Wildfires Are The ‘New Reality’ For California, Gov. Brown Warns

Source: Huffington Post

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) toured some of the destruction left by unrelenting wildfires across his state on Saturday and warned that climate change is creating a “new normal” for natural disasters.

“We’re facing a new reality in this state, where fires threaten people’s lives, their property, their neighborhoods,” and cost “billions and billions of dollars,” he said at a news conference alongside emergency officials.

“This could be something that happens every year or every few years. It happens to some degree. It’s just more intense, more widespread. We’re about ready to have firefighting at Christmas,” he said. “This is very odd and unusual. But it is the way the world is with the kind of carbon pollution that we’re not only living with but that we’re generating still.”

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Gov. Jerry Brown urged people to “do more, not less” to help eliminate the effects of climate change.

As of Sunday, an estimated 200,000 acres in and around the Los Angeles area remain ablaze. The largest of the infernos, the Thomas Fire in Ventura County, has grown to more than 173,000 acres. It is so far 15% contained, according to Cal Fire’s website.

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