- Aug 10, 2020
Normally, Gavin Newsom is measured in his press conferences, well informed, knows his numbers and avoids talking about all the politics going on around the Coronavirus. However, today he made sharp comments around climate change and how it's directly responsible for the increase of fires over the last several years.
Visiting the fire lines in Oroville, where thick smoke hung like tule fog, the governor said that decades of inadequate climate policy — along with the flat-out refusal from some politicians and residents to accept scientific evidence — have pushed California into the mounting tragedy it now faces.
“I’m exhausted that we have to continue to debate this,” Newsom said, in some of his strongest statements ever on the issue. “This is happening. It’s happening in unprecedented ways. Year in, year out. You can exhaust yourself with your ideological B.S. … but the reality here is the mega-fires that we’re experiencing come from these mega-droughts that we’re experiencing.”