How dare rivers flow to the sea? It’s unAmerican.

Also on Trump’s busy schedule is attacking California for throwing good water into the ocean instead of using it to put out fires and grow crops.

In his first remarks on the vast California wildfires that have killed at least seven people and forced thousands to flee, President Trump blamed the blazes on the state’s environmental policies and inaccurately claimed that water that could be used to fight the fires was “foolishly being diverted into the Pacific Ocean.”

State officials and firefighting experts dismissed the president’s comments, which he posted on Twitter. “We have plenty of water to fight these wildfires, but let’s be clear: It’s our changing climate that is leading to more severe and destructive fires,” said Daniel Berlant, assistant deputy director of Cal Fire, the state’s fire agency.

I guess he hasn’t heard that that’s all a plot of Hillary Clinton and Robert Mueller and the 37 Angry Democrats.

He and others said that Mr. Trump appeared to be referring to a perennial and unrelated water dispute in California between farmers and environmentalists. Farmers have long argued for more water to be allocated to irrigating crops, while environmentalists counter that the state’s rivers would suffer and fish stocks would die.

Ok well that’s what he meant! It’s not what he tweeted but it’s totally what he meant. He meant those awful environmentalists, who don’t want to see all the rivers and aquifers dry up. So unreasonable.

The president first addressed the fires late Sunday, writing on Twitter, “California wildfires are being magnified & made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren’t allowing massive amount of readily available water to be properly utilized.”

Hmm. So he thinks people fighting fires should just Tap the Power of California’s Mighty Rivers to put the fires out. How, exactly, one wonders – just take a trowel and scratch a little opening in the bank of the nearest river and whoosh, fire’s out? If the nearest river is 50 or 100 or 200 miles away, well, it will take a few minutes longer, but that’s what separates the heroes from the 12 pound environmentalists.

California does not lack water to fight the Carr Fire and others burning across the state, officials said.

Mr. Berlant of Cal Fire declined to speculate on the meaning of Mr. Trump’s statement that water was not being “properly utilized.”

Asked about that line and the president’s claim that water was being diverted into the Pacific, a spokesman for Gov. Jerry Brown, Evan Westrup, said in an email, “Your guess is as good as mine.”

He told you, it’s all been being dumped in the ocean.

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William Stewart, a forestry specialist at the University of California, Berkeley, said he believed Mr. Trump was referring to the battle over allocating water to irrigation versus providing river habitat for fish.

That debate has no bearing on the availability of water for firefighting. Helicopters lower buckets into lakes and ponds to collect water that is then used to douse wildfires, and there is no shortage of water to do so, Cal Fire officials said.

Oh yeah? Oh yeah? I bet if they looked in the ocean they’d find all that missing water.

California water regulators are preparing to negotiate how much water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta should flow to California’s farms and how much should flow down the river and to the ocean to ensure fish have enough fresh water to spawn and hatch. The issue has long pitted environmentalists against the state’s farming communities.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Mr. Trump took on the farmers’ grievances in language similar to his tweets this week.

“You have a water problem that is so insane, it is so ridiculous, where they’re taking the water and shoving it out to sea,” he said during a May 2016 campaign rally in Fresno. “They have farms up here, and they don’t get water.”

It should all go to the farms. Those stupid fish just waste it, and who wants fish anyway when you can have a burger.

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