(Tania Kohut – Global News)
U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday linked imports of Canadian lumber to deadly California wildfires, which have forced thousands to flee from their homes.
During a cabinet meeting, Trump and other officials downplayed the role of climate change on wildfires, while discussing the abundance of fallen trees creating a natural accelerant.
“It’s not a global warming thing, it’s a management situation,” said Trump. “And one of the elements that he talked about was the fact that we have fallen trees, and instead of removing those fallen trees, which get to be extremely combustible, instead of removing them, gently removing them, beautifully removing them, we leave them to burn.”
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke then decried the import of lumber to the U.S. as fallen trees are left to rot on the ground. Click here to read more.
- Video: Canadian Lumber Imports Make it Harder to Fight Wildfires: Trump (Global News)
- Trump Administration Blows Smoke on Climate Change Effect on Wildfires (Huffington Post)
- The Trump Administration’s New Wildfire Strategy: Blame the Trees (Rolling Stone)