Jan Brewer: ‘I probably don’t believe’ climate change is man made

By David Edwards
Monday, December 3, 2012 14:08 EDT
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Jan Brewer speaks to KTVK
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Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer recently lashed out at a reporter before her appearance at an energy conference, demanding to know “where in the hell” a question about climate change came from.

Prior to her Saturday night speech on energy at the Western Governors’ Association, KTVK’s Dennis Welch wanted to get Brewer’s view on climate change because — as the station noted — it was “[i]ntertwined with the discussion of energy.”

“Everybody has an opinion on it and I probably don’t believe that it’s man made,” Brewer replied. “I believe, you know, that weather elements are controlled maybe by different things.”

But the Arizona governor may have not been aware that the cameras were still rolling when she approached Welch after the interview.

“Where in the hell did that come from?” she asked.

Only two of the 19 governors in the Western Governors’ Association showed up to hear Brewer’s three-minute keynote speech, according to KTVK.

“Since 2010, 12 renewable energy companies have relocated or expanded their operations here in Arizona, creating more than 1,900 new jobs and more than $1 billion in capital investment,” she told the group.

In 2011, Brewer issued an executive order which made it clear that Arizona would no longer participate in the Western Climate Initiative, a multi-state attempt to limit greenhouse gasses.

Think Progress noted on Monday that Arizona had been “hit by three separate billion-dollar weather events since 2011 — raging wildfires, drought, and a heat wave.”

Watch this video from KTVK, broadcast Dec. 2, 2012.

(h/t: The Huffington Post)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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