California Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday blamed climate change for the California wildfires, despite a complete lack of evidence according to the Associated Press.
Gov. Brown, described as an “evangelist” for climate change, also blamed climate change deniers for the deadly fires, saying they were responsible for the deaths of California residents.
Brown has repeatedly blamed climate change for fires and other natural disasters in California — despite pushback from otherwise sympathetic scientists, who have accused the governor in the past of “noble-cause corruption.
Moreover, as California’s population nears 40 million human beings, and as the excessive value of housing encourages people to move into rural or peri-urban areas, the risk grows that ordinary human activity will start fires.
several current fires have been commenced with the aid of energy strains downed in high winds, and even by tire bursts on rural roadways that sent sparks into flammable brush.
“Managing all the forests in everywhere we can does not stop climate change,” he said. “And those who deny that are definitely contributing to the tragedies that we’re now witnessing, and will continue to witness in the coming years.”
The exact causes of the Camp Fire in Northern California, and the Woolsely fire in Southern California, have yet to be determined. The deadly fire, which are currently burning across a collective 200,000 acres and have killed over 30 people.
However, the primary reason California is naturally prone to fires is that it has a broadly Mediterranean climate, with short, rainy winters; hot, dry summers; and occasional periods of prolonged drought.
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