Huh? Trump Blames Wildfires on Too Many Environmental Laws

Wildfire season is back in California, and President Donald Trump knows what to blame for these large disasters: environmentalism.

“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,” the president tweeted.

It would be the height of irony if the various environmental regulations the state passes were actually causing to this devastation. The only problem being that it’s not true, not that Trump has ever been one to let veracity get in the way of a fun talking point.

Considering that the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says they are unaware of any limitations on water use for putting out fires, it’s not entirely clear what stretch of “logic” Trump used to make this claim. Nevertheless, Mediaite tried to sort through the most plausible theories.

Endangered species safeguards – which this administration hates – necessitate that certain water sources utilized by threatened animals remain untapped. Perhaps Trump thinks that’s impeding wildfire efforts, but there’s no evidence to suggest that’s the case.

Another theory is that it’s a reaction to new water limits imposed by California regulators. Republicans at the federal level oppose these regulations because they could impede businesses that want free reign over this valuable resource. In an effort to give corporations what they want, they could be trying to – falsely – connect water restrictions to something that is detrimental to public safety.

Trump also suggested chopping down lots of trees to prevent wildfires, even though the science on this subject is mixed on whether it accomplishes much. Admittedly, if you chopped down all of the trees, there wouldn’t be any forests to have fires, but that would lead to a whole new set of ecological disasters.

As it stands, Northern California is dealing with the second largest wildfire ever recorded in California. Multiple ongoing fires in the area have burned down over a thousand buildings and resulted in multiple fatalities.

Governor Jerry Brown has called on Trump to provide assistance, but so far Trump seems unmotivated to act given his apparent vendetta against the state of California. In a newer tweet, Trump actually blamed the governor for allowing water to flow into the Pacific Ocean that could be used for other purposes like fighting fires.

State water experts have refuted the idea that water is being wasted. Although fresh water is diverted toward the coast, it’s used by coastal cities, not dumped into the ocean.

LeRoy Westerling, a professor who specializes in wildfires, told the San Francisco Chronicle, “Ongoing warming and accelerated climate change are driving unpredictable increases in extreme fire in California across a wide range of ecosystems.” He added that no amount of rerouted state water would make up for how much moisture has been lost due to climate change.

Presumably, Trump is pointing fingers at false causes because there’s no way he’s willing to do anything about the real culprit: climate change. Until our leaders take this threat more seriously, large swaths of California are likely to burn every summer.

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65 comments

Marie W
Marie W2 months ago

Thank you for sharing

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Chad Anderson
Chad Anderson7 months ago

Thank you.

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Mark Donner
Mark Donner8 months ago

And yes, Dorothy, this is global warming caused by man made emissions of CO2 from burning fossil fuels, which Trump wants to continue. Another reason to lock psychotic Trump and his gang of terrorists up as soon as possible.

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Mark Donner
Mark Donner8 months ago

How about just ignore Trump since they're unwilling to lock him up in a maximum security prison where he belongs. That's like taking the most criminally insane person in the institution and reporting on every one of his mutterings and rants.

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Dan Blossfeld
Dan Blossfeld8 months ago

The headline is accurate, but the tweet is not.

Electrical power lines are now the leading cause of fires in California. These could be reduced substantially by moving to underground power cables. However, the California Public Utilities Commission has been limiting underground cables due to protect consumers and the environment.

Once started, fires tend to burn faster and longer due to population expansion. This has a many-fold effect. First, many buildings supply additional fuel for the fire. Secondly, controlled burns of dry vegetation are less frequent (or not at all) due to the potential hazards to residents. Thirdly, firefighters have shifted their priority from stopping the spread of fires to protecting homes and residents.

Blaming it on new water laws seems to be quite the stretch.

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Glennis W
Glennis Whitney8 months ago

So devastating and horrible for all the people Brainless mongeral Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis Whitney8 months ago

Deplorable and very sickening Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis Whitney8 months ago

Imbecile Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis Whitney8 months ago

What crap Thank you for caring and sharing

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Winn A
Winn Adams8 months ago

tRUMP has no idea about the environment. Look who he appointed to the head of it? If tRUMP's lips are movin he's lying.

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