“The only moisture in eastern Washington was the tears of those who have lost their homes, and mingled with ashes,” he said. “And now we have a setback on our states in the West, which is climate change.”
At a Nevada rally Saturday night, President Donald Trump asked the crowd to recall that wildfires are “about forest management,” among other things.
Inslee blasted the president’s remarks – expressing his frustration at the administration’s reluctance to deal with climate change and thereby working to prevent disasters such as these fires.
“We know that climate change is making fires easier, spreads faster and intensifies,” he said. “And it’s crazy right now that, when we have this cosmic challenge for our communities, along the entire west coast of the United States, the president has to refuse to tell them that they don’t have wildfires , These are climate fires. “
“If it’s not a sign for the United States, I don’t know what it will take,” he said.