Trump’s Threat to Withhold Funds Unless States Follow his Advice to Rake the Forest Floor
We begin with the wildfires raging in the West and Trump’s visit today to Sacramento, California, a state he has threatened to withhold funds from blaming California for not following his ludicrous advice of raking the forest floor to prevent wildfires. Daphne Wysham, the Climate Justice Program Director at the Center for Sustainable Economy and the director of the Sustainable Energy & Economy Network where she works to reverse the climate impacts of deforestation in the Pacific Northwest, joins us. Recently Trump admitted on TV that he spent a whole day watching Fox News, the very same day Oregon’s Democratic governor was calling him for federal disaster relief as her state went up in flames. But she could not get through to the nation’s leader who clearly favors states that voted for him and punishes states that did not. We discuss the role of the big timber companies like the Koch Brothers’ Georgia Pacific who dominate the state of Oregon and whose forest practices are adding fuel to the fires.
The Role of Winds and Power Lines in the Oregon Fires