During his campaign rally in Iowa on Tuesday, President Donald Trump again attributed devastating California wildfires to poor forest management, despite climate change being a primary influence, and insisted he was correct in his assessment that "raking" the forests was the answer.
ThinkProgress' Aaron Rupar shared video of Trump's remarks via Twitter, in which the president says, "All of the sudden about 4 weeks after [I said it] they learned I was right, and now they are managing the forest."
California suffered the most deadly and destructive wildfire season on record in 2018. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reported that a total area of 1,893,914 acres was burned.
In the last century, California has warmed by nearly three degrees Fahrenheit. The slight raise in temperature left vegetation and soil dry and “primed to burn”, according to the National Geographic.
Park Williams, a fire expert at Columbia University, disclosed that climate change contributed to an extra 10 million acres of burning in forests of the western U.S.
“It was like a blowtorch, it was 80 mile an hour winds, and the death and destruction was incredible,” Trump recalled. However, Trump disregarded official reports connecting climate change to the wildfires and placed the blame on California park services and their management of the areas.
Count how many times Trump mentioned forest management in the video. I counted five.