President of the United States of America on Thursday said the California wildfire is not a result of weather change, but the import of Canadian lumbers.
During a cabinet meeting, Trump and its other officials completely denied the role of weather and only pointed fingers at Canadian lumbers, while deliberating that the abundance of fallen trees works as a natural accelerant.
“It’s not a global warming thing, it’s a management situation,” said Trump. “And one of the elements that he talked about was the fact that we have fallen trees, and instead of removing those fallen trees, which get to be extremely combustible, instead of removing them, gently removing them, beautifully removing them, we leave them to burn.”
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke also criticized the import to the US, as fallen trees are left to rot on the ground. He further added that US only imports lumber in the country, even when there are a billions of board feet that are rotting on the floor of forest. The abundance of timber is getting wasted, while the price of housing continues to increase.
Donald trump further said “Just to add, just to conclude, especially when Canada is charging us a lot of money to bring their timber down into our country. So ridiculous, here we have it. We’re not even talking about cutting down trees… we’re talking about lying on the floor creating a hazard and a tremendous death trap.”
Economically, US has applied a tariff to Canadian lumber, which implies that American citizens must pay a duty to the US government over and above the selling price. According to an estimate, such tariffs collected by the government has increased the price of the average U.S. home by US$9,000.
Therefore, the fallen trees can be used in a better way, serving both the purpose of controlling the California wildfire and the inflation in housing industry. Also, with the reduction in amount of tariffs, owning a house will become relatively easy.