2M acres of California have burned so far this year
But *4.4 - 12M* acres (!) burned each year in *pre-industrial* times
It is gross misinformation to blame climate change for our fires
And scientists in February 2020 concluded that California needs to burn 20M acres to restabilize forest ecology
“Of the hundreds of persons who visit the Pacific slope of California every summer to see the mountains,” reported a U.S. government scientist in 1898, who had surveyed the region, “few see more than the immediate foreground and a haze of smoke.”
Last month, @GavinNewsom and @realDonaldTrump signed an agreement to treat 1M acres/year of California's forests through 2025
Where @GavinNewsom could have promoted this agreement as a case of rare bipartisan agreement he is instead engaging in misleading alarmism that has polarized the American people & prevented pragmatic action.
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