Jerry Brown conflates California fires with “climate change”

Governor Jerry Brown blames the California drought and dangerous wildfires on “climate change.”

The Daily Journal quotes Brown:

“This is a wakeup call,” Brown said standing in front of a scorched hillside at the FireCowboy Camp Trailhead a few miles outside of Lake County. “California is burning,” boldly asking politicians, “What the hell are you going to do about it?”

‘He attributed the now four-year drought California faces to the extreme weather conditions brought by climate change, an issue he’s recently had on his agenda.

On Wednesday, the governor penned an open letter to GOP presidential candidates, asking them to address climate change during their first debate.

He told reporters Thursday, however, that, “this is not a game of politics. We need to limit our carbon pollution. These are real lives and real people,” adding, “We need to make major changes in the way we operate.”

US wet and dry history graphYet historical records show that extreme weather is running from normal to low, including drought and fire.

Should California deal with its very real drought by ramping up emergency response and securing new sources of fresh water, or by demonizing American industry and CO2?

Exploiting genuine hardship and suffering to advance the global warming narrative is shameful.

Question for Governor Brown: Had Henry Ford never mass-produced the automobile or Edison invented the light bulb, had we never had the industrial revolution and lived in squalor, would California have had one more drop of rain?

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Craig Rucker is the executive director and co-founder of CFACT.

  • Anon Anon

    How much of the area burned has not burned in years?

  • dosssva

    This is a fine graphic but is not regional in nature. How has California done specifically?

  • dosssva

    cherry picking data is fun. This from the same website the above graphic was copy and pasted from…https://www.climate.gov/news-features/event-tracker/california-facing-worst-drought-record

  • CaptTurbo

    The people of Commiefornia deserve Moonbeam Brown.

  • independent thinker

    This is a repetition of conditions 1,500-2,000 years ago. It is something that happens periodically and man can do NOTHING to prevent it.

  • Karen Stickney

    If the East Coast stopped hogging all the precipitation, then there wouldn’t be a problem.

  • topperj

    Poor water management and the blame game have worsened any drought conditions. They aren’t being caused by Globaloney.

  • MILES E DRAKE

    What the hell we need to do about it is to expel Californication from the dying republic and let them try to survive as a one-party socialist Spanish-speaking state. They can join Mexico, which has been the plan in many quarters all along, or go into receivership and be taken over by the United Nations. Available evidence suggests that they could support themselves as a worldwide abortion mill and organ dealer, or as the world’s largest middleman for Peruvian nose candy.

    • Florian75

      Your strategy may have merit but will probably soon have to be applied to other states similarly affected by the invasion. The de facto war Mexico wages against the USA is running out the clock for Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. I favor your drastic solution because I like to think it may provide the impetus for the core of well-armed conservative hold-outs remaining in California to initiate a modern day Bear Flag Revolt, complete with a sacking/burning of Sacramento and a bunch of 5 minute tribunals w/ firing squads designed to purge the one-party crony criminal syndicate Corruptocracy. A guy can dream, can’t he?

      • Ed

        Northern California should have become a separate state decades ago…

    • theresasheridan

      Besides the fact that geographically CA is mostly conservative, and we grow your food, nimrod! We’re just as pissed off as you are as the liberal cities that think they know everything and end up making the decisions for the rest of us. Get real, you don’t have a clue what you’re talking about.

  • tom2

    Probably flashing back to his ’60s vintage hippie days. Deluded by the promise that if we give a whole bunch of money to Al Gore, a whole bunch of lefties will save us from extinction.

  • John Prescott

    It should be manifestly clear to any right-thinking Liberal (pun intended) that Mexifornia’s current disastrous water situation is NOT in any way, shape, manner or form a predictable result of Liberals’ having refused for DECADES to expand their water system (it might harm a snail darter, or a snail, or . . . whatever).

    True, there has been a drought, but the lack of reservoir capacity (thus, water) has resulted from Mexifornians’ understandable desire to save the Planet by depriving the Evil Tea Party folks in flyover country of the means to brew ‘excessive’ tea. [sarc trigger-warning for Libs].

  • Brown is in charge of California – what’s he going to do about it? Other than the blame game, what are his solutions that he can exercise as Governor? China is the biggest offender – perhaps he can issue an executive order to cease permitting California ports from offloading Chinese goods?

  • Lee Morrison

    In the 1960s, Gerry Brownout was a leading anti-nuclear energy activist. Having contributed mightily to Calfornia’s dependence on out-of-state energy production, he has now found a new hobby horse to ride to the statehouse. He is a self-centered economic and social saboteur of the worst kind.

  • moberndorf

    Besides being a knee-jerk (emphasis on “jerk”) leftist, he has never been known for his intellect. Word has it that house plants snicker and look down on him.

  • DavidE1940

    California Gov. Jerry Brown is just as lousy a governor as his Dad was. The state was always in the red until Ronald Reagan put it back in the black again.

    • Florian75

      Yeah, but his dad was a big proponent of water infrastructure and was instrumental getting the California Aqueduct built.

  • Steelyal

    Jerry Brown, Obama,Hillary are a disgrace to this Nation. Add John Kerry also.. I have a question ! Why do Obama and Hillary have Iranian advisors???? Are we being sold down the river?

  • arthur applegate

    Do you need more gas?

  • AllenBarclayAllen

    California Governor is a Climatard Flat Earth Moonbat Moron !
    Without CO2 there’s no Clouds !! Without Clouds there’s no RAIN !
    Without rain California Burns to the Ground !! IDIOT !!
    If you could reduce the CO2 PPM From 388 to a lower point Rain would become impossible. There are 38 Active Volcanoes in the world that keep the CO2 at a Steady 388 PPM !!
    STICK YOUR THUMB DOWN A VOLCANO YOU STUPID GOVERNOR !!

  • paasingby

    European cheatgrass has been spreading across the US crowding out native species leading to more fires.

  • Gus

    See this article from just a year ago, “Radical environmentalist pleads guilty to arson in Western fires” [1]. This was not the first such case, neither was it isolated. In Australia, where the situation is quite similar, of 60,000 bush fires each year, 9% are found to be lit deliberately, 21% are considered suspicious [2]. Firefighters were themselves implicated in arson too [3].
    Make no mistake. There are people deriving profit from this disaster, be it political or pecuniary. A thorough criminal investigation is in order.
    [1] http://www.nbcnews.com/news/other/radical-environmentalist-pleads-guilty-arson-western-fires-f8C11374180
    [2] http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-21072349
    [3] https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/tr-141.pdf

  • PV Maro

    I have a hangnail. Must be climate change.

    • Pam Dunn

      I just passed gas and it stinks; DAMN that Climate Change !!!

  • AllenBarclayAllen

    No Jerry Brown those fires are deliberately set by ignorant MOONBAT CLIMATARDS that Refuse to do Proper Burn off’s in wet season of that dry underbrush in California Forest. Under Brush when burnt provides Carbon Ash that dissolves into The Aquifer forming A Carbon Static Electrical water plasma charge that draws normal rainfall ! A plasma Charge that Purifies water like a Charcoal filter ! A plasma Charge that flowing east to west, West to east, threw sand building a Static electrical charge that draws Normal Rainfall. Nikola Tesla told you Morons this years ago but you were to MOONBAT DUMB to understand what he was saying.
    By the way Florida Forestry Does this Practice Controlled Burns every year ! Incidentally It produces a better Tree Wood Product by drawing sap out and Killing Wood Boring Insects. But California Forestry people aren’t allowed to do this Controlled Burn off because of these SCREAMING IDIOT TREE HUGGING MOONBAT CLIMATARDS !
    Eventually with this Forestry STUPIDITY there will be no trees in California ! YA hear that California , with your CLIMATARD thinking you don’t amount to a Pimple on the ASS of the lowest ranking man women in Florida Forestry !!

  • Ed

    Yeah Jerry…it has nothing to do with over population in an area that is traditionally considered arid, poor political planning, and crumbling infrastructure. This type of politician is the reason America is in such dire straights today…nationally we see crumbling infrastructure, we are broke at the State and Federal level, militarily weaker than any time since WW2, and race relations haven’t been this bad since the 1950’s. People like J Brown always want to blame someone else, never taking responsibility for their own actions, such as an open boarder policy to win liberal votes that has seen California’s population surge in the areas least able to handle it. Such as poor infrastructure planning that created a situation were water supply was never going to be able to handle unsustainable population growth. And fiscal spending decisions based on winning votes instead of doing what needed to be done to secure America’s future. Why no desalinization plants Jerry, why no water reclamation planning, why no reservoir expansions years ago so the water would be there today ?

  • Pam Dunn

    MOONBEAM BROWN was a total moron the FIRST time he was in office, running up expenses and driving the state into BANKRUPTCY (after Reagan left an EIGHT BILLION DOLLAR surplus in the banks.) Going bald made moonbeam even Stupider but them California is loaded with ignorant enviro-whackos in all the big cities and union idiots and union butt kissers in the legislature.

  • theresasheridan

    This has nothing to do with climate change and EVERYTHING to do with extreme enviros and idiotic politicans who have eliminated most logging and cattle grazing, which helps to control all this fuel.
    People like Brown are too stupid to see it though, and want to blame everything on climate change, instead of their own ridiculous policies. God forbid they have to admit failure or take responsibility for anything.
    They are the ones responsible for thousand of people losing their homes, and all the wildlife that has perished because of this.

  • Stacia

    Someone needs to put him in a straight jacket and take him to the looney farm!

  • Paul Ahern

    The climate changes on a daily basis – Thank you Captain Obvious, er a Gov Brown.

  • WakeupinCA

    Doesn’t he need to ask himself this question? We need to stop emissions from air traffic, whether it’s chemtrails or not, it contains aluminum, strontium and barium. It’s keeping the trees from absorbing any water whatsoever. Trees are dying and it’s not just from the drought. He knows about the chemicals and isn’t willing to put his money where his mouth is. CA needs to stop pretending like they know how to engineer the weather, it’s keeping moisture from the areas that need it most. Contrails are not supposed to linger for very long. Chemtrails however, linger for some 8 hours or more and create haze, create repiratory infections and asthma issues for people. Next time you are out look up, in the morning it’s somewhat clear and blue and by afternoon, it’s streaked with trails of haze. You can see the planes. They are blocking photosynthesis. Go to geoengineeringwatch.org to get more information.