When President Donald Trump blamed bad environmental laws enacted under his predecessor, Barack Obama for the increased wildfires in California, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) tried to school him blaming it on climate change. But then a Wall Street Journal columnist blew apart Schiff’s narrative with a healthy dose of facts.
Trump pointed out some of the problems and reasons behind the fires.
“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!”
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) thanked Trump for highlighting the problem.
“Thx @realDonaldTrump for bringing much needed attention to our flawed environmental policies! Forests should be managed properly and water should be allowed for farmers to grow food to feed people. Thx for supporting the people of San Joaquin Valley and Sierra Nevada mountains!”
But pointing out the real problems was too much for the Democrat Adam Schiff.
“You’ve been in office for 18 LONG months and you still don’t have a science adviser, so allow me to help.
Environmental protections have nothing to do with the wildfires in CA. Climate change does.
We’re not going to let you use fires as an excuse to clear-cut our forests.”
But Schiff’s attempt to mock the president was broken up with a facts from Wall Street Journal columnist, Kim Strassel.
“Allow me to help YOU, Mr. Schiff. Here is a link to December USDA report showing a record 129 million dead trees in California, citing forest mismanagement for fires. Your own California state fire office signed on to it.”
And here was the link she cited.
From Biz Pac Review:
Dead trees in record numbers have actually contributed to the fire hazards, according to reports from last December.
“The USDA Forest Service today announced that an additional 27 million trees, mostly conifers, died throughout California since November 2016, bringing the total number of trees that have died due to drought and bark beetles to an historic 129 million on 8.9 million acres,” a news release from December 2017 read.
“The dead trees continue to pose a hazard to people and critical infrastructure, mostly centered in the central and southern Sierra Nevada region of the state,” the statement read.
Randy Moore of the USDA Forest Service was quoted in the news release saying the “USDA
Forest Service will continue to focus on mitigating hazard trees and thinning overly dense forests so they are healthier and better able to survive stressors like this in the future.”
In other words, pretty much proving what Trump had said.
No, Mr. Schiff, it’s not climate change, it’s bad management that can be rectified.