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Dec 05 2012

Gov. Brewer Babbles on Global Warming

Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona was at a meeting this weekend of the Western Governor’s Association, where they will be talking about energy — a very important issue, especially in many parts of the west. But when asked about global warming, she offered up this idiotic answer:

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

Uh, okay. That’s the kind of answer I’d expect out of a junior high school student trying to fudge an answer to something she didn’t understand. But then Brewer got kind of cranky about being asked about it:

Brewer didn’t like the question. As she started walking away, she turned back toward the reporter to express her displeasure, apparently thinking the camera was off.

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

Uh, you’re talking about energy. Global warming is very relevant to that. And since you govern one of the hottest states in the country, you might want to know something about it. Brewer is simply one of the most ridiculous people I’ve ever seen in politics. She appears to be dumb as a stump, ignorant of nearly everything and completely devoid of charm. I have no idea how she’s managed to get elected twice.

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  1. 1
    democommie

    Ed:

    Jan probably thinks, when you say, “hottest states in the country” that you’re talkin’ bout her.

    FWIW, I once thought that Evan Meacham’s tenure was the nadir of AZ gubernatorial politics. I stand corrected.

  2. 2
    Didaktylos

    She appears to be dumb as a stump, ignorant of nearly everything and completely devoid of charm.

    … and those are her good points.

  3. 3
    iainr

    She appears to be dumb as a stump, ignorant of nearly everything and completely devoid of charm. I have no idea how she’s managed to get elected twice

    Because a plurality of the electorate are dumb as stumps and ignorant of nearly everything?

  4. 4
    Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

    She appears to be dumb as a stump, ignorant of nearly everything and completely devoid of charm.

    And it took the Republicans years to find her.

  5. 5
    theschwa

    “I probably don’t believe that it’s man made”
    Probably? She is not sure what she believes?

  6. 6
    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    @ ^ theschwa : Maybe Exxon hasn’t told her yet – or perhaps she forgot what they said on their talking points memo? (Rick perry -Oops!)

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    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

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

    .. And a lot of republican suckers voters are going to wondering that same thing when the next recxord -breaking extreme heatwave, drought, fire, flood, storm etc .. strikes because of the effects of Human Induced Rapid Global Overheating.

  8. 8
    mjmiller

    She appears to be dumb as a stump, ignorant of nearly everything and completely devoid of charm.

    Ed, in republican politics these are assets!

  9. 9
    scienceavenger

    “I believe that, you know, that weather elements are controlled maybe by different things.”

    Gee, ya think? After all, we are talking about an entire planet! That’s why the little graph of temperature isn’t a smooth, unbroken upward climb. I swear, sometimes it seems like GOP thinking is “if it’s got more than one variable, it’s completely unknowable”.

  10. 10
    cottonnero

    Half of Arizonans live in Maricopa County, and they keep on reelecting America’s Worst Sheriff, Joe Arpaio. So it’s no surprise that they can elect an ill-humoured, small-minded authoritarian jackass for governor too.

  11. 11
    =8)-DX

    “Probably”
    That was not supposed to be a factual statement.

  12. 12
    slc1

    Cue Sir Lancelot with his global warming denial shtick 1..2..3.

  13. 13
    djk1

    Actually, Brewer was only elected governor once, in 2010. She was previously elected to two terms as secretary of state, and she became governor in January 2009 when then-governor Janet Napolitano was named Secretary of Homeland Security.

  14. 14
    TGAP Dad

    In Arizona, they’d elect a Gila monster if it had an (R) by its name. After all, they’ve elected that dim bulb McCain how many times now? And sheriff Joe. To quote Forrest Gump, “stupid is as stupid does.”

  15. 15
    baal

    I don’t think she’s an idiot so much as suffering from dementia (apologies for long distance inferred medical diagnosis from not a doctor).

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    iknklast

    “I probably don’t believe that it’s man made”
    Probably? She is not sure what she believes?</blockquote)

    That's very similar to what the president of our college said when introducing our "sustainability coordinator". Basically, some of you believe in global warming, some of you don't. You know what I believe.

    No, we don't. Just because he hired a sustainability coordinator, I don't necessarily know one way or the other unless he tells us. But a better answer would have been "This school chooses to accept the scientific evidence on the subject, and that's why we hired our sustainability coordinator".

    I think they hired her because they thought they could make themselves look good without actually doing anything.

  17. 17
    iknklast

    Pardon the blockquote mess. Didn’t close it right.

  18. 18
    Marcus Ranum

    I don’t think she’s an idiot so much as suffering from dementia

    Dementia is a serious illness and it’s not the sufferer’s responsibility. You can be sure that every single sufferer of dementia, if given the choice, would rather not suffer from it. The same can be said of idiots – we can be sure that nobody would choose to suffer from whatever brain injuries or birth defects resulted in their condition. Brewer is where she is by choice – she appears to be capable of educating herself about global warming and reality in general but has preferred to remain ignorant. That is her choice and her responsibility. We can fairly blame her, but saying she’s suffering from dementia would actually amount to excusing her for her lazy choice to remain an ignorant fool.

  19. 19
    khms
    I don’t think she’s an idiot so much as suffering from dementia

    We can fairly blame her, but saying she’s suffering from dementia would actually amount to excusing her for her lazy choice to remain an ignorant fool.

    I suspect there’s a difference between people claiming “idiot” (essentially as an unfortunately chosen epithet) and people choosing “dementia”, in that the latter (I’m guessing) are saying “I cannot imagine that anyone sane and healthy would behave this way, therefore I suspect …”. Other people claim that the person in question must be faking it.

    Occasionally I’m finding myself in that position. I’ve yet to figure out a good way of expressing this kind of stunned disbelief.

    I do remember, when someone else said about such a case that the person in question was “completely sane”, my reaction was “your definition of sane does seem different from mine”. Mostly, IIRC, when discussing more extreme cases of criminal behavior. I wonder how much medical/legal definitions of sane are influenced by the wish to keep calling criminals sane, presumably so they get punished more. Has anyone ever looked about how much the definition varies culturally?

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    D. C. Sessions

    She appears to be dumb as a stump, ignorant of nearly everything and completely devoid of charm. I have no idea how she’s managed to get elected twice.

    You’re not on the ball today, Ed. You just explained how she’s managed to get elected (actually only once for Governor; Secretary of State is usually a door prize for Republicans who have been diligent Party workers. Or was until lately when election engineering became a key strategy.)

  21. 21
    D. C. Sessions

    Probably? She is not sure what she believes?

    Precisely. That total lack of intellect is what makes her so valuable to her Party.

  22. 22
    LightningRose

    “I have no idea how she’s managed to get elected twice.”

    If you think she’s bad, you should see her constituents.

  23. 23
    ottod

    For-profit prisons.

  24. 24
    composer99

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

    See, this is the kind of namby-pamby, wishy-washy, RINO-style compromise position that harms the good name of CAGW skepticism.

    Brewer concedes far too much ground to the marxist alarmist IPCC peer-review theocrats & their Islamist green ecofascist allies with this kind of nonsense.

  25. 25
    caseloweraz

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

    From someone who can think. She just thought it was Hell.

    (posthumous h/t: Give-’em-hell Harry)

  26. 26
    caseloweraz

    By the way, this sounds a lot like Mary Landrieu, who said about oil drilling that she didn’t know the issues but felt OK with stating an opinion anyway.

    http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/12/04/1276281/oil-advocate-mary-landrieu-on-drilling-you-dont-have-to-drill-on-every-square-inch-of-land/

  27. 27
    iangould

    So when does her 2016 Presidential campaign kick off?

  28. 28
    Ichthyic

    So when does her 2016 Presidential campaign kick off?

    *ding*

    your wish is granted:

    http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/president-jan-brewer-az-governor-found-in-afghanistan-because-2016/politics/2012/12/05/55460

  29. 29
    Michael Heath

    I saw Chasing Ice today. Highly recommended, they got a lot of “Holy Cows” from me and similar from the rest of the audience. In fact only one person left the theater at the end of the movie; everybody else stayed until the credits ended rolling and then gave a rousing applause.

    For those well-versed on climate change and denialist arguments which lie about the state of climate science, it’s not a perfect movie. E.g., the protagonist merely asserted there was a confident consensus by scientists when he should have instead reported the most recent studies validating that is a fact. There were also a couple of other places where the argument was either understated or not sufficiently framed to be as convincing as it actually is or perhaps had them overstating their case. However the positives far outweighed the mere handful of stomach cringes I got.

    The photography was simply stupendous and there was two scenes where the action was as a good as a virtual roller coaster ride. They also did a wonderful job with both video and graphics explaining how the ice sheet in Greenland is melting from beneath; a moulin video shot was one of the hairy rides.

  30. 30
    mildlymagnificent

    a moulin video shot was one of the hairy rides.

    Glaciologists, vulcanologists and nature photographers must be some of the craziest daredevils around.

    I know meteorologists chase hurricanes and oceanographers risk drowning/hypothermia – but watching one of those “routine” glaciologist – measure the flow into a moulin with a cup on a stick – exercises on my monitor, not on a theatre sized screen, was a nightmare. Why don’t they come up with something better/safer/notcrazy to do that? I think they just don’t see the need.

    And I’m going to see Chasing Ice first chance I get.
    http://climatecrocks.com/2012/11/28/fox-news-fan-chasing-ice-changed-my-life/ – for those who’ve not had the pleasure.

  31. 31
    mildlymagnificent

    As for Gov Brewer’s wishy washy “opinion”. My 84 year old mother has a definite opinion – climate scoffer. Australia’s ‘the land of droughts and flooding rains’ and all that.

    She also lives at a latitude much like parts of Arizona and she is horrified, mortified beyond belief, that Germany gets more of its power from solar than Australia does. Germany! Of all places! She has enough solar panels on her carport roof to reduce her power bills to nil or a reasonable credit on the feed-in tariff.

    You don’t need to believe in anything to make the best use of the natural advantages of your location or its climate.

  32. 32
    bradleybetts

    My biggest problem with her statement is that she doesn’t appear to understand the difference between weather and climate. Her opinion on how much man has contributed is an opinion, though the opinion we have not contributed at all is stupid and not backed up by facts… but this is a basic understanding of the English language.

  33. 33
    changerofbits

    Maybe someone should tell her that 99 out of 100 climate scientists think global warming is caused by humans. Apparently, conservative skeptics (not that Jan Brewer and skeptic should even be uttered in the same sentence) are swayed by argumentum ad populum, but not argumentum ad datum:

    http://news.yahoo.com/climate-skeptics-swayed-consensus-not-evidence-233150461.html

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