- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 18, 2014

California Gov. Jerry Brown said Sunday that Republicans are in “denial” over climate change as his state battles “on the front lines” against a rash of fires that have swept Southern California.

“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,” the Democrat said on ABC’s “This Week,” Politico reported.

“It is true that there’s virtually no Republican who accepts the science that virtually is unanimous,” Mr. Brown said. “There is no scientific question. There’s just political denial for various reasons best known to those people in denial. But whatever the thoughts of the Republicans, we in California are on the front lines.”

“As the climate changes, this is going to be radically different future than was our historic past,” he said. “Humanity is on a collision course with nature, and we’re just going to have to adapt to it the best we can.”

Mr. Brown said the fires were relatively under control after forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate and causing close to $20 million in damage.

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