How U.S. government action has fueled the West Coast climate fires

Democracy Now!

Published on Sep 14, 2020

As unprecedented wildfires rage in California, Oregon and Washington, President Trump has mainly blamed forest management for west coast fires, downplaying the climate crisis. “These are climate fires,” says Timothy Ingalsbee, wildland fire ecologist and former wildland firefighter. “The important point for people to understand is it’s not the inaction of the federal government that is part of the climate crisis — it’s their deliberate actions, pushing more fossil fuel extraction and burning, promoting the alteration of the planet’s atmosphere and oceans.” In 2015, Ingalsbee’s daughter, Kelsey Juliana, was the lead plaintiff in a landmark youth climate lawsuit against the U.S. government. “The government is causing my daughter’s generation, future generations — all species, for that matter — significant harm,” he says

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