Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, warned Americans on Sept. 11 that they should vote Republican this November.
That wasn’t his intention, of course, but that should have been the message for anyone who listens to his warnings.
The Hill posted a one-minute video clip of Newsom describing the challenges facing the Golden State today.
"Over the entire west coast of the United States we have temperature — record-breaking temperatures, record droughts," he said, standing amidst the fire ravaged North Complex Fire near Oroville in Northern California. "It is here now."
Then he gave a frightening warning to America.
"California, folks, is America fast-forward," Newsom continued.
"What we’re experiencing right here is coming to communities all across the United States of America."
The apocalyptic picture the governor painted was supposed to be a call for action to combat climate change. But it was really a call to not follow California’s lead lest everyone else finds themselves in the same predicament.
Nearly 3.2 million acres of California’s forests have burned as of the weekend, which is approximately 26 times the acreage that burned during 2019.
But the damage obviously wasn’t the result of climate change. California is subject to the same climate as that of the rest of Northern America. Climate change doesn’t move from state-to-state.
The destruction of California’s forests is more properly attributable to the state’s poor forestry management.
The uptick in forest fires was predicted 20 years ago by Bob Zybach, an experienced forester with a Ph.D. in environmental science.
"If you don’t start managing these forests, then they are going to start burning up. Thirty years later, they are still ignoring it," Zybach told The Daily Caller.
And the irony is that it’s lack of forestry management is the result of the state’s extreme environmental policies.
Chuck DeVore, a former Republican California state assemblyman, made that point clear in a Forbes piece published last year.
"This is California’s big secret: it’s not climate change that’s burning up the forests, killing people, and destroying hundreds of homes; it’s decades of environmental mismanagement that has created a tinderbox of unharvested timber, dead trees, and thick underbrush," he wrote. In addition, the wildfires cause the state to be a net emitter of carbon dioxide (CO2), which climate alarmists believe has long been a major contributor to manmade climate change.
Although healthy forests consume vast quantities of CO2, DeVore observed that "the portion of California's National Forests protected from timber harvesting is now a net contributor to atmospheric carbon dioxide due to fires and trees killed by insects and disease."
But forest fires aren’t the only ills plaguing California that can be attributed to its liberal environmental and social policies.
Its increasing reliance on wind and solar to produce electricity has led to skyrocketing energy costs while at the same time offering Californians increasingly unreliable service.
Iranian-Australian columnist Rita Panahi ticked off some of the other self-imposed woes facing California.
"Regular mass blackouts, human faeces on the streets, the return of medieval diseases, massive wealth/income inequality," she observed. Panahi then asked, "is California under the Democrats really 'America fast-forward'?"
Ricochet editor-in-chief Jon Gabriel condensed the governor’s message as simply, "Newsom warns America about runaway leftism."
And that pretty much sums it up.
Newsom’s warnings should be used by every 2020 Republican candidate, along with the message, "Don’t be California. This is what happens when you allow liberal policy to overrule common sense."
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. Read Michael Dorstewitz's Reports — More Here.
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