The sheer ignorance of this man is mind-boggling:
Sunday night, Trump, in his first comments on the wildfires that have raged for weeks, said the fires had been “made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren’t allowing massive amount[s] of readily available water to be properly utilized.” A second tweet, on Monday, complained that water needed for fighting the fires was being “diverted into the Pacific Ocean.” In neither tweet was there mention of lives lost, the nearly 600,000 acres of woodland so far consumed and the 1,100 and counting homes destroyed.
Dumbfounded state officials dismissed the president’s remarks as nonsense. Daniel Berlant, assistant deputy director of Cal Fire, the state’s fire agency, said “we have plenty of water to fight these wildfires.”
Rivers eventually flow into the ocean. That's what they do, and that's what they have done for probably a couple billion years. Even elementary schoolchildren know this, but apparently Trump missed that somewhere between kindergarten naps and academy bone spurs. And in fact, California has some 1,400 dams forming lakes, and would be hard-pressed to construct many more. But again, well over our President's head. It's no wonder he simply can't grasp the concept of Climate Change:
Berlant made one other comment. “Let’s be clear,” he said, “it’s our changing climate that is leading to more severe and destructive fires.” Here, too, he was very much on point. Numerous studies that have sought to weigh the effects of climate change on the environment by teasing them out from other factors have concluded that human-influenced warming is increasingly a major player in a range of natural disasters. An authoritative paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in 2016 looked specifically at forest fires in the Western United States and concluded that rising temperatures linked to climate change had been heavily responsible for the greatly increased range of these fires, mainly by intensifying droughts.
Any doubts about global warming’s pivotal role in extreme weather events have been put further to rest by a long, hot and dangerous summer of climatological surprises. Add them up. Wildfires raced not only through California but Greece and as far north as the Arctic Circle. Japan recorded its highest temperature in history, 106 degrees, in a heat wave that killed 65 people in a week. Europe continues to suffer through one of its hottest summers ever.
“We know very well that global warming is making heat waves longer, hotter and more frequent, says Corinne Le Quéré, director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia, long a center for cutting-edge climate research. A preliminary analysis released last month by World Weather Attribution scientists said climate change had made Europe’s scorching temperatures more than twice as likely.
The West coast is burning, and the East coast is flooding. For the first time in my memory, I was actually worried about my house a few days ago, the foundation of which sits some 13-15 feet above an intermittent stream. But at least I don't have to worry about wildfires. For now.