Wildfires in California have created serious devastation and destruction over the past week, where dry conditions and the region’s famous Santa Ana winds continue to fuel the flames.
According to California Gov. Jerry Brown, it’s all a result of man-made global warming. The governor went on to allude President Trump thinks climate change is a hoax because he lacks “a fear of the Lord.”
The “60 Minutes” show, which aired Sunday evening on CBS News, started out with host Bill Whitaker dramatically setting up the idea that the fires burning in California are all about politics.
“Our country is divided between red states and blue states, a division that has intensified since the election of President Donald Trump,” Whitaker said, explaining that “blue states are intensifying their resistance to the president.”
California’s Gov. Brown has criticized the president on a number of issues, Whitaker said, “but nothing raises more righteous passion in Jerry Brown than the issue of climate change. He castigates the president for denying the science and aggravating a problem Governor Brown says is causing California to burn.”
Governor Jerry Brown: Nature is not a political game. Nature is the ground on which we stand, it’s the air which we breathe. The truth of the case is that there’s too much carbon being emitted, that heat-trapping gases are building up, the planet is warming and all hell is breaking loose.
Bill Whitaker: President Trump has famously called climate change — a hoax. When he pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord he said this wasn’t a good deal for the United States.
Governor Jerry Brown: That’s a preposterous idea not even a shred of truth in that statement. So I’d say to Mr. Trump, take a deeper look, now is not the time to undo what every country in the world is committed to.
Bill Whitaker: Are you fearful?
Governor Jerry Brown: Oh yeah, you should, anyone who isn’t is not looking at the facts. I don’t think President Trump has a fear of the Lord, the fear of the wrath of God, which leads one to more humility. And this is such a reckless disregard for the truth and for the existential consequences that can be unleashed.
Whitaker said to viewers: “Brown went to the global climate summit in Bonn, Germany last month. He and former New York City mayor, Michael Bloomberg led a delegation of mayors and legislators representing 40% of the U.S. economy. While the official U.S. delegation, sent by the White House, showed up to promote coal; Brown went to tell the world President Trump doesn’t speak for all Americans.”
“I don’t think President Trump has a fear of the Lord– the fear of the wrath of God… And this is such a reckless disregard for the truth and for the existential consequences that can be unleashed,” California Governor Brown says of the president’s position on climate change pic.twitter.com/or3JfIw8m2
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) December 11, 2017
Whitaker also noted that the state of California doesn’t look like the rest of the country. Minorities make up the majority of the population, recreational marijuana is legal, and a third gender choice will soon be an option on drivers’ licenses. He told Brown, “It seems that California is way out of step with the rest of the country.”
Brown responded that California is “more in tune with the future” than the rest of the country, and said the country will look more like California in the future.
The entire interview with Brown is in the video below.
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