California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed legislation Thursday investing $15 billion to help the state fight climate change, tackle catastrophic wildfires, and build long-term water resilience.
Newsom signed the bills at a smoky news conference near the lightning-sparked KNP Complex Fire, a 33,000-acre blaze near the heart of California’s Giant Sequoia country that is 0% contained.
“This pollution blanket we put up in the air, that’s what climate is about,” the governor said, pointing to the haze. “The question is, will these trees survive us, and our neglect, our arrogance, and our waste?”
The package of bills, approved during the ...