The Woolsey Fire was a destructive wildfire that burned in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties of the U.S. state of California. The fire ignited on November 8, 2018 and burned 96,949 acres of land. The fire destroyed 1,643 structures, killed three people, and prompted the evacuation of more than 295,000 people.

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In recent years, Riverside, Malibu, Temecula, and the Los Angeles area have all faced historic wildfires.

Their collective intergovernmental body, the Southern California Association of Governments, acknowledged in 2020 that “the SCAG region could experience an increase in wildfire frequency and intensity by the mid-21st century.” SCAG sits on the front lines of regional planning regarding the climate emergency and it knows that the catastrophic climate future that many of us feared is happening now.

But because so many of its activities rely on state funding, SCAG also maintains an active lobbying presence in Sacramento, and this is where the searing memory of these fires seems to get . . . forgotten. As it turns out, SCAG’s lobbying firm also lobbies for utility giant Sempra, and Sempra is one of North America’s largest fracked gas exporters and its pro-fossil fuel agenda is a major contributor to the climate crisis.

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