California GOP lawmakers call on Biden administrator to address aviation fuel shortage to prevent wildfires

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The entire California GOP roster of lawmakers has called on the Biden administration to act immediately and address the aviation fuel shortage to prevent wildfires.

As the nation sinks into wildfire season, Representative Darrell Issa, R-Calif., Led the California Republican delegation in a letter to Home Secretary Deb Haaland and Home Secretary Agriculture Tom Vilsack, calling on them to address a “potential fuel shortage” for planes charged with fighting fires.

Issa blasted the Biden administration in a statement, blaming the “administrative failures” of firefighters potentially facing fires without enough fuel.

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“We know of the devastating loss of life, land and property that wildfires can inflict in the West almost without warning,” Issa wrote. “This is why it is inexplicable that due to administrative failures our firefighters can weather the peak of the fire season without the aviation fuel supplies to support first responders and line personnel in the field. “

“The Biden administration must act now, not wait for our communities to burn,” he continued. “We call for leadership and cooperation to avoid the kind of disaster that we have seen before.”

Lawmakers point out in the letter that the wildfire season this year is likely to be “a severe season” and that “key officials are reporting that they face the real possibility of severe jet fuel shortages.”

“That would mean they would have to give up and refuse service from specialized planes and helicopters that drop flame retardants – endangering millions of Americans in a substantial number of communities,” the letter said.

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Calling the risk to the community “unacceptable”, lawmakers said the lack of preparedness “represents a dangerous and vulnerable posture that is potentially catastrophic” and that the risk requires “immediate attention”, highlighting warnings from firefighters included in an Associated Press statement. article earlier this month on fuel shortages.

“This is particularly relevant because the Biden administration is committed to drastically reducing the production and use of fossil fuels,” lawmakers wrote.

“While we recognize the potential benefits of renewable fuels as part of our future, the fact remains: for the foreseeable future, heavy equipment, personnel carriers, airplanes, pumps, generators, saws and other tools that help firefighters do their jobs all require fossil fuels, ”they continued.

The group wrote that the Biden administration “is not doing its job” to ensure that those fighting fires on the front lines are “properly equipped for their essential and vital work” if they do not have enough fuel. to fight the fires and asked for the administration to answer questions about how it will fight future fires.

“This fire is a threat in the West is not new, and it is not a surprise,” they wrote. “The only surprise is that our reactions and our preparation continue to be insufficient.”

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A White House official told Fox News on Tuesday that the federal government is coordinating with frontline officials to offer the necessary assistance, such as ensuring that the necessary fuel is available for the aerial fire extinguisher.

The official also said the federal government was monitoring forest fires, adding that they were made worse by drought, winds and heat.


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