On Sunday's Meet the Press on NBC, California Gov. Jerry Brown sounded hesitant to blame his state's drought directly on global warming, but was sure that if anyone denies climate change, they are "absolutely unfit" for the presidency.
According to his team of scientists and their research, there is only a "connection" to the extreme weather seen around the globe some believe is attributable to global warming. When asked his thoughts on that connection with the drought in California, Brown admitted, "Look, as they say, the scientists know more about it."
Host Chuck Todd picked up on this hesitancy and asked for clarification. Brown expounded, saying it's just not possible to match a result like drought to a particular storm or build up in greenhouse gases.
"We know there is some connection," Brown said, "and we know that this drought is just the kinds of things that are absolutely inevitable in the coming years and decades."
What really bothers Brown is all of the political rhetoric surrounding the subject. That is, of course, unless it's his own.
"You can't just sit around and engage in rhetoric because some of your donors and your constituents say, 'Well, we want to make profit,'" Brown righteously declared. He added:
The coal companies are not as important as the people of America and the people of the world. And I think this has to be almost at the level of a crusade to wake people up and take the steps intelligently -- carefully -- but nevertheless, forcefully from this point going forward.
Todd paved the way for Brown to dive headlong into more political rhetoric by playing a clip of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) saying climate change is not backed by science and is simply a tool for alarmists.
This seemed to agitate Brown as he launched a strike against Cruz's intelligence. Also, Brown was suddenly able to proclaim a direct connection between drought and global warming:
What he said is absolutely false. Over 90 percent of the scientists who deal with climate are absolutely convinced that the human activity, the industrial activity, the generation of CO2, methane, oxides and nitrogens -- all the rest of those greenhouse gases -- are building up in the atmosphere, they're heat-trapping and they're causing not just warm drought in California, but severe storms and cold in the East Coast. So, it's climate disruption of many different kinds. And that man betokens such a level of ignorance and a direct falsification of the existing scientific data, it's shocking. And I think that man has rendered himself absolutely unfit to be running for office.