Monday, August 06, 2018

Trump’s California Wildfire Tweet Blames The Disaster On The State’s “Bad Environmental Laws”

As firefighters battled at least 18 large fires burning across California on Sunday, the president tweeted about a rather bizarre theory Trump blamed California’s wildfires on “bad environmental laws” and suggested the state was diverting usable water into the Pacific Ocean. “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,” Trump tweeted Sunday. “It is being diverted into the Pacific Ocean.” The president also called for clearing trees, arguing that it would stop wildfires from spreading. Trump’s tweet came hours after he’d declared the fires, which have so-far killed at least seven people and burned more than more than 550,000 acres of land, to be a “major disaster” in California. The president ordered federal funding be made available to boost recovery and relief efforts in the state. In a statement released Sunday, the White House announced Trump had “ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by wildfires and high winds beginning on July 23, 2018 and continuing.”...MORE

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