Trump Blames California for Wildfires, Threatens to Cut Federal Assistance

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In a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, President Trump blamed California forestry management for its catastrophic wildfires, and threatened to withhold future funding. Trump said that California needs to “get their act together and clean up their forests,” decrying the cost of assistance for federal taxpayers. We’ll talk about what the state is currently doing to manage its forests and what a loss of federal assistance would mean.


Matt Hurteau, associate professor, Department of Biology; University of New Mexico

Paul Rogers, managing editor, KQED's Science unit;environment writer, The Mercury News