When President Donald Trump criticized California’s heavy regulation and mismanagement of the forests, liberal Gov. Jerry Brown called his remarks “inane” and “uninformed.”
However, Trump was clearly on to something as Brown appears to have quietly admitted he was right and is now pushing state lawmakers to loosen logging regulations to help combat future fires.
The Sentinel reported Brown’s proposal would allow private landowners to “cut trees up to 36 inches in diameter — up from the current 26 inches — on property 300 acres or less without getting a timber harvest permit from the state, as long as their purpose was to thin forests to reduce fire risk.”
“They also would be able to build roads of up to 600 feet long without getting a permit, as long as they repaired and replanted them,” the report added.
Environmentalists are, of course against the bill.
As far as Gov. Brown, he is on record blaming the fires on climate change. His actions speak for themselves.
Trump was quick to criticize Brown’s handling of the “costly forest fires” in California that resulted in dozens of deaths.
“There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor,” Trump tweeted. “Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!”
“Our focus is on the Californians impacted by these fires and the first responders and firefighters working around the clock to save lives and property — not on the president’s inane, uninformed tweets," Brown's office responded at the time.
Since then, Brown has apparently come around to Trump’s point of view.