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Jerry Brown Calls Out Trump on Climate Change


July 28, 2016

California Governor Jerry Brown spoke on Day Three of the DNC too early for primetime viewing on the West Coast. He talked about climate change and said not only did the Republicans ignore it but Donald Trump denies it even exists. Here is the Governor's entire 5-minute speech, and the transcript is below.


Announcer: Please welcome Governor Jerry Brown of California.

[Instrumental music plays: California Dreaming]

Gov. Jerry Brown:

Thank you. [chanting: Jerry, Jerry, Jerry] Thank you. As we just saw, climate...  [chanting: Jerry, Jerry, Jerry]

That sounds good -- [cheers] but I only have five minutes I have to get going here.

As we just saw, climate change is unlike any other threat we humans face. It’s overarching and affects the entire earth and all living things. It’s slow. It’s relentless. It is subject to irreversible tipping points and vast unknowns. Combatting climate change, the existential threat of our time, will take heroic effort on the part of many people and many nations.

Make no mistake, climate change is real. The vast majority of world leaders and climate scientists, like those at NASA and the Department of Defense, indeed almost anyone who chooses to think, believes in the science of climate change and sees the moral imperative to take action. [cheers]

But you wouldn’t know it by listening to Donald Trump. Last week, at the Republican Convention, for 76 long and painful minutes, Trump conjured up a host of dark threats, but never once mentioned the words ‘climate change’ or ‘global warming.’ What do you expect? Trump represents a party with officials who have banned state employees from even using those words in Florida and who know where else.

Trump says global warming is a hoax. I say Trump is a fraud. [cheers] Trump says there is no drought in California. I say Trump lies. [cheers]

So it is not surprising that Trump chose as his running mate a man who denies there’s such a thing as evolution. Rarely in American history have two parties diverged so profoundly. Even the Know-Nothing, anti-immigrant party of the 1850's did not stray this far into sheer ignorance and dark fantasy as have the Republicans and their leader Donald Trump. [cheers]

Our candidate, Hillary Clinton, couldn’t be more different. While Trump talks and talks and talks, Hillary does stuff.  She fights for us on the big issues. As Secretary of State, she paved the way for the historic Paris Climate Agreement, an agreement which 200 nations, including China and India, enthusiastically embrace. And Mr. Trump, he says, the world be damned, I'm tearing it up.

Hillary’s the one who launched the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, a group of nations taking action to reduce black carbon and other super climate pollutants which cause severe heart and lung damage. And from her first day in office, President Hillary Clinton will do what’s needed to combat climate change and lead the clean energy revolution. And yes, we do need a revolution, [cheers] and we’re gonna get one.

We know something about that in California. [cheers] We have solar, wind, zero emission cars, energy efficiency and yes, a price on carbon. We're proving that even with the toughest climate laws in the country, our economy is growing faster than almost any nation in the whole world. [cheers]

Mr. Trump and those who live in climate denial say otherwise. They tell us we have to choose between saving the economy and saving the planet. Donald Trump and the climate deniers are dead wrong. Dangerously wrong. What America needs today are not deniers, but leaders. Not division, but common purpose. Not bombast, but bold action. That’s why we need Hillary. That is why the American people who choose her as the next President of the United States. Thank you. [cheers]

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