Harry Reid
Give ‘em hell, Harry!
Center for American Progress

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has no doubt about what’s causing this summer’s disastrous Western fire season: climate change.

During a meeting with reporters this week, Reid linked global warming to a 28,000-acre blaze in Nevada that caused hundreds to be evacuated from their homes. After being mocked by conservative media, he doubled down and made his points again in front of a group of reporters.

Bison Fire, Nevada
This month’s Bison Fire burning in Carson Valley, Nev.
Steve Dunleavy

“The West is being devastated by wildfires. Millions of acres are burning. Millions of acres have burned,” Reid said on Thursday. “Why? Because the climate has changed. The winters are shorter; the summers are hotter; the moisture patterns have changed.”

Asked by a reporter what needs to be done, Reid said, “Talk about climate change as if it really exists, not beat around the bush.”

He also called for more federal spending to prevent wildfires.

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