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Levin: Despite Highest Taxes and Toughest Regulations, California Is 'Burning' and 'Going Bankrupt'

By Alexander Watson | September 16, 2020 | 2:19pm EDT
Conservative radio host Mark Levin gives a speech. (Photo credit: Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Radio Hall of Fame)
Conservative radio host Mark Levin gives a speech. (Photo credit: Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Radio Hall of Fame)

Even though California has the highest taxes and toughest environmental regulations, "the state is burning" and "going bankrupt," conservative radio host Mark Levin said on "The Mark Levin Show" Monday.

They've the toughest environmental rules in the country in California; the state is burning," Levin said. "They have the highest taxes in the country in California; they are going bankrupt, a beautiful state with natural resources, that at one time was run perfectly well under Reagan, Deukmejian, Wilson. But you've now had a series of leftists."

The conservative author blamed the wildfires on "decades and decades of liberal policies that do not allow logging, that do not allow cleanups, do not allow preventative burns, any of these things."

Levin ended the segment by noting the consequences of the wildfires.

"And people now, their entire lifestyles have been changed. This has a real-world effect on people. Thousands of homes burned to the ground, God knows how many animals, dozens of people are dead, and they blame climate change. They might as well blame Mother Nature; it doesn't matter! They take responsibility for nothing."

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Below is a transcript of this portion of “The Mark Levin Show”:

Levin: The Democrats have been running California for years and years and years.  It's a one-party state, they are in control of the environmental commissions, they are in control of the major cities. They're in control of the decisions that are made with respect to the timber, the forests, and all the rest of it.  Republicans have no say. The president of the United states has no say; it's theirs. They own the whole thing. And yet they hide behind climate change. Well, what's the problem? Climate change?  Is their climate change in Wyoming, Mr.Producer? Is there climate change in Montana? Idaho? Big country out there, ladies and gentlemen. Climate change in Colorado? Now we've had forest fires before, we've had huge fires before, but they are getting worse and worse and worse, not because of climate change but because of the people in charge of managing these areas of our country. These dark blue states are a disaster, a disaster when it comes to the environment. The irony is, the hard left, the dark blue states are a disaster for the environment, absolute disaster. What's going on now in Oregon and California and parts of Washington state, Exxonmobil couldn't do it if it wanted to do. It's not because of climate change. Go on the Internet, there is expert after expert saying the same thing and they have been saying it for years. I talked about this the other day. Other talk show hosts are now talking about it: decades and decades of liberal policies that do not allow logging, that do not allow cleanups, do not allow preventative burns, any of these things. And it's been going on since the mid-1990s under the Clinton administration. They set the policy and these governors embraced it. And they paved the way for these massive wildfires, paved the way. This has been going on for 30 years. Nothing to do with climate change. “It's getting hotter and hotter." These flat-earthers, some parts of the globe are getting hotter, some parts of the globe are getting cooler. We have no control of what the Sun does to us. I wrote in "Liberty and Tyranny" -- how old is that book now? It's over 10 years old, I think -- of the coming, the coming blackouts and brownouts in California. Why? Because I’m Nostra Damus? No! Because of the policies. Go ahead and look it up. The coming brownouts and blackouts, and other states that follow California’s lead. they'll have the same problem. It is an environmental disaster because of the left. But they want to keep talking about climate change because that's an abstraction. Man-made climate change, of all things, it's an abstraction. So the fact in California that they're already cutting their energy usage is not enough. The fact that they’re taxed up the wahzoo, they're regulated up the wahzoo, it's not enough because it's never enough. That's the nature of the left. They're not the problem, their ideology is not the problem, the people are the problem and this is where we are going in every part of our economy and culture, every part of our society should Joe Biden win. They've the toughest environmental rules in the country in California; the state is burning. They have the highest taxes in the country in California; they are going bankrupt, a beautiful state with natural resources, that at one time was run perfectly well under Reagan, Deukmejian, Wilson. But you've now had a series of leftists. You've had Jerry Brown, now you've got Newsom and others. One-party state. They prayed to the idol of climate change, prayed to the idol of leftism, and they've destroyed the state. They've destroyed it. They've destroyed the state’s environment. And people now, their entire lifestyles have been changed. This has a real-world effect on people. Thousands of homes burned to the ground, God knows how many animals, dozens of people are dead, and they blame climate change. They might as well blame Mother Nature; it doesn't matter! They take responsibility for nothing.

Alex Watson is a CNSNews intern and Christendom College graduate.

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