On Sunday, President Donald Trump argued that California’s environmental laws on water usage were causing the wildfire situation to be worse.
“California wildfires are being magnified & made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren’t allowing massive amount of readily available water to be properly utilized,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “It is being diverted into the Pacific Ocean.”
The president’s tweet comes as California continues to face an array of devastating wildfires that have destroyed buildings, homes and have left several people dead.
In recent years, California has seen a torrent of highly destructive wildfires. Fueling those fires, in part, has been a buildup of vegetation in the state, along with long droughts that have dried up that vegetation.
The combination is creating “firenadoes” – twisting plumes of fire and ash that shoot into the sky. These firenadoes are capable of floating long-enough distances to catch fire to other parts of other communities.
Trump urged California to clear forests (presumably, of dead trees) to help stop the wildfires from spreading.
“Must also tree clear to stop fire spreading!” he wrote.
Trump commented on the issue after many critics blamed the fires primarily on global warming.
Trump’s claims about the lack of water apparently come from a 2015 proposal floated by the Tree People, an environmental nonprofit, that Californians should capture rainwater draining from roofs and streets instead of allowing it to continue into the ocean.
Last September Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke ordered land managers at federal parks to begin aggressively clearing small trees and underbrush to prevent wildfires from spreading.
California officials have blamed dry brush and trees with helping to spread the fires.
The president has signed a disaster declaration for Shasta County as it battles the Carr Fire that has torched more than 150,000 acres.
The House Committee On Natural Resources in 2015 said that California’s drought situation was due to a “complex and inconsistent system of laws, court decisions, and regulations at the state and federal levels is resulting in the mismanagement of critical water resources throughout the Western United States. The current regulatory framework that governs the movement and storage of water is based upon out-of-date science and a regulatory morass, resulting in the misallocation of precious water resources and a lack of adequate water storage. California is enduring its worst drought in 1,200 years, and a growing number of communities across the West have become impacted by severe drought conditions. These shortcomings are negatively impacting local economies across the Western United States, pose an increasing threat to America’s food security, and have placed undue burdens on our environment.”
In short, liberalism is causing situations that are already bad to become much worse. California doesn’t have a monopoly on problems caused by liberalism, they’re just in the spotlight at the moment. Years ago a Kangaroo Rat that was on the Endangered Species list caused California state government to ban a practice known as raking, where brush and tall grasses were cleared away at least fifty yards circling around a house or business to form a firewall of sorts. Heavy fines were given out to those who raked their own property, because the liberals in California government were afraid that the rats would be harmed by the raking. They cared more about rats than people’s homes. Many neighborhoods burned down, and firefighters interviewed told of the rat story with government coming out against raking.
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