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Wild fires in California (Image: AP)

For Australians, the pictures out of California provoke an eerie sense of déjà vu -- a reminder of a summer we’d rather forget. San Francisco choking under apocalyptic blood-red skies. Homes and livelihoods incinerated in minutes. Lines of shell-shocked evacuees. 

In the United States, the links between climate change and a devastatingly severe fire season are as obvious as they were obvious during our black summer. But just like in January, the west coast wildfires have been accompanied by a barrage of disinformation downplaying the connection with climate change. 

Greenies, not climate change

As California Governor Gavin Newsom begged the country to take action on a climate emergency, President Donald Trump found another cause.