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Trump Administration Exploits California Wildfire Tragedy to Benefit Logging Industry

Argues for inclusion of pro-logging provisions in end-of-year agricultural legislation
The Camp Fire as seen from the Landsat 8 satellite on Nov. 8, 2018

The Camp Fire — the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history — as seen from the Landsat 8 satellite on Nov. 8, 2018.

Joshua Stevens / NASA
November 20, 2018
Washington, D.C. —

Today, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue used the California wildfires to argue for including some of industry’s worst and most destructive preferred logging policies in the Farm Bill. The statements came following Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s insinuation that “environmental radicals” bore responsibility for the extreme conditions, not climate change.

Earthjustice President Abigail Dillen issued the following statement:

“The only ‘radicals’ here are Trump administration officials who are exploiting a climate tragedy to try to benefit their friends in the timber industry. There’s no question that climate change is driving these catastrophic wildfires and the deadly air quality that goes along with them.”


Blaine Miller-McFeeley, Earthjustice, (202) 667-4500

We're the lawyers for the environment, and the law is on our side.