Forced To Acknowledge Wildfires, Trump Now Lying About The Management And Solutions

Washington, D.C. – Today, President Donald Trump traveled to California to receive a briefing on the catastrophic wildfires currently burning across 10 Western states after facing mounting criticism that he was ignoring the crisis.

Instead of acknowledging the near-universally accepted truth that the wildfires are fueled by climate change, Trump has been repeating a false claim that the solution to the fires that have burned 4.9 million acres across the West is better forest management

“President Trump ignored the wildfires for three weeks, and now he’s ignoring the science that shows these wildfires are more widespread, damaging, and deadly because of climate change,” said Lori Lodes, Executive Director of Climate Power 2020. “Instead of governing, Trump is blaming Democratic state governments. Trump and Republicans can’t deny climate science any longer and need to help the millions of Americans at risk because of climate change — regardless if they live in a red state or a blue state.” 

Trump’s claims that forest management is the solution to address the climate-change fueled wildfires is a blatant lie and an attempt to distract from his administration’s focus on rolling back health and safety protections and giveaways to fossil fuel CEOs. Additionally, the majority of these fires are currently burning on public lands, raising the question of why Interior Secretary Bernhardt or Forest Service Secretary Sonny has yet to comment on the wildfires and Trump’s forest management claims.

As Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti explained: “It’s been very clear that years of drought, as we’re seeing, whether it’s too much water and too much rain in parts of our country right now, or too little,” Garcetti told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.” “This is climate change and this is an administration that’s put its head in the sand.” 

Trump spent nearly three weeks completely ignoring the wildfires. Between August 23 and Saturday Trump did not mention the wildfires in any way, shape, or form despite holding close to 50 public events. When he did last address the fires in mid-August, he blamed California for the wildfires and said “you gotta clean your floors” — a refrain he’s now repeating ahead of his California visit.

Below is background on how the wildfires have been made worse by climate change.