Nearly 100 million dead trees in the Sierra forestlands have created a tinderbox in our mountains and a dangerous situation for firefighters and mountain residents alike. Disturbingly, Governor Brown and California Democrats are holding Cap and Trade funds hostage that could be used to clear this land.
The Legislature is poised to approve a budget that only gives $20 million to vital programs that would remove the dead trees and ensure their disposal at biomass facilities. Twenty million is far less than the $100 million initially proposed by the Governor in May or the $200 million proposed by my bill which was killed a few weeks ago.
With recent deadly and massively destructive fires burning all over our state, we must make the safety of our firefighters, mountain residents and tourists a priority. If we don’t, we are playing Russian roulette.