Today, our commander-in-chief …
… threatened to cut off aid to California in response to … the fires that are ravaging California.
A few issues with that:
Trump has failed to note that more than half the forested land in California is under federal control, essentially his jurisdiction. One fire expert said Saturday the president’s statements oversimplify a complicated problem.
“To have a president come out and say it’s all because of forest management is ridiculous. It completely ignores the dynamic of what’s going on around us,” said LeRoy Westerling, a climate and fire scientist at UC Merced.
He said rising temperatures and longer spells of dry weather were the main culprits in the increased number and ferocity of wildfires.
Source: SF Chronicle
“The president’s assertion that California’s forest management policies are to blame for catastrophic wildfire is dangerously wrong,” California Professional Firefighters President Brian K. Rice said in a statement on Saturday.
“Wildfires are sparked and spread not only in forested areas but in populated areas and open fields fueled by parched vegetation, high winds, low humidity and geography,” he continued in the statement. “Moreover, nearly 60 percent of California forests are under federal management, and another two-thirds under private control. It is the federal government that has chosen to divert resources away from forest management, not California.“
Source: ABC News, though this statement has been widely circulated.
Not the first time, of course:
In August he tweeted, “California wildfires are being magnified & made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren’t allowing massive amounts of readily available water to be properly utilized. It is being diverted into the Pacific Ocean. Must also tree clear to stop fire from spreading!”
“We have plenty of water to fight these fires,” Deputy Cal Fire Chief Scott McLean said in a statement in August. Nonetheless, the Trump administration announced it would override the Endangered Species Act to provide extra water — not needed by the fire crews.
(Same ABC story)
Trump made these comments while attending ceremonies marking the 100th anniversary of one of the most brutal … wait, what?
OK, back to our initial ellipsis …
… skipped out on a World War I ceremony because of a light rain.
To which Winston Churchill’s grandson replied …
Our forefathers broke away from a mad king (George III). Now we’ve elected one.