Both President Trump and Governor Brown of California are correct. Brown’s claim that it is climate change that is responsible for the dry climate in California is true; however, climate change has been going on for tens of thousands of years. There are numerous books on how earth’s climate has shifted and changed since the earth was formed. Scientist report that the Sahara Desert was once grassy savannah land; moreover, they know that glaciers descended as far south as lower New York State’s southern border at one time. In addition, there have been “warm spells” and “cold Spells” that have lasted for decades and centuries.
California has experienced extremely dry spells and droughts for years. This has imposed very dangerous conditions that have created forest fires over the years. Forest fires are have devastated the state for a number of years.
Fires burn more when fed by dead trees and vegetation. California’s environmental laws forbid the scrapping of the dry vegetation. This was what Trump was referring to in his tweet. Dry rotting vegetation is considered nature’s furnace.
Moreover, President Trump referenced the water runoff into San Francisco Bay. He stopped his criticism short but should have explained why this is an environmental and political decision with consequences.
Months ago there was a report that Brown and the Democrats voted to fund a high speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco. This was the second high speed rail line funded by the state. There is one being built between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Both projects have cost overruns. The LA to San Francisco project has already gobbled up twice the original cost estimated and may exceed $94 billion dollars before completion. The cost overrun equally applies to the Los Vegas rail line.
Critics have pointed out that both projects were gifts to the labor unions which have supported the California Democrats. So they were political in nature and not in the interest of California residents. Both projects are driving the state into astronomical debt. This robs the state of building projects that could benefit the public like water reservoirs to retain water from rain and melting snow. Years ago the reservoirs were seen as a necessity to help the state with their scarce water.
Contrary to what the politicians say, the state doesn’t have abundant water. Liberal publications like the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Sacramento Bee publicized Brown’s state water restriction rules. People must ration their water usage again this year.
It was the liberal presses that reported water runoffs flowing to the San Francisco Bay. President Trump referenced their stories about water escaping into San Francisco Bay. He just didn’t explain how and why rain and melted snow is lost due to the Democrats preferring union constructed railroads over water reservoirs.
It is a perfect example of politicians wants versus peoples’ needs. Liberal California is sinking into a massive debt situation and each year the Democrats dig the debt trench deeper and deeper. The liberal Democrats have created problems that are robbing the state of revenue. Here are examples:
- California has 25% of the nation’s homeless.
- Housing prices make it unaffordable to own a home.
- Taxes are among the highest in the nation.
- Illegal immigrants are a major source of welfare.
- New strains of diseases have appeared.
- Small businesses are fleeing the state.
- Wage earners are flooding out of the state to low tax states.
- Unemployment rate is over 10%.
- Crime is rising in the sanctuary cities.
- Roads and bridges are decaying.
- Income, gas and sales taxes are ticking up.
- Forest fires are feeding on the forest tinder.
The California Democrats have created a Venezuela scenario in the state. Their quest for far left ideas has put the state on a path of self destruction. Rather than build what the state needs the Democrats are doubling down with their lavish spending. Their refusal to face reality by embracing a far left liberal ideology is turning the golden state into a burned out waste land. In the meantime, the state unfortunately continues to burn.