Kamala Harris on climate change: ‘An ideology should not kick in. It’s just a fact’
Democratic Vice-Presidential Nominee Kamala Harris toured the damage from wildfires in her home state of California on Tuesday and blamed the disaster on climate change. Her visit comes right after President Donald Trump visited the state and met with local leaders.
“This is not a partisan issue,” Harris said referring to climate change. “An ideology should not kick in. It’s just a fact.”
Harris praised the work of California firefighters saying that they are working around the clock without rest.
“I just heard about how they’ve been working 90-hour shifts, some of them–to save families, to save property, to slow down the fire and its devastation,” she said.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) thanked Harris for her comments on climate change.
“Climate change is real. If you don’t believe in science, come to California and observe it with your own eyes. You cannot be in denial about this reality,” Newsom said.
Newsom was one of the elected officials that met with President Trump on Monday to discuss the wildfires. He was grateful for the president’s assistance in offering quick federal help.
“I want to thank you and acknowledge the work you have done to be immediate in your response,” Newsom said.
Trump approved a disaster declaration for California in August and ordered federal funding to be directed to the state to help address the fires. He has repeatedly blamed the fires on the state’s poor forest management. On Monday, he again told the governor the state needs to do a better job of keeping their forests maintained. Newsom agreed but also said that a large portion of the state’s forests are federally owned.
“We have not done justice to our forest management,” Newsom said. “We acknowledge our role and response.”
Newsom echoed Harris in saying that he doesn’t believe the fires are due to forest management but rather the drastically changing climate. He noted the state’s extremely high temperatures and horrible droughts this year.
The nation’s deadliest fires have all occurred in the last three years and have all been in California.
PHOTO: Kamala Harris’ Twitter @KamalaHarris
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