‘You don’t believe in climate change. You are excused from this conversation,’ state’s governor tells Trump
Donald Trump has threatened to cut off emergency funding to California as wildfires rage across the state, telling governor Gavin Newsom to “get his act together”.
In his latest attack on the state he returned to old complaints of forest management, including recommending better cleaning of the forest floors, as he first did in 2018.
However California’s governor was quick to highlight the role of the environmental crisis in spreading the fires. In response to the president, Mr Newsom tweeted: “You don’t believe in climate change. You are excused from this conversation.”
More than 198,000 acres of land has been destroyed across the region this year, with fires forcing people to flee their homes as 115 structures are razed to the ground in the last ten days alone.
And at least three people are reported to have died since the most recent spell of fires began in October.