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Donald Trump Thinks Raking Will Stop California Wildfires Because That s What They Do In The Arctic

Donald Trump has once again raised eyebrows after suggesting the humble rake could solve the problem of California wildfires that have killed at least 76 people in recent days.Speaking from the scene of the devastation on Saturday, the President refused to acknowledge environmental and climate factors, instead telling reporters of how they deal with fires in Finland.He said: You ve got to take care of the floors. You know the floors of the forest, very important. I was with the president of Finland and he said, We have a much different we re a forest nation. He called it a forest nation, and they spent a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things. And they don t have any problem. And when they do, it s a very small problem. California is a drought-stricken region which contains Death Valley, where the world s hottest temperature of 56.7 C was recorded in 1913.Finland is covered in snow for much of the year and a quarter of the country is in the Arctic Circle.Wow, it’s almost like Finland and California have *completely different climates*, with one having year round rainfall and the other in a drought with strong sunshine and winds. But no, Trump’s right, it’s probably to do with raking https://t.co/86V5Kl9yot Hadley Freeman (@HadleyFreeman) November 18, 2018Asked whether the scenes of devastation had changed his view on climate change, Trump said: No. I have a strong opinion. I want great climate and we re going to have that and we re going to have forests that are very safe. It s not clear what the President meant by great climate .Nearly 1,300 people remain unaccounted for as wildfires devastate California.Authorities said five more bodies were found on Saturday, including four in the decimated town of Paradise and one in nearby Concow.Officials also raised the number of people on the missing persons list, hours after president Donald Trump surveyed what remained of a decimated community.Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea pleaded with fire evacuees to check the list of people reported as unreachable by family and friends and to call in if they are safe.Hundreds of people have already been located, but the overall number keeps growing because officials are adding names, including those reported as missing during the disaster s chaotic early hours, he said.

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