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.