Newsom Says Shut Up

PUBLISHED: 7:36 PM 4 Nov 2019

CA Gov. Says Trump Can’t Talk About Fires Because of “Climate Change” Belief

The arrogant ignorance of many democrats is difficult to comprehend for anyone who is actually able to think logically, so this asinine belief by Newsom is hard to swallow, as is his total disrespect for a large number of his own constituents.

The arrogant ignorance is incredible.

Many experts agree that the wildfires in California that are raging and the subsequent forced power outages are the result of liberal policies that do not work and create an environment of chaos.

President Trump has criticized California Governor Gavin Newsom for his poor management of the situation that has left his constituents at the mercy of raging infernos and darkness. The president especially blames him for his bad forest management, something with which many others agree.

Of course, Newsom blames the fires on ‘climate change,’ despite the FACT that there is NO link, even among the most religious climate advocates.

So, rather than respond to the president’s criticism with maturity and potential solutions for the dire problems facing the state, the governor decided to belittle the president and tell him to shut up, basically because President Trump (like a number of experts and scientists) disagrees with the ‘theories’ of climate change.

Breitbart News reported:

The Governor of California, @GavinNewsom, has done a terrible job of forest management. I told him from the first day we met that he must “clean” his forest floors regardless of what his bosses, the environmentalists, DEMAND of him. Must also do burns and cut fire stoppers…..

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 3, 2019

..Every year, as the fire’s rage & California burns, it is the same thing-and then he comes to the Federal Government for $$$ help. No more. Get your act together Governor. You don’t see close to the level of burn in other states…But our teams are working well together in…..

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 3, 2019

….putting these massive, and many, fires out. Great firefighters! Also, open up the ridiculously closed water lanes coming down from the North. Don’t pour it out into the Pacific Ocean. Should be done immediately. California desperately needs water, and you can have it now!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 3, 2019

Trump has criticized California’s poor forest management before. A year ago, the president slammed California’s forest management policies — which restrict logging, allowing dry fuel to accumulate — during the Camp Fire, the deadliest fire in the state’s history.

Although the president’s timing was controversial — he was tweeting his criticism while firefighters were on the front lines battling the blaze — others agreed with his assessment.

Environmentalists, in contrast, have frequently rushed to blame climate change, even though there is little evidence linking recent fires to the projected gradual increase in global surface temperature. For example, former California Governor Jerry Brown told Congress last week that Trump and the Republicans had “blood on [their] soul” for failing to do enough to stop climate change. He, too, made his comments as the fires were still ongoing in the state.

Some experts believe that cutting vegetation will not be enough to stop fast-moving fires, and that a bigger problem is the spread of development into forested areas.

Newsom and Trump have battled over forest management before — with Trump threatening earlier this year to withhold federal money for emergencies if California does not change its policies.

What is different this time is that Newsom is facing criticism from the left, as well. In the recent outbreak of fires, the Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) company — which supplies power to much of northern California — imposed electricity blackouts on large portions of the state for fear that high winds could damage power lines and trigger wildfires.

Newsom has angrily denounced the company, but critics are upset that he had no contingency plan in place for dealing with the foreseeable possibility that now-bankrupt PG&E would start using blackouts to limit its insurance liabilities.

In his tweets, Trump also referred to Newsom’s water policies, which seek to restrict the amounts allocated to rural communities and farms, and to increase the flow rates in rivers that drain into the Pacific Ocean, ostensibly to protect the Delta smelt and other endangered species.

Trump has taken several steps to counteract those policies and to increase the flow of fresh water captured by state and federal dams to farmers and rural residents.

Update: Newsom responded that Trump is not permitted to comment because he does not believe in climate change:

You don’t believe in climate change. You are excused from this conversation. https://t.co/PSt8N39Er5

— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) November 3, 2019

As noted above, there is no scientific link between the current fires and climate change. Scientists have said that a warmer California could be more susceptible to fire in the future, but recent fires are partly a product of conditions already endemic to California, and wind patterns that have little to do with climate change.

One scientist called Jerry Brown’s effort to link wildfires to climate change an example of “noble-cause corruption” — i.e. making incorrect scientific claims in the service of a “noble” cause that most scientists might in fact support politically.