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Interior's Zinke blames environmentalists for California wildfires

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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...alists-for-california-wildfires-idUSKCN1NP278

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke said on Tuesday that the deadliest wildfires in California’s history were partly due to lawsuits from environmentalists who have sought to stop forest management practices, such as forest thinning.

“Radical environmental groups that would rather burn down the entire forest than cut a single tree or thin the forest,” have brought lawsuits to stop forest management, Zinke told reporters in a teleconference about the California wildfires. “Yes, I do lay it on the feet,” of environmentalists, he said.
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Zinke is parroting Trump's belief that forest management practices are to blame for the forest fires in CA rather than the drought & winds caused by climate change.
 

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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...alists-for-california-wildfires-idUSKCN1NP278

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke said on Tuesday that the deadliest wildfires in California’s history were partly due to lawsuits from environmentalists who have sought to stop forest management practices, such as forest thinning.

“Radical environmental groups that would rather burn down the entire forest than cut a single tree or thin the forest,” have brought lawsuits to stop forest management, Zinke told reporters in a teleconference about the California wildfires. “Yes, I do lay it on the feet,” of environmentalists, he said.
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Zinke is parroting Trump's belief that forest management practices are to blame for the forest fires in CA rather than the drought & winds caused by climate change.

Seems Gov. Brown agrees with Trump and Zinke.

Faced with the worst summer fire season in 10 years, Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing broad new changes to California’s logging rules that would allow landowners to cut larger trees and build temporary roads without obtaining a permit as a way to thin more forests across the state.
The proposal — which has the support of the timber industry but is being opposed by more than a dozen environmental groups — would represent one of the most significant changes to the state’s timber harvesting rules in the past 45 years.

https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/08...roposes-easing-logging-rules-to-thin-forests/
 
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