Smoke from climate change-fueled wildfires blocks out California sun
A view of a layer of smoke generated by the over two dozen wildfires burning in California created and eerie orange glow over mush of the San Francisco Bay Area, California, United States on September 09, 2020. Fortunately a marine layer kept the smoke well above the ground improving air quality in the area. Burak Arik/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

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.

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Jaisal is currently the Democracy Initiative Manager at the Solutions Journalism Network and is a former TRNN host, producer, and reporter. He mainly grew up in the Baltimore area and studied modern history at the University of Maryland, College Park. Before joining TRNN, he contributed print, radio, and TV reports to Free Speech Radio News, Democracy Now! and The Indypendent. Jaisal's mother has taught in the Baltimore City Public School system for the past 25 years. Follow him on Twitter @jaisalnoor.