Before Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) delivered a speech on energy this weekend, a reporter for the local station 3TV News managed to unnerve Brewer with the last issue she had in mind: Global warming. Unhappy with the question, Brewer confronted him afterward, asking, “Where in the hell did that come from?”
Brewer, who denies manmade global warming, told 3TV News:
Everybody has an opinion on it, you know, and I probably don’t believe that it’s man made. I believe that, you know, that weather and certain elements are controlled maybe by different things.
Watch it (at the 1 minute mark):
Brewer’s energy speech only drew two colleagues, and if she had the climate science correct her remarks would have had more relevance. Arizona has reason enough to care about climate change. According to a Center for American Progress report, the state was hit by three separate billion-dollar weather events since 2011 — raging wildfires, drought, and a heat wave — hitting on average counties with households 3 percent below U.S. median income.
TPM reports that Brewer allegedly “hit the reporter with her closed fist after he asked her the question”:
After her answer, a handler swooped in and whisked her away, but about three paces out she turned back around to face the reporter who asked the last question. He had turned to a camera operator and seemed to be putting his microphone away. Brewer took her left hand, balled it into a fist and with the back of her hand she slugged the reporter on the back of his right arm. Not hard, but with enough force that he spun around to see what was going on.