Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles mayor, blames climate change for fires, rejects overgrown forests charge

Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles mayor, blames climate change for fires, rejects overgrown forests charge


President Trump issued a major disaster declaration last month for the California wildfires, but Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Sunday said that if he really wanted to help, he would acknowledge climate change and embrace the Paris climate accord.

Mr. Garcetti blamed climate change for the wildfires that have burned nearly 3 million acres this year in California, dismissing concerns about the state’s overgrown forests and poor management raised by Mr. Trump and congressional Republicans.

“It’s been very clear that years of drought, as we’re seeing, whether it’s too much water and too much rain in parts of our country right now, or too little, this is climate change,” said Mr. Garcetti on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “And this is an administration that’s put its head in the sand while we have Democratic and Republican mayors across the country stepping up to do their part.”

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