California Gov. Jerry Brown has responded to GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson coming into his state and talking global warming.
Brown, a Democrat and environmental advocate, wrote a letter to Carson after he made an appearance in California and talked climate change while there.
"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," Carson said. "There is no overwhelming science that the things that are going on are man-caused and not naturally caused," Carson told the San Francisco Chronicle.
Brown disagreed, and sent Carson a computer flash drive containing the entire United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report.
"This report was assessed more than 30,000 papers and was written by more than 800 scientists, representing 80 countries around the world, who definitely concluded that: … 'human influence on the climate system is clear and growing, with impacts observed across all continents and oceans,'" Brown wrote.
Brown tweeted a photo of the letter and flash drive, calling Carson a "science denier."
Brown said climate changed has worsened his state's current drought, adding, "These aren’t just words. The consequences are real."
Brown concluded with an appeal to the retired brain surgeon: "Please use your considerable intelligence to review this material. Climate change is much bigger than partisan politics."
Mike Miller at Independent Journal found the governor's words ironic.
"Instead of providing data and quantifying man's effect on climate change, along with calculating the cost-benefit analysis of any sensible U.S. actions that can be undertaken to address the perceived problem, Jerry Brown hurled epithets and appealed to the authority of the I.P.C.C.: the same organization whose climate models have failed to predict the widely admitted 'global warming' hiatus 95% of the time," Miller wrote.
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