While leftists often attribute California’s wildfire problem to climate change, President Trump blames state policy.
Though Trump was roundly ridiculed by the media for his statements on the matter, climate experts have now come forward to vindicate Trump’s theory.
Mismanaged forests, not climate change
“There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor,” the president said in a 2018 tweet.
“Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests,” Trump continued. “Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!”
That sentiment was echoed this month by Scott Stephens at a conference in Washington. Stephens is a professor of fire science at the University of California, Berkeley.
Like Trump, Stephens attributed the problem to government mismanagement, claiming that three-quarters of it can be attributed to “the way we manage lands and develop our landscape.”
Jennifer Montgomery is a director of the California Forest Management Task Force, and she agreed with Stephens’ assessment.
“Wildfire is not really wildfire — it’s not pointy green trees,” Montgomery explains. “You get these so-called wildfires at intersection of development.”
Governor blamed “those who deny” global warming
That’s a far cry from statements made last year by then-California Gov. Jerry Brown. The Daily Caller quoted Brown as saying that “those who deny” people are primary drivers of climate change are “definitely contributing” the Golden State’s struggle with out-of-control fires.
“Managing the forests in every way we can does not stop climate change, and those who deny that are definitely contributing to the tragedies that we’re now witnessing, and will continue to witness in the coming years,” Brown declared at a press conference.
“The chickens are coming home to roost. This is real here,” he insisted, demanding that everyone “pull together.”
There were a number of particularly devastating fires in 2018, including one that became the most destructive in California’s history.
Paradise, a town of 27 thousand people situated in the Northern California foothills, was nearly burned off the map in November 2018 when high winds caused flames to surge through homes and businesses. The inferno killed a total of 86 people in Paradise and surrounding communities with a final victim dying in hospital the next month.