Brewer not a big draw with other governors

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. -- Although she was introduced as a political rock star Saturday, Gov. Jan Brewer wasn't a very big draw.

The Western Governors' Association held its annual winter meeting in Paradise Valley. But of the 19 governors in the group, only two showed up to see Brewer deliver a brief keynote speech.

During the three-minute address, Brewer bragged about the state's agricultural production and her record of recruiting renewable energy businesses to Arizona.

"Since 2010, 12 renewable energy companies have relocated or expanded their operations here in Arizona, creating more than 1,900 new jobs and more than $1 billion in capital investment," Brewer said.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) and Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) were the two governor's who attended the meeting. They are the current vice chairman and chairman of the organization.

The focus of the two-day meeting, which will wrap up on Sunday, is energy policy.  The discussion on energy comes as Brewer told 3TV this week that she has her doubts about global warming.

Brewer said Wednesday that she doesn't believe humans are to blame for climate change, despite widespread agreement among scientists that people are causing temperatures to rise.  

"Everybody has an opinion on it, you know, and I, you know, I probably don’t believe that it’s man made," Brewer said. "I believe that, you know, that weather elements are controlled maybe by different things."

The WGA in a non-partisan organization representing 19 U.S. states, two U.S. territories in the Pacific, and one commonwealth.