While Governor Jerry Brown has been telling California residents that the lone blame for wildfires is climate change, what many don't know is that he actually vetoed a bipartisan wildfire management bill back in 2016.
“With climate change, some scientists are saying Southern California is literally burning up, and burning up as maybe a metaphor or a description not just to the fires right here, but what we can expect over the next years and decades,” Gov. Brown said.
The wildfire management bill, called SB 1463, had unanimously passed until it got to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown, The bill would have given local government officials more of a say in fire prevention.
"One of the paramount responsibilities of government is to provide for public safety. Consequences of wildfire include loss of life, property damage, impacts on ecosystems, etc. and lay at the heart of several communities’ concern with wildfire and the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) needs to be sure to take these into consideration when developing future standards.
Senate Bill 1463 instructs PUC on best use of fire hazard information in developing future heightened utility fire mitigation standards for at-risk communities throughout the state."
The latest fires in California have been burning for days. The Camp fire that started last week is officially the deadliest and most destructive in the state's history.
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