UPDATED 12:16 PM PT – Saturday, December 4, 2021
As Joe Biden has continued his push for the biggest climate change bill in American history, some Republicans argue that saving the environment isn’t nearly this complicated.
In an interview on Friday, Congressman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said Democrats have damaged natural cycles of nature with sweeping environmental regulations. Nunes stressed this is on full display with the narrative California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) pushes about wildfires after at least three million acres were scorched this year alone.
Over the past decades, Democrats have pushed tight regulations on the timber industry, making it harder for loggers to clear forests. Nunes linked California’s wildfires to the state’s poor forest management policies, which Democrats imposed out of environmental concern.
He stressed when forests aren’t cut and trimmed, it makes wildfires even more devastating. Nunes also pointed out strict environmental regulations have caused electricity prices to rise in the once-thriving economy of the Golden State.
The California Republican warned if Democrats continue to push strict environmental regulations across the country, like many within Biden’s Build Back Better bill, it could also have devastating effects on both nature and the economy.