Jerry Brown tells climate deniers to wake up and smell the drought


This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

As his state faces the worst drought in its history, with mandatory water rationing for residents and fears of destruction to the agricultural sector, California Gov. Jerry Brown had a message on April 5 for climate change deniers: Wake up.

“With the weather that’s happening in California, climate change is not a hoax,” Brown said, on ABC news. “We’re dealing with it, and it’s damn serious.”

Snow pack in California this year, which historically has renewed the state’s water reservoirs each spring, has been measured at just 8 percent of usual levels. Reservoirs sit mostly dry, with 38 million residents downstream wondering where water for showers, dishes, and drinking will come from.

Earlier this week, Brown announced new rules for the amount of water California residents and municipalities can use, with the aim…

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