Trump's Weird Flex About Mount Rushmore

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「President Donald Trump said Wednesday this year’s Independence Day will feature a fireworks display atop Mount Rushmore, an event he would 「try」 to attend.

In May 2019, South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem initially announced that the state and the Department of Interior had struck a deal to have the fireworks return to Mt. Rushmore beginning with the 2020 Independence Day celebration. The fireworks had been discontinued in 2009 due to concerns of a wildfire hazard in forests adjacent to the monument. Noem said advancements in pyrotechnics and a strengthened forest led to the decision to have the fireworks return to the site.

Pine beetle infestations in nearby forests were the cause of concern when the fireworks were discontinued. These infestations can kill trees, which increases their flammability risk and, in turn, poses a potential wildfire hazard. Fireworks increased the risk that a fire would ignite.

Some studies suggest that climate change is causing some types of pine beetles to reproduce more rapidly and influencing their growth and development to make them more lethal.」

Hosts: Ana Kasparian, John Iadarola

Cast: Ana Kasparian, John Iadarola


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