On Sunday, President Trump claimed that California Governor Gavin Newsom had done “a terrible job of forest management”.
“I told him from the first day we met that he must “clean” his forest floors regardless of what his bosses, the environmentalists, DEMAND of him. Must also do burns and cut fire stoppers…”
Trump has repeatedly threatened federal funding for California over the state’s wildfires. This time he wrote:
Every year, as the fire’s 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. You don’t see close to the level of burn in other states
Except there’s a big snag here.
Firstly, the fires currently burning are in suburban and agricultural areas, not forests.
Moreover, the vast majority of forest land in California is owned and managed by the federal government, not the state.
So when Trump is accusing someone of a “terrible job” – he means himself.
Dear @realDonaldTrump: Your federal agencies own the majority of the forest land in CA. Our state only owns about 3%. So when you allege a "terrible job" you are actually referring to yourself. Also, the causes of the fires vary. Please educate yourself.#SundayMorning Thoughts https://t.co/QZ9dTdklCs
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) November 3, 2019
As the New York Times reported this weekend, Trump’s polluting policies are clashing with the sinking reality for millions of Californians that climate change has altered life as they know it.
Fortunately, Trump’s way of thinking isn’t held by everyone. The President may be threatening to cut aid when Americans are dying and losing everything they own, but others are stepping up.