Let the Red States Burn: Gianforte Among Republican Governors Disinvited From White House Summit on Western Wildfires

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In a year with near-record temperatures and terrible drought, with terrible wildfires, and with Montana being a tinder box, Joe Biden put politics before public safety and chose not to include Governor Greg Gianforte in an emergency summit on wildfire management in the West.

Montana is in the American West. Gianforte is the governor of Montana. But only two Republican governors were included in the meeting, and three Republicans were disinvited at the last moment – the governors of Montana, Idaho, and Arizona. All the other governors invited were Democrats because apparently (in Joe Biden’s mind) wildfires only affect the Blue States.

The meeting, which was held on June 30 by the Biden Administration to discuss how to foster cooperation between the western states and the federal government in summer of little rainfall and heavily predicted wildfires.

The Biden Administration put out the press release stating:

Today, President Biden and Vice President Harris will meet with Governors from Western states, Cabinet officials and private sector partners to discuss specific actions the public and private sector are each taking to strengthen prevention, preparedness, mitigation, and response efforts – and to protect communities across our country from wildfires and their devastating impacts.  During today’s meeting, the President will direct a number of actions, in close coordination with State and local governments and the private sector, to ensure the Federal Government can most effectively protect public safety and deliver assistance to our people in times of urgent need.”

In a joint letter with Idaho Governor Brad Little to the White House, Gianforte chides Biden for not inviting them to what is clearly in their state’s interest and then reiterates that the President needs to be willing to do what it takes year-round to reduce any catastrophes from wildfires.

“While we are encouraged to learn you will meet with eight western governors to discuss the federal government’s response to wildfires, we were disappointed to learn not all western states who face a harsh wildfire season will be at the table.

It is critical to engage governors fully and directly to have a productive discussion about how the federal government can improve its wildfire response and prevention efforts.

…While western states will spend the coming months fighting wildfires alongside federal partners on the ground, it is critical we have a federal partner in the White House who is willing to do what needs to be done year-round to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires. The federal government must work with states to actively and meaningfully manage our lands to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires.

One example of such actions that must be done is found in Biden’s press release, where he states “Decades of shifting development patterns, land and fire management decisions, and climate change have resulted in wildfires that move with a speed and intensity previously unseen.”

“Land and fire management decisions” refers to clearing out forest floors or engaging in proper forest management techniques like controlled burns, selectively and proactively removing trees and creating fire breaks. This is something that many progressive environmentalists aren’t keen to do, making it all the more important that Montana expertise is present. Gianforte’s letter affirms “our states possess extensive experience and expertise in fighting wildfires, preventing them, and managing our forests” and the value it would bring to the situation where states like California have been burning for years on account of their very failure to do what Monatan is proposing, and so there’s no reason not to bring us on.

The fact that Biden’s Summit does not include Montana makes no sense, but it’s sadly about what we’ve come to expect from this divisive government.





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1 COMMENT

  1. I’ll take Gianforte’s common sense and practical knowledge over the greenies’ protocols any day.
    I’d LOVE to hear Newsom’s comments on his stewardship during the Cali wildfires, but then,I just really like to laugh.

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