Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi delivered a message on climate change in response to the wildfires currently raging in California, telling MSNBC during an interview on Thursday that "Mother Earth is angry."
"Mother Earth is angry," Pelosi said. "She's telling us — whether she's telling us with hurricanes on the Gulf Coast, fires in the West, whatever it is — that the climate crisis is real and has an impact."
There are currently 12 wildfires raging across the state, with one in the Plumas National Forest scorching 1,000 acres every 30 minutes. California has seen six of the top 20 largest wildfires in its history in 2020 alone.
Oregon has also had 1,400 square miles burn in the past week, with Washington close behind at 900 square miles.
Pelosi's comments on "Mother Earth" immediately drew criticism.
California's deficiencies in forest management have come under scrutiny in recent years, including from President Trump in 2019.
? In August, California reached a partnership agreement with the U.S. Forest Service to double their capacity in clearing vegetation — which fuels wildfires — to 1 million acres annually.