:

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I know there are a lot of people who say "overwhelming science," but then when you ask them to show the overwhelming science, they never can show it...There is no overwhelming science that the things that are going on are man-caused and not naturally caused. Gimme a break.

That, evidently, is something that Governor Brown isn't willing to do, as he included with his letter a flash drive "with the complete United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 'Synthesis Report,'" which "assessed over 30,000 scientific papers and was written by more than 800 scientists, representing 80 countries around the world, who definitively concluded that 'human influence on the climate system is clear and growing, with impacts observed across all continents and oceans."

The governor added that "[t]his is just one of thousands of reports authored by the world's top scientists on the subject," and that "[t]hese aren't just words," because "[t]he consequences are real."

"Climate change is much bigger that partisan politics," Brown concluded.

Read the entire letter below via the California governor's official press office on Twitter:

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Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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