“When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around,” the apocryphal line goes. “But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.” In another daddy’s case, President Trump’s, it took only mere months to “become learned.” The latest example, at least according to British paper the Daily Mail, is that he was right about California’s notorious wildfires being due to poor forest management. The evidence?
The Golden State is adopting Trump’s plan for preventing future raging arboreal infernos.
As the Mail relates under a bold headline beginning “Trump was Right!”:
- Groups of 12-person crews are combing the 33 million acres of California forests and cutting down trees to lessen the chance of wildfires
- During the 2020 California wildfires, 31 people died and another 37 suffered non-fatal injuries due to 9,639 fires spread across the Golden State
- Former US President Donald Trump had blamed Cali’s ongoing and deadly wildfire problem on the state’s failure to clear its forests of dead trees and debris
- Trump ultimately ended up withholding government aid to California until they put the plan into practice, which recently began with cleanup crews statewide
- California will be using $500 million in government aid specifically to combat its deadly wildfire problem
The paper also tells us that “state officials essentially laughed off the former president’s idea a few years ago. Trump had suggested in 2018 that the Golden State start sweeping its forest floors of debris that often aids in the spread of wildfires.”
There is another side, of course, with some experts opposing the plan. The Mail cites, for example, Los Padres ForestWatch conservation director Bryant Baker as warning “that controlled burns threaten the native plant areas of SoCal’s national forests.”
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Selwyn Duke (@SelwynDuke) has written for The New American for more than a decade. He has also written for The Hill, Observer, The American Conservative, WorldNetDaily, American Thinker, and many other print and online publications. In addition, he has contributed to college textbooks published by Gale-Cengage Learning, has appeared on television, and is a frequent guest on radio. Contact Selwyn Duke, follow him on Gab or Parler (preferably) or Twitter, or log on to SelwynDuke.com.