By Sunday, the devastating wildfires across California were only 25 percent contained as the death toll rose to 31 across the state. An estimated 200 people still remain missing, and in response to the disaster, President Donald Trump took the opportunity to blame California’s “gross mismanagement of the forests” for the mass destruction.
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Hundreds of structures have been destroyed in the fires; among them is Neil Young’s home. On his website, Young called out Trump for his refusal to believe in climate change.
“California is vulnerable – not because of poor forest management as DT (our so-called president) would have us think. We are vulnerable because of climate change; the extreme weather events and our extended drought is part of it,” Young wrote. “Imagine a leader who defies science, saying these solutions shouldn’t be part of his decision-making on our behalf. Imagine a leader who cares more for his own, convenient option than he does for the people he leads. Imagine an unfit leader. Now imagine a fit one.”
Even firefighters are blaming the blaze on climate change. In a press conference, Los Angeles Fire Chief Daryl Osby said, “The fact of the matter is if you look at the state of California, climate challenge is happening statewide … it is going to be here for the foreseeable future.”
Young continued in his post: “It really is time for a reckoning with this unfit leader. Maybe our new Congress can help. I sure hope so.”
Young isn’t the only celebrity hit by this round of wildfires; Robin Thicke, Gerard Butler, Kim Kardashian West, Scott Baio, Rainn Wilson, Guillermo del Toro, and Miley Cyrus have reportedly lost homes as well.