President Donald Trump has threatened to cut federal funding for the spate of devastating wildfires burning throughout California while blaming Gov. Gavin Newson for failing to prevent the natural disasters.
‘The Governor of California, @GavinNewsom, has done a terrible job of forest management. I told him from the first day we met that he must “clean” the forest floors regardless of what his bosses, the environmentalists, DEMAND of him,’ Trump wrote.
However, neither of the two massive wildfires currently burning in California – the Maria Fire north of Los Angeles or the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County – are on forest land.
He added that he wanted to give the state ‘no more’ help and withhold federal financial aid.
Gov. Newsom hit back Sunday morning slamming the president saying: ‘You don’t believe in climate change. You are excused from this conversation.’
Although Trump has repeatedly blamed California officials for the state’s fires and forest mismanagement, most of the state’s forests are actually owned and managed by federal agencies. Federal agencies manage 57% of the 33million acres of forest in the Golden State.
Trump reamed Newsom on Twitter on Sunday morning, slamming the California politician for the wildfires that continue to spark new destruction year after year.
‘Must also do burns and cut fire stoppers,’ Trump advised. ‘Every year, as the [fires] rage & California burns, it is the same thing- and then he comes to the Federal Government for $$$ help. No more.’
‘Get your act together Governor,’ the president added.
Trump pointed out that ‘you don’t see close to the level of burn in other states.’
Newsom hit back at the president pointing at his refusal to acknowledge the role climate change has in accelerating wildfires.
Scientists have noted that climate change has contributed to the ferocity of wildfires, which have grown in frequency and power over the past couple of years. Hotter temperatures lead to drier, more fire-prone land, meaning blazes are more likely to occur.
In California specifically warm-season days have increased by 2.5 degrees since the early 1970s, according to a Earth’s Future study.
Scientists have also said that California’s forestry management isn’t the only thing that can mitigate wildfires. Climate change as well as human factors like downed power lines and homes built too close together in rural areas also contribute to the blazes.
Last year’s Camp Fire – which was the deadliest and more destructive in California history claiming 85 lives – was sparked by equipment operated by utility company Pacific Gas & electric.
At the moment several of the largest wildfires this season aren’t even burning in forests.
The Getty Fire and Easy Fire broke out near Los Angeles in brush-filled hillsides.
After slamming Newsom, Trump then used Twitter to show his appreciation to the firefighters working on the ground.
‘But our teams are working well together in putting these massive, and many, fires out. Great firefighters!’ Trump said.
The president also advised that the state ‘open up the ridiculously closed water lines coming down from the North.’
‘Don’t pour it out into the Pacific Ocean,’ he said. ‘Should be done immediately.’
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Source: Daily Mail