While selling her book at UC Davis last week, Hillary Clinton proclaimed that the wildfires devastating California’s Wine Country and Southern California were exacerbated by global warming.
From The Daily Caller:
“It’s been a tough couple of weeks with hurricanes and earthquakes and now these terrible fires,” Clinton told an audience at the University of California, Davis while promoting her new book “What Happened.”
“So in addition to expressing our sympathy, we need to really come together to try to work to prevent and mitigate, and that starts with acknowledging climate change and the role that it plays in exacerbating such events,” Clinton said.
So where does science fall on global warming’s effect on California’s wildfires? Not with Clinton, that’s for sure.
The latest draft of the national climate assessment finds that there is low confidence that global warming influenced or exacerbated wildfires on the West Coast.
From a 2016 study: “The western USA, [the data] indicate little change overall, and also that area burned at high severity has overall declined compared to pre-European settlement.”
Currently, a number of Napa Valley communities have been evacuated in the wake of the fires, which have killed dozens and burned down countless homes.