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. It is being diverted into the Pacific Ocean. Must also tree clear to stop fire spreading!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2018
Wow, that’s a really shitty thing to say.
Not one word of support for the people killed or made homeless by the fire, just a nasty partisan attack against a state full of people who refused to vote for him in 2016.
Courtesy of HuffPo:
The tweet came just days after the Trump administration moved to scrap tough vehicle emissions standards — initially established by California. The move would clear the way for vehicles to pump an additional 600 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere by 2030. That’s the equivalent of the entire annual emissions of Canada.
It’s unclear what the president meant by water “diverted” into the Pacific. California allocates water among residents, agricultural and industrial use, and for wetlands and wildlife, including water mandated to protect endangered species. But state waters eventually drain into the ocean. As one tweeter responded: “Water running into the Pacific Ocean is called a river.” And firefighters haven’t complained of a lack of water for battling the blazes.
By the way, the reason that most scientists give for the increased number of fires in California is climate change.
You know, that thing that Trump has a hard time believing is true.
But the “fact” that California is suffering a drought because they keep pouring their water into the Pacific ocean, THAT he has no trouble accepting.