Very quickly after Rep. Adam Schiff smugly tried to school President Donald Trump on the science behind the California wildfires, a journalist shredded his claims with facts.
A Wall Street Journal columnist called out the California Democrat after he slammed the president in a condescending tweet about his response to the wildfires raging in his state.
Trump seemed to blame “bad environmental laws” for the fires and called for the cutting down of trees to help stop the spread of the blazes in a tweet earlier this week.
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. It is being diverted into the Pacific Ocean. Must also tree clear to stop fire from spreading!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 6, 2018
And while Republican Rep. Devin Nunes thanked the president for pointing out the state’s “flawed environmental policies,” in a responding tweet, Schiff fired off a pompous response.
You’ve been in office for 18 LONG months and you still don’t have a science adviser, so allow me to help.
Environmental protections have nothing to do with the wildfires in CA. Climate change does.
We’re not going to let you use fires as an excuse to clear-cut our forests. https://t.co/R5IdRmPpO7
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) August 7, 2018
No sooner had the Democratic congressman and constant Trump critic tweet his challenge when he was challenged himself by The Wall Street Journal’s Kimberley Strassel.
Allow me to help YOU, Mr. Schiff. Here is a link to December USDA report showing a record 129 million dead trees in California, citing forest mismanagement for fires. Your own California state fire office signed on to it. https://t.co/kzGQclSpul https://t.co/vq3h4SkkxJ
— Kimberley Strassel (@KimStrassel) August 7, 2018
“Allow me to help YOU, Mr. Schiff,” Strassel tweeted along with a link to documents from the state’s own USDA Forest Service and CAL FIRE disproving his claims. Dead trees in record numbers have actually contributed to the fire hazards, according to reports from last December.
“The USDA Forest Service today announced that an additional 27 million trees, mostly conifers, died throughout California since November 2016, bringing the total number of trees that have died due to drought and bark beetles to an historic 129 million on 8.9 million acres,” a news release from December 2017 read.
“The dead trees continue to pose a hazard to people and critical infrastructure, mostly centered in the central and southern Sierra Nevada region of the state,” the statement read.
Randy Moore of the USDA Forest Service was quoted in the news release saying the “USDA
Forest Service will continue to focus on mitigating hazard trees and thinning overly dense forests so they are healthier and better able to survive stressors like this in the future.”
Those statements sound very similar to what the president said in his tweet to begin with.
The California government refused to remove the many trees that died years ago from drought. They knew bark beetles were turning those dead trees into wildfire kindling & didn’t care- because they knew that the Feds would give CA gov. more money to waste on illegal sanctuaries.
— MyCountryMyChoice❌ (@MissTiffanne) August 7, 2018
Adam doesn’t bother reading any of those reports he’s too busy trying to implicate the president doing something wrong! So he can be on TV.
— Daniel Valpey (@preistdaniel) August 7, 2018
Not only that, but the underbrush that’s been allowed to accumulate, due to lack of natural fires. Also, no logging roads to act as firebreaks and avenues to the fires. This is what happens when the uninformed allow faux scientists to dictate policies.
— Larry N (@covfefeabilene) August 7, 2018
AKA forest mismanagement.
— kenzie45230 (@kenzie45230) August 7, 2018
— F Bastiat (@FBastiat1) August 7, 2018
Amazing how dems pretend to be the party of science, until a well written report citing data doenst fit their narrative. Great job Kim!
— Sierra Gold (@gold_sierra) August 7, 2018
Adam Schiff the climate scientist. I would say stick to your day job, but he isn’t good at that either.
— J. Patrick Gans (@intentionmentor) August 7, 2018
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