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Democratic California Governor Jerry Brown told Congress on Tuesday that because of their resistance to aggressive climate change policies, President Donald Trump and the Republican Party were responsible for the raging fires in California.
“California’s burning while the deniers make a joke out of the standards that protect us all,” Brown told the House Oversight Committee on Tuesday, as quoted by the San Francisco Chronicle. “The blood is on your soul here and I hope you wake up. Because this is not politics, this is life, this is morality. … This is real.”
Brown testified against the Trump administration’s efforts to rescind the waiver of California that had previously allowed it to set its own emission standards for vehicles — effectively giving state control over the entire automotive industry. The administration claims that the approach in California is potentially worse for the climate as higher standards make it more difficult for consumers to buy new cars — which are more energy-efficient than old cars.
The recent wildfires in California have a variety of causes. For example, the immediate cause of the Getty Fire in Los Angeles seems to be a tree branch that, according to the Los Angeles Times, was blown into power lines by high winds. Critics have faulted California and its utility companies for spending money on “green” initiatives rather than burying power lines. Others also mention homeless camps, where recent fires have occurred, and weak forest management practices that have blocked brush cutting that can provide wildfire fuel.
Yet Brown and other Democrats have described climate change as the culprit, despite the lack of objective evidence to support that claim. Brown also blamed climate change for wildfires in California in 2015 and 2017, although scientists disagreed, calling Brown’s arguments an “noble-cause corruption” example.
California Democrats are facing new criticism at home as utilities have started cutting power to electricity customers under peak fire conditions — a new practice that the government of the state seems to have been unprepared for.