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Trump Team Blaming Wildfires on Environmentalists Spurs Backlash

Aug. 8, 2018, 7:41 PM

Scientists say California’s record wildfires have been fed by an abnormally hot and dry fire season, but the Trump administration continues to insist that there is a culprit to blame other than climate change: environmentalists and their policies.

“Radical environmentalists” should shoulder some of the blame for pushing back against “active forest management,” policies that include mechanical thinning and timber harvest to reduce the risks of wildfires, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wrote in an Aug. 8 op-ed in USA Today.

Zinke is the latest administration official to echo President Donald Trump, who tweeted Aug. 6 that the fires ...

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