Ryan Zinke Echoes Trump Claim That Environmentalists Are To Blame For Wildfires

Ryan Zinke Echoes Trump Claim That Environmentalists Are To Blame For Wildfires

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Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke sided with President Donald Trump this week by blaming California wildfires on environmentalists, drawing ridicule on Twitter.

California is suffering the worst wildfire season on record as communities and habitats are swallowed up by flames. But rather then express sympathy and offer help to the beleaguered state, Trump used the tragedy to smear environmental laws.

Scientists have been pointing out that the wildfires are being caused by climate change due to the hotter temperatures that make the region drier and, therefore, more susceptible to fires.

Zinke, however, sided with Trump like the sycophant he is and also blamed environmentalists in an op-ed published by USA TODAY.

“Every year we watch our forests burn, and every year there is a call for action,” Zinke wrote.

“Yet, when action comes, and we try to thin forests of dead and dying timber, or we try to sustainably harvest timber from dense and fire-prone areas, we are attacked with frivolous litigation from radical environmentalists who would rather see forests and communities burn than see a logger in the woods,” he continued. “Radical environmentalists would have you believe forest management means clear cutting forests and national parks. But their rhetoric could not be further from the truth. They make outdated and unscientific arguments, void of facts, because they cannot defend the merits of their policy preferences year after year as our forests and homes burn to the ground.”

Zinke should be ashamed of himself because he is literally using the wildfires as part of a scheme to let loggers buzz down entire forests for profit. The Forest Service already removes dead trees and brush from areas at risk and often executes controlled burns to prevent wildfires. But the agency has had its budget slashed by Trump, making it harder for the to prevent and fight wildfires.

But trees are not to blame for the wildfires as Zinke would later accidentally admit on Twitter when he promoted his op-ed.

In short, Zinke just admitted that climate change is the problem but he doesn’t care enough to do anything about it despite what the science says. He’s the one ignoring science and facts, not environmentalists. It’s one thing to clear dead brush and trees, but that’s not what loggers want to do. There’s no profit in trees that are already dead. They want to harvest living trees and a lot of them. The risk of overlogging is all too real and it’s a major cause of climate change.

Twitter users torched Zinke.

If Trump and Zinke want to fight and prevent wildfires, they need to propose a massive increase in the Forest Service budget instead of sitting on their asses blaming environmentalists for causing them and stop denying the science that has identified climate change as the real culprit.

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