Governor Jerry Brown SHOULD BE JAILED for CA Wild Fires
Why did Governor Jerry Brown ignore practical solutions to the state’s wildfire crisis?
Because stopping the fires doesn’t side well with the Global Warming narrative liberals cling to.
Recently, Brown held a press conference in which he called the wildfires “the new normal”, citing a changing climate in California. According to Brown, the “unusually forceful and sustained Santa Ana winds, unusually dry fall, and unusually low humidity” led to the fires. 175,000 acres and 793 structures are destroyed.
Meanwhile, Brown refuses to take any steps to prevent these tragic losses.
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Tom Elliot recently listed three strategies Jerry Brown could implement to positively impact his state. Yet, Brown prefers to cling to Global Warming as an excuse. Still, Californians need to know exactly what Brown refuses to tell them.
- Hydration vs. Drainage – Societies have always attempted to collect rain water to hydrate the landscape. However, in recent years the government took apart the systems built in the 1800’s to go for a different goal. By creating drainage systems instead, water isn’t maintained where it originally fell. Therefore, the landscape is dried out instead of hydrated.
As Elliot pointed out:
In 2008, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service opined that a two-inch fish known in California as the delta smelt were at risk, and ordered pumps that hydrate the San Joaquin Valley to be turned off. “As a result, tens of billions of gallons of water from mountains east and north of Sacramento have been channelled away from farmers and into the ocean, leaving hundreds of thousands of acres of arable land fallow or scorched,” The Wall Street Journal reported.
Predictably, the San Joaquin Valley, once known as “salad bowl of the world,” is arid and at risk of becoming another dust bowl. During the last drought in 2014, several California congressmen sponsored the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act, which would have turned the pumps back on, but the bill died in a Democrat-controlled Senate. Gov. Brown could challenge federal regulations like these that are squeezing his state dry.
As the delta smelt exists only within California, organizations like the Pacific Legal Foundation say the federal government lacks authority under the Commerce Clause to mandate these water restrictions. (Rather than turn these pumps back on, Brown is proposing a bizarre $17 billion project that would build two tunnels under the San Joaquin Valley, but which is mostly confusing Californians.)
- Rainwater Harvesting – With severe droughts, Californians should all take part in harvesting rainwater. Tax credits or programs to help provide rain barrels would make a far greater impact that Global Warming legislation.
- Desalination Plants – California sits on the Pacific Ocean. Desalination plants turn salty water into usable water. In fact, these plants saved Israel’s water supply, and they’re one of the driest lands on Earth. However, California’s efforts to bring in Desalination plants is completely hindered by red tape. Has Governor Brown stepped in to help facilitate this solution? Of course not.
Brown Does More Harm than Good
Brown’s attitude is one of the greatest problems facing California. Time and again when faced with natural disasters, Brown asserts “there’s nothing we can do.” In fact, he claims his state is merely paying for California’s sins in emitting carbon dioxide. Instead of seeking solutions to improve the situation, he adds to the hopelessness of his people.
But a bad attitude isn’t Brown’s only crime against his state.
California officials have continually allowed destruction forest management to negatively impact the state and Brown has done nothing to combat the problem.
As Elliot points out:
In a recent House address, Rep. Tom McClintock (R) pinned the blame of poor forest management on bad 1970s laws, like the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act. He said these laws “have resulted in endlessly time-consuming and cost-prohibitive restrictions and requirements that have made the scientific management of our forests virtually impossible.”
Even if Gov. Brown believes California is ultimately at the mercy of larger climate trends he’s powerless to overcome, he can still seek to proactively manage the state’s forests to reduce the risk of wildfire.
Although wildfires are part of nature, California’s severe wildfires aren’t an unsolvable problem. By implementing a few proactive solutions, the landscape could easily be hydrated, saving millions of acres from possible destruction. However, Brown prefers to cling to leftism.
Like Al Gore, Brown believes Global Warming is not only real, but the largest disaster in human history. By clinging to his disastrous philosophy, Brown exploits the fears of his constituents in order to garner votes.
As he’s done for the past year, Brown will sit back and blame global warming for every disaster that happens. Then he’ll beg Trump to step in and save the day with Federal Disaster Relief. But Trump is a man with a plan, so sooner or later, the POTUS will insist that Brown implement a little common sense into the California legislature.