‘Consequence of Climate Change’: CA Gov Responds to State Report of Worst Fire Season in History

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom responded to a report released this week that detailed the destruction brought by wildfires in the state last year by pointing the finger at climate change.

“The. Worst. In. Recorded. History,” Newsom wrote on his Twitter on Tuesday.

“What’s happening in CA is no accident,” he added. “From devastating droughts to deadly wildfires — it’s all a consequence of climate change. The longer we avoid this hard truth, the more damage we will see.”

According to the Wildland Fire Summary released by the National Interagency Coordination Center, 1.8 million acres of California burned in 2018.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) spokesman Scott McLean told NBC News: “That’s the worst in recorded history.”

It was also the year of both the deadliest and most destructive fire in the state’s history: the Camp Fire that destroyed the town of Paradise and killed 85 people.

PARADISE, CA – NOVEMBER 08: A business burns as the Camp Fire moves through the area on November 8, 2018 in Paradise, California. Fueled by high winds and low humidity, the rapidly spreading Camp Fire has ripped through the town of Paradise and has quickly charred 18,000 acres and has destroyed dozens of homes in a matter of hours. The fire is currently at zero containment. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The report detailed the exact amount of structures lost, and showed how much California suffered compared to other states in the nation:

California accounted for the highest number of structures lost in one state in 2018: 17,133 residences, 703 commercial/mixed residential structures and 5,811 minor structures. Utah was second with 77 residences and 377 minor structures lost.

According to NBC News, climate scientists have claimed that climate change is a major factor in the increase of wildfires in California, with hotter temperatures and longer summers.

Newsom strongly agrees. President Donald Trump, on the other hand, isn’t convinced.

He placed the blame of California forest management. But as IJR previously noted, the majority of Califonia forests are controlled by the federal government under the Trump administration. Furthermore, the three most destructive fires that occurred within the last two years in California — including the Camp Fire — weren’t forest fires.

Trump denied the consequences of climate change on Tuesday by quoting Patrick Moore, who the president falsely identified as the co-founder of Greenpeace.

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Phyllis Softa
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In fairness to Trump, he gets his info from FOX & Friends & Putin.

Screwtape
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Funny thing about recorded history. According to UC scientists, CA has been experiencing droughts/fires since the end of the last Ice Age. That’s 12,000 years. CA has been a state since 1850.

It’s like saying, “I had the worst headache in my history today.”

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