Smoke from climate change-fueled wildfires blocks out California sun

Gov. Gavin Newsom called the fires "climate-induced," and said he had "no patience for climate-deniers," but has approved dozens of new fracking permits this year.

Smoke from climate-change fueled wildfires has blocked out the sun in Northern California’s Bay Area. Gov. Gavin Newsom said California has already experienced “the largest fire season we’ve had in recent recorded history.”

“The challenge we’re facing now is the extreme fire events that we believe are climate-induced,” Newsom said. “I have no patience for climate-change deniers. It’s inconsistent with the reality on the ground, the facts.”

As The Real News has reported, Newsom has approved 48 new fracking permits since lifting California’s moratorium earlier this year.

CORRECTION (Updated 09/12/2020): A previous version of this article stated that California Gov. Gavin Newsom has approved 36 new fracking permits since the state’s moratorium ended. He has, in fact, approved 48 permits.