Wildfire disasters in the USA

This 11 September 2020 United States TV video is called ‘Everything Is A Total Loss’: Entire Towns Devastated By Oregon Wildfires | NBC News NOW.

Ten percent of Oregon’s population ordered to evacuate as wildfires continue to ravage the US west coast. By David Fitzgerald, 11 September 2020. At least fourteen people have died in the latest outbreak: a one-year-old boy in Washington, three people in Oregon, and ten in California, and the death toll is expected to rise.

NIGHTMARE IN OREGON: 500,000 EVACUATE Stunned residents of the small Oregon town of Phoenix walked through a scene of devastation after one of the state’s many wildfires wiped out much of their community. By Thursday evening, the number of Oregon residents evacuated statewide because of fires had climbed to an estimated 10% of the state’s 4.2 million population. Some firefighters in Clackamas County were told to disengage because of dangerous fire activity as two large fires in the area were believed to be merging. Across Oregon, California and Washington, many towns have been destroyed. [AP]

10 DEAD IN MASSIVE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE A Northern California wildfire became the state’s deadliest of the year Thursday when authorities announced seven more deaths, bringing the total to 10 and the unnerving prospect the toll would climb as searchers looked for 16 missing people. Among those unaccounted for are Sandy Butler and her husband, who called their son to say they were going to try to escape the flames by finding shelter in a pond. [AP]

6 thoughts on “Wildfire disasters in the USA

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  2. In California, Oregon and Washington, in the midst of an unprecedented heat wave, wildfires are raging out of control. Millions of acres have been burned, dozens of people have died, hundreds of homes have been destroyed, hundreds of thousands of people are being evacuated from their communities and the smoke-filled air in the region is increasingly dangerous to breathe.

    When we talk about the existential threat of climate change, this is what we are talking about. And, unless we have the courage to take on the greed, lies and irresponsibility of the fossil fuel industry and transform our energy system into energy efficiency and sustainable energy, the worst is yet to come.

    The future will not just bring more frequent and worse wildfires. There will be more drought and decreased food production. More floods and extreme weather disturbances. More acidification of the oceans. More disease. More mass migrations. More wars. More human suffering.

    Let me be very clear:

    We do not have any time to waste in addressing the climate emergency facing our country and the world. According to the scientific community, we have only a few years to act before there will be irreparable damage.

    And yet with all the harmful effects of climate change that we are experiencing across this country and around the world, we have a president who believes climate change is a hoax. Trump is not only ignoring climate science, he is making a terrible situation worse by promoting the use of more fossil fuels.

    While the Arctic is on fire, the Trump administration thought it might be a good idea to authorize oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. We are in the middle of a very serious climate emergency and Trump wants to expand drilling efforts on protected lands.

    In addition to the fires raging in the west, Hurricane Laura struck the Gulf Coast just a few weeks ago and was one of the most powerful storms to ever hit the United States. And last month in the Midwest there was a derecho with intense winds that swept through Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana, resulting in horrific damage to homes, infrastructure, and crops.

    Plus, over the course of this year, our planet has experienced rising temperatures that threaten to destroy fragile ecosystems. January 2020 was the hottest January of all time, and the same happened in May of this year. And July 2020 became the second-hottest month ever recorded.

    Here is a radical idea:

    In the midst of this unprecedented climate emergency, we need an unprecedented response. We need a Green New Deal to take aggressive action on climate change and create millions of jobs in the process.

    That is why, first and foremost, we must come together to defeat Donald Trump in November. And then we must end the disgrace of the fossil fuel industry destroying the planet to make a profit, and transition to 100% renewable energy.

    Over these next couple of months, I am going to be working hard to mobilize our movement ahead of this election and help generate the largest voter turnout this country has ever seen. Because the truth is that we must not only defeat Donald Trump — we must beat him badly.

    But we can’t stop there.

    If we are serious about saving the future of our planet, we must elect the most progressive Congress in history. We need more people in office who understand that we need to act immediately and boldly if we are going to confront the existential threat of climate change. We need a Green New Deal and we need it NOW.

    It is going to require all of us working together, which is why I am asking you directly:

    Can you contribute $2.70 today to help me elect a record number of progressives nationwide who are ready to get to work addressing the climate crisis? The future of our planet depends on it.

    It is up to us to leave our children and grandchildren a planet that is healthy and habitable. Thank you for being a part of our fight to confront climate change.

    In solidarity,

    Bernie Sanders


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