In December, Gov. Jerry Brown asserted California’s independence and blasted President Donald Trump for dismissing climate change.
On Friday, the governor had a reality check, and asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to declare a major disaster after the state was hammered by storms, floods and mudslides.
Brown attacked Trump’s energy and environmental policies at a forum for scientists in December. The governor vowed to protect climate research and policies aimed at curbing global warming. “We’ve got the scientists, we’ve got the lawyers and we’re ready to fight,” Brown told the audience.
Suddenly giving the finger to the President and all the voters in flyover country doesn’t look like such a good idea.
The presidential declaration is a step toward freeing up federal money to supplement other public funds for cleanup efforts. Brown estimated that the public cleanup in California will cost more than $162 million.
Trump granted a similar request last month from Oregon, another blue state, which suffered from a severe winter storm before Christmas.
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