President Donald Trump released a statement on Wednesday via Twitter signaling he would order the Federal Emergency Management Agency to withhold funding for California’s wildfire recovery. The president cites previous funding as a “waste of money” because of the state’s recurring forest fires, which he attributes to poor state-level land management.
“We should not be looking to cut funding to just punish certain states. But we should be looking to reform our disaster funds to return more responsibility to state and local governments across the board,” David Inserra, a policy analyst at The Heritage Foundation’s Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, told The Daily Signal in an email.
In response to Trump, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif, posted a tweet suggesting that the president needs to combat climate change in order to address the issue.
Californians endured the deadliest wildfire in our state’s history last year. We should work together to mitigate these fires by combating climate change, not play politics by threatening to withhold money from survivors of a deadly natural disaster. pic.twitter.com/uMopf0Z05i
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 9, 2019
Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif, also commented that the president has a responsibility to consult science and experts, and his biggest flaw is “not being aware of what he doesn’t know.”
In November, Northern California’s Camp Fire incurred $16.5 billion in damage costs with at least 85 deaths.
According to Rep. Jim Costa, D-Calif, in an interview with The Hill, Trump is overlooking their current mitigative efforts.
“We’re doing a hosting of new management tools for our forests that are cutting-edge,” Costa said. “And this notion he came up with that raking forests would prevent forest fires is just nonsense.”
While many on the left argue addressing climate change is the viable …read more
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