I’m just going to cut and paste a couple of ‘graphs and go hide under the covers.
(CNN)The Trump administration has rejected California's request for a disaster declaration for six destructive wildfires that burned hundreds of thousands of acres across the state, including a massive central California wildfire that has become the single largest in state history.
“The request for a Major Presidential Disaster Declaration for early September fires has been denied by the federal administration,” Brian Ferguson, a spokesperson for the Governor's Office of Emergency Services, confirmed to CNN. The state plans to appeal the decision.
CNN knows why:
The Trump administration's decision falls in line with the President's combative history with the reliably Democratic state.During a visit last month, Trump refused to acknowledge the effects the climate crisis is having on California's forest fires and instead continued to highlight the need for better forest management to clear dead trees that can serve as fuel for the fires.
When Wade Crowfoot, the secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency warned of the dangers of ignoring science and putting “our head in the sand and thinking that it's all about vegetation management,” Trump responded by telling Crowfoot: “It'll start getting cooler. You just watch.”“I wish science agreed with you,” Crowfoot told him.
Seems Trump took offense.