California Governor Jerry Brown warned Americans on Sunday morning that California’s drought was a sign of climate change. However, in his appearance on ABC News’ This Week, with guest host Martha Raddatz, Brown also defended California farmers from charges that they are overusing water, arguing that they feed the rest of the country.
“They’re providing most of the fruits and vegetables of America,” Brown told Raddatz. “….Of course we could shut it off, if you don’t want to be produce any food and import it from some other place, theoretically you could do that. But that would displace hundreds of thousands of people. I don’t think that’s needed,” he added.
Brown warned that other water users who exceed their needs–including long, indulgent showers–could face $500 fines from the state.