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Idaho governor acknowledges that climate change is real

Idaho Gov. Brad Little looks at his wife Teresa in the balcony as he delivers his State of the State address inside the house chambers at the state Capitol building, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019 in Boise, Idaho. Last week Idaho Gov. Brad Little acknowledged that climate change is real, according to reporting from High Country News. (Otto Kitsinger / AP)
Idaho Gov. Brad Little looks at his wife Teresa in the balcony as he delivers his State of the State address inside the house chambers at the state Capitol building, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019 in Boise, Idaho. Last week Idaho Gov. Brad Little acknowledged that climate change is real, according to reporting from High Country News. (Otto Kitsinger / AP)

Last week Idaho Gov. Brad Little acknowledged that climate change is real, according to reporting from High Country News.

The admission came at an event organized by the Idaho Environmental Forum.

“I mean, I’m old enough that I remember feeding cows all winter long in deep snow … boy, back in the old days when I was a kid, we had winters,” Little said.

Although studies have shown that humans are causing global temperature increases, the issue of climate change has remained mostly out of the political discourse, especially for Republicans.

For that reason, Little’s statement stands out as unique.

In Washington, Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee, a possible presidential candidate, has spoken frequently about climate change.

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