President Trump stirred the pot on Sunday when he put the blame for California’s devastating wildfires directly on the state’s environmental regulations, some of which have made it more difficult for firefighters to put out the inferno.
“California wildfires are being magnified & made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren’t allowing massive amounts of readily available water to be properly utilized,” he tweeted. “It is being diverted into the Pacific Ocean. Must also tree clear to stop fire spreading!”
The wildfires have claimed more than 1,000 homes in the northern part of the state, drawing national attention and, clearly, rankling the president.
“Governor Jerry Brown must allow the free flow of the vast amounts of water coming from the North and foolishly being diverted into the Pacific Ocean,” the president wrote on Monday. “Can be used for fires, farming, and everything else. Think of California with plenty of water – nice! Fast federal govt. approvals.”
There is no question that Trump has a point when it comes to California’s onerous environmental regulations, and there is something to be said against the policy of diverting water to the Pacific – a practice done to protect endangered fish. There isn’t, however, any evidence that suggests that these diversions are preventing firefighters from getting enough water to battle these wildfires, a point of fact that nearly every mainstream/left-wing media company in the Western Hemisphere made sure to emphasize in their stories this week. Oh well, you can’t win them all.
But Trump was making a point about the state’s poor leadership, and that point is hardly arguable. While California Governor Jerry Brown is out there making outlandish claims about climate change being responsible for the fires, the truth is that a heat wave and a dry spell have much more to do with the current disaster. Wildlife experts find his attempt to link natural climate conditions with an overall trend just as erroneous as Trump’s claim about diverted water…but you’ll notice that very few media outlets jumped on THAT inaccuracy. Wonder why?
Ultimately, this was Trump trying to shine a spotlight on the ridiculous environmental regulations out in La La Land. The facts in this specific instance may not line up directly with Trump’s accusations, but hey, it’s got people talking.