California governor challenges GOP candidates on climate change

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 05, 2015 10:30 AM

(Reuters) - Democratic California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday sent a letter to all Republican presidential candidates pressing them to discuss their plans to deal with climate change.

The letter, sent a day ahead of the Republican primary debate in Cleveland, attributed California's raging wildfires and years-long drought to global warming caused by human activity, a theory generally rejected by the Republican Party.

"Longer fire seasons, extreme weather and severe droughts aren't on the horizon, they're all here - and here to stay," Brown said. "Given the challenge and the stakes, my question for you is simple: What are you going to do about it?"

Brown recently enacted an aggressive plan to cut California's greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030.

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Last month, he urged governors and mayors at a Vatican conference to "fight the propaganda" of big business interests that deny that climate change is human induced.

(Reporting by Laila Kearney; Editing by Bill Trott)