In a tweet, President Trump alluded to state “mismanagement” for the cause of the deadly forest fires that have killed more than two dozen people. The head of the California Professional Firefighters dubbed the president’s tweet as ‘ill-informed, ill-timed and demeaning to victims…” Despite the negative response to his tweet, Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking a major disaster declaration from the White House.
- “Forest management is so poor” in CA.
- ‘I don’t think it’s appropriate to threaten funding.”
- Should policy be discussed in the face of tragedy?
Krystin Harvey (left) comforts her daughter Araya Cipollini, who was burnt in the fire on Saturday in Paradise, Calif.
MATHER, Calif. – California Gov. Jerry Brown, now seeking a “major disaster declaration” from the White House to bolster the emergency response to three catastrophic wildfires, warned Sunday that those who deny climate change “are definitely contributing to the tragedy” of what he predicted could be years of damaging firestorms due to rising temperatures and increased drought conditions in his state.
“Things like this will be part of our future … things like this, and worse,” warned Brown at a Sunday press conference, flanked by fire and emergency officials delivering an update on three major fires still raging through the state which have killed 25 to date. “That’s why it’s so important to take steps to help communities, to do prevention and adaptation.”
Brown’s remarks came after a tweet by Trump on Saturday in which the president argued: “There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!”
Asked to respond to the President’s tweet Sunday, Brown called California’s recent battles with massive wildfires “the new abnormal.” He added: “Scientists and the engineers and the firefighters all tell us forest management is one element” to control them, but warned governments must address “a whole range of actions” to address a problem he said may cost “billions” of dollars to tackle.
“Managing all the forests everywhere we can does not stop climate change – and those that deny that are definitely contributing to the tragedy,” Brown said. “The chickens are coming home to roost. This is real here.” He advised that governments and officials need to be “pulling together in these tragic circumstances and thinking wisely,” while being “collaborative.”