Wildfires continue to rage across Southern California this week. But there is another fire burning out of control. This one was started by California Governor Jerry Brown and it’s sure to leave President Trump hot under the collar.
The situation in California isn’t much better this week. Containment of the Thomas Fire, the largest of six blazes currently ravaging the area, fell to 10% on Sunday. In total, the infernos are burning an area the size of New York City and Boston combined.
With 200,000 people temporarily homeless, Governor Brown declared a state of emergency in two counties. As we noted over the weekend, he also reached out to President Trump for federal assistance to combat the disaster.
But rather than be appreciative of the president’s assistance, Brown decided to start another fire. In an interview with 60 Minutes, the governor attacked President Trump. He suggested Trump is not a man of faith because he doesn’t support the climate change hoax.
Brown Blames Trump
“I don’t think President Trump has a fear of the Lord, the fear of the wrath of God, which leads one to more humility…,” said Brown. “This is such a reckless disregard for the truth and for the existential consequences that can be unleashed.
In addition to questioning the president’s relationship with God, Brown also slammed his decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate agreement. “The truth of the case is that there’s too much carbon being emitted, that heat-trapping gasses are building up, the planet is warming, and all hell is breaking loose,” he added.
While Brown is right about hell breaking loose in California, he is wrong about the reasons. How do we know? Because scientists say so. As much as the bitter governor wants to blame Trump and climate change, it’s not the fault of either.
“These fires are not immediately emblematic of climate change,” said associate professor of geography and climate John Abatzoglou. “Yes, California did have the warmest summer on record. But the big anomaly here is the delay in the onset of precipitation for the southland that has kept the vegetation dry and fire-prone.”
Speak of a reckless disregard for the truth.