How to Avoid a Drought-Driven ‘The Last Dance’
“I’m not here to talk about how the government should be doing things,” says former boxing promoter and promoter John “Hogan” Sullivan, who was the first to put his name to a plan to help combat the scourge of droughts and wildfires.
“The first thing you need to do is have enough rain to grow corn, you need enough rain for trees to grow, you have enough water for rivers to move through.
All those things are already in place.
All you need is a little bit more rain.”
The man responsible for putting that plan into action was retired boxing coach and longtime boxing executive Gary “Bud” Johnson.
Sullivan and Johnson were among a group of business executives, business executives from the New York Times, and other business leaders who met with then-president-elect Donald Trump and his advisers in December 2016 to discuss ways to combat droughtakers.
The discussion took place in the Trump Tower suite of Trump Tower in Manhattan.
“The discussion was centered around how the president-elect, his team, and his advisors were going to use the new administration to help alleviate the drought,” says Steve Davis, the former president of the New Jersey-based nonprofit New Jersey Center for Sports, Entertainment, and Innovation.
“This was not an effort to create a policy.
It was a conversation about how to help.”
The Trump team, which included several of Trump’s top advisers, including former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, had long been trying to find a way to combat drought-related fires.
“We were trying to figure out how we could use the Trump administration to put a lot of money into the states, particularly in New Jersey,” Davis says.
But, the idea of helping states like New Jersey, New York, and New Jersey to combat wildfires was not a part of Trump ‘s plan.
Instead, the Trump team focused its attention on creating a “new normal” that would make it easier for states to spend money to fight fires.
“It was an idea that they were very much focused on, but they were not going to make a specific policy or put a specific amount of money,” Davis explains.
“Instead, they were trying their best to come up with something that would be a little more cost-effective.
A new normal is a way of saying, ‘We’re going to do everything we can to fight fire.
We’re going the whole hog, because we have the resources.'””
There was a feeling that we would be able to get all of these resources out to help our states, and that’s the way it should be,” he says.”
It’s not a bad idea to get out there and help our state, because you can’t win a war with a lot more than a little.
We have a lot.”
In the end, the two sides of the conversation came to a deadlock.
Trump’s plan to make it more expensive for states and counties to fight wildfires was abandoned and the Trump White House did not commit to any new federal aid programs.
The federal government has not yet released any data on how many homes were damaged or lost in fires, but the National Association of Counties and Fire Protection Agencies estimates that 1,200 wildfires are currently burning across the United States.
In the meantime, the fires continue to burn, even as more and more states are taking action to get their residents off the grid and onto dry land.
The White House has been slow to react to the wildfires, which are now burning in at least 10 states.
“You have the states like Arizona, Montana, Wyoming, and Texas, and you have states like South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, New Mexico, Nebraska, and all of a sudden they’re burning,” Davis tells TheBlaze.
“And the question is, how is this going to be a response to this drought?
And the answer is, it’s going to take more time to really get these states into a new normal, but hopefully, in the coming months, we’re going from a new norm to a new reality.”
On Monday, Trump announced that he will nominate retired US Navy Captain Mark Wood to lead the Department of the Interior.
He is also expected to appoint two other former members of the Navy and Marine Corps to the department.
The Trump administration also announced that it has been awarded a contract to develop and implement a strategy to combat wildfire prevention and response.
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