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Trump Stokes Backlash by Blaming Environmentalists for Fires

  • Interior Secretary cites policies of radical environmentalists
  • Scientists say climate change is fueling fires in California
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Scientists say California’s record wildfires have been fed by an abnormally hot and dry fire season made worse by climate change, but the Trump administration insists there’s another culprit: 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, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wrote in an op-ed in USA Today Wednesday.