Pelosi On Wildfires In California and West: ‘Mother Earth Is Angry’

Written by Martin Walsh

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi weighed in on the raging wildfires that have scorched her home state of California as well as neighboring states.

During an interview on MSNBC, the California Democrat bizarrely claimed that “Mother Earth is angry” when asked about the wildfires raging on the West Coast.

“Here we are, on the eve of 9/11, the 19th anniversary of 9/11, as we are filled with sadness, continued to be filled with sadness about those who lost their lives at that time and since from the consequences of 9/11. That was going to be our focus this week,” Pelosi said.

“We have these fires in California, and in the West, 16 people have died in Washington, Oregon, and California, including a firefighter and a 1-year-old baby. We — our firefighters have been so, very, very courageous,” she added.

“Now, we’re, again, breaking records. Mother Earth is angry. She’s telling us — whether – she’s telling us with hurricanes on the Gulf Coast, fires in the West, whatever it is, that climate crisis is real and has an impact,” she continued.


Fox News reported:

As Pelosi spoke, the network split the screen, with Pelosi on the right and images on the left showing flames consuming homes and a “Children at Play” sign – as well as the general landscape.

Another image showed the Transamerica Pyramid skyscraper in San Francisco, set amid the eerie orange sky in the Bay Area that has been seen in other photos and videos from the West Coast this week in reports on the fire damage.

“Sixteen people have died in Washington, Oregon and California, including a firefighter and 1-year-old baby,” Pelosi said during the same interview. California’s death toll later rose to 19, The Associated Press reported Friday.

In Northern California, the North Complex fire alone has accounted for at least 10 deaths, with 16 other people unaccounted for, the AP reported.

The blaze was among 29 major wildfires counted in the Golden State, burning an area of more than 4,800 square miles – equivalent to the area of Rhode Island, Delaware and Washington, D.C., combined, the AP reported.

Oregon has seen more than 1,400 square miles burn this week while Washington has lost more than 900 square miles to the flames.

President Donald Trump has also taken an active role in trying to help.

The president spoke with California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom “to express his condolences for the loss of life and reiterate the administration’s full support to help those on the front lines of the fires.”

Newsom has not been afraid to publicly praise the Trump administration, saying a few months ago that he had a good working relationship with the White House in trying to obtain federal assistance for the state for dealing with wildfires.

“I’d be lying to you to say that [Trump] hasn’t been responsive to our needs,” Newsom told CNN’s Jake Tapper in April. “He has. And so, as a question, as a sort of an offer of objectivity, I have to acknowledge that publicly.”


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While the president has played a key role in providing federal assistance, he also hasn’t been shy in the past about arguing that California’s wildfires have been sparked, at least in part, by deficiencies in forest management.

Here’s what Trump tweeted back in November: