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“We are at a crossroads,” Brown said in announcing the proposal, according to Climate Progress. “The challenge is to build for the future, not steal from it, to live within our means and to keep California ever golden and creative.”
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Alexandre Amaral de Aguiar
- Meteorologist. [Pending Further Investigation.]
Alexandre Aguiar is the Meteorologist and forecaster for the MetSul Weather Center of Ulbra TV in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
He is a contributor to the International Climate and Environmental Change Assessment Project (ICECAP), a website promoting climate change skepticism.
Stance on Climate Change
Aguiar believes that severe weather events are not connected to global warming:
- “We have accounts of major droughts and flooding for two hundred years. And the 2005 drought was not the worst.”
- “The Southern Cone of South America is a high risk area for tornadoes and severe storms cannot be blamed on global warming.” 
He also believes that the earth may be cooling. 
“During a summit in Chile King Juan Carlos of Spain told the president of Venezuela Hugo Chavez to shut up: 'Por qué no te callas' (Why do you not shut up?). Someone must tell Al Gore the same or invite him to visit this corner of the world. It is a never ending winter here in South America.” 
Speaker at the Heartland Institute's 2009 International Conference on Climate Change.
DeSmogBlog researched the funding behind the conference and found that sponsor organizations had collectively received over $47 million from energy companies and right-wing foundations, with 78% of that total coming from the Scaife Family of foundations.
Aguiar's presentation was titled “Dubious Connections between Global Warming and Extreme Weather Events.” 
Aguiar claims to have refuted Al Gore's forecast of a future without (cooling) La Niña events.
“It will take some more years for 'Mother Nature' to dismiss some or all of Gore forecasts,” he concluded, “but earlier predictions made by him are already proving to be an inconvenient mistake.” 
- Ulbra TV (Brazil) — Weatherman.
Aguiar does not appear to have published any articles in peer-reviewed journals.
A list of his skeptical publications is available at ICECAP.
“Dubious Connections between Global Warming and Extreme Weather Events,” Presentation at the Heartland Institute's International Conference on Climate Change (2009), March 9, 2009.
Alexandre Aguiar. “Pardon, Monsiuer Jarraud!!!” (PDF), ICECAP, January, 2009.
“Proceedings,” International Conference on Climate Change (climateconference.heartland.org). Accessed February, 2012.
“MetSul Special Report to ICECAP: Al Gore’s Inconvenient Mistake,” ICECAP, October 14, 2007.
“MetSul Special Report to ICECAP: Al Gore's Inconvenient Mistake,” Metsul Meteorologia, October 14, 2007.
“Alexandre Aguiar,” SourceWatch profile.