CA To Spend Billions Clearing Forest Floors To Combat Wildfires After Media Mocked Trump For Suggesting It

California plans on spending billions over the next several years clearing out forest floors in an attempt to limit wildfires. The media ridiculed former President Trump for suggesting they do the same.

A Bloomberg News report indicates $500 million will be spent this fiscal year in trying to clear the forest floors in California, with Governor Gavin Newsom looking to request $2 billion more from the state legislature to accelerate the effort.

“After a succession of horrific, record-setting wildfire seasons,” they report, California will engage in “an effort that includes clearing pines, firs and redwoods” from the forest floor.

“Without all this fuel on the forest floor, California officials contend, blazes will be less likely to turn into the mega-fires that devour thousands of acres,” they write.

RELATED: Trump Proposes Actions To Help Prevent Catastrophic Forest Fires

Trump Suggested California Clear Their Forest Floors to Combat Wildfires

For those with a decent memory, the proposal for California to clear its forest floors to combat wildfires is something that has been explored in the past by former President Donald Trump.

“I see again the forest fires are starting,” Trump said at a Pennsylvania campaign rally last summer.

“They’re starting again in California. I said, you gotta clean your floors, you gotta clean your forests — there are many, many years of leaves and broken trees and they’re like, like, so flammable, you touch them and it goes up,” he continued.

In 2019, he tweeted that Newsom should stop listening to environmentalist “bosses” and “clean” the forest floors.

He delivered a similar message in 2018.

“I’ve been telling them this now for three years, but they don’t want to listen,” Trump said at the 2020 rally. “‘The environment, the environment,’ but they have massive fires again.”

The former President repeatedly threatened to withhold federal funds if California didn’t do something to limit the wildfires.

RELATED: Nebraska’s Republican Governor To Send State Troopers To Help Texas Secure Border

Trump Was Mocked

The media mocked Donald Trump for advising California to clean its floors as a means to limit the spread of wildfires.

In a report covering his comments at the rally, Politico indicated that the suggestions from Trump prompted “head-scratching from experts.”

The ‘experts,’ they wrote at the time, “say his prescriptions — more raking, less water released into the ocean for environmental purposes — suggest he does not understand the science of wildfires.”

Democrats have long argued that global warming is the reason for out-of-control wildfires in California.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, one month after Trump’s rally comments, said the wildfires were Mother Nature’s way of saying she’s angry with people.

Newsom, who is now following the advice Trump gave him years ago, said Kamala Harris “gets it” when she claimed the California wildfires were caused by climate change.

President Biden, as a candidate at the time, called Trump a “climate arsonist” and suggested the suburbs would burn down if he won a second term.

“We have four more years of Trump’s climate denial, how many suburbs will be burned by wildfires?” he asked.

“California officials now say they’re going to do exactly what Trump had suggested: clear the forests of debris that intensifies fires,” The Blaze writes.



Now is the time to support and share the sources you trust.
The Political Insider ranks #16 on Feedspot’s “Top 70 Conservative Political Blogs, Websites & Influencers in 2021.”



Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance writer focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been following and analyzing the political climate for several years, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, FoxNews.com and more.

Recent Posts

After Macron Complains About U.S. Climate Policy, Biden Rushes To Appease the EU

It appears that when the rest of the world says "jump" to Joe Biden, his…

1 day ago

Judge Jeanine and Geraldo Spar Over What Constitutes Free Speech

The void of basic constitutional knowledge is a testament to our terrible education system. Leave…

1 day ago

WATCH: Are Republicans Capable of Defeating Biden in 2024?

The 2024 presidential race officially kicked off several weeks ago with former President Donald Trump's…

1 day ago

DeSantis Takes GOP to School on Winning Elections: Florida Showed ‘How Its Done’

As Republicans continue to try to figure out what happened to the red wave on…

1 day ago

VIDEO: Kevin McCarthy Confronted Heading Into State Dinner Attended By Hunter Biden

A reporter asked aspiring House Speaker Kevin McCarthy how it feels to attend a state…

1 day ago

Americans Are Fed Up With Woke Military Leadership: Poll Shows Less Than 50% Now Trust

I recently hit my one-year military retirement anniversary, which has me ruminating on my past…

1 day ago