California Gov. Gavin Newsom: ‘I Quite Literally Have No Patience for Climate Change Deniers’

September 13, 2020 Updated: September 13, 2020

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As Californians deal with the double-whammy of out-of-control wildfires due to the state’s lack of environmental stewardship and forced black-outs due to the state’s reliance on unreliable green energy, California Gov. Gavin Newsom had the audacity to say that he has “no patience for climate change deniers.”

Wait, what? Instead of actually addressing the massive problems at hand, which are mostly due to his boneheaded policies, Newsom unleashed a vicious verbal attack on those who question his newfound religion, known as climate change and/or global warming.

Newsom, who is not one to bite his tongue when it comes to delivering tongue lashings towards so-called climate change deniers, refuses to take responsibility for the ineptitude of his own policies, and instead tries to pin blame on those who simply refuse to believe in his holier-than-thou global warming pronouncements.

As Newsom put it, “I say this lovingly — not as an ideologue, but as someone who prides himself on being open to argument, interested in evidence — but I quite literally have no patience for climate change deniers.”

That statement is the definition of an oxymoron. How can one be open-minded yet steadfast that anyone who does not believe in climate change is akin to a Holocaust denier? After all, that is the intended argument at play.

Newsom explained that “It’s completely inconsistent, that point of view, with the reality on the ground, the facts as we are experiencing. You may not believe it intellectually, but your own eyes, your own experiences tell a different story.”

Once again, Newsom resorts to ad hominem attacks against anyone who dares to question his assessment that all things bad in California can be blamed on, you guessed it, climate change.

Newsom, offering zero evidence to support his stance that climate change is the scourge of mankind, stated, “All these things are connected. This is a challenging time. But we’re up to this challenge, and we are committed and resolved, not only to deal with this situationally, but to sustainably address these issues across the spectrum from energy to the issues of wildfires.”

So, is Newsom going to own up to the fact that his state’s lack of available power, which was so bad a few weeks ago (before the massive fires) that millions of Californians literally were left in the dark, is due to his insistence on making the Golden State the mecca of renewable power? Not likely.

Apparently, Newsom has such little respect for his own residents that he has the gall to blame his catastrophic policies on the fact that some people (who most likely don’t live in California anyways) question whether global warming is solely due to manmade carbon emissions.

And, adding insult to injury, does Newsom believe Californians are unable to simply look this stuff up on the internet, after which they can come to their own conclusions?

Once again, Newsom is the one who seems unwilling to take a neutral approach on the issue of global warming. In fact, if anyone is a so-called denier, it is Newsom, who constantly denies the truth that his policies are responsible for the pain and suffering that has befallen on so many Californians this summer.

Yet, as usual, Newsom attempts to take the moral high ground, by invoking pseudo-religious orthodoxy in terms of his obedience to the global warming cult. As he said recently, “Never have I felt more of a sense of obligation, sense of purpose, to continue to lead and maintain California’s status internationally, not just nationally, in terms of addressing the issue of climate change head-on.”

As usual, Newsom ignores the grim reality that is taking place right before him. Instead of owning up to the fact that his policies have been disastrous, he invokes platitudes and doubles-down on his failed ideas.

Bringing this full circle, ironically, Gov. Newsom is the denier.

Chris Talgo is an editor at The Heartland Institute. Talgo writes op-eds, articles for Health Care News and Environmental and Climate News, and hosts podcasts.

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