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Tue Jun 30, 2020, 08:36 AM

Tump's planned trip to Mount Rushmore puts lives and a fragile ecosystem at risk

On Friday, President Trump plans to attend a fireworks display at Mount Rushmore, located in the majestic Black Hills of South Dakota.

He was invited there by the state legislature, although Governor Kristi Noem, a vociferous Trump devotee, almost certainly played a role in organizing the much-hyped event. Before the legislature passed the resolution to welcome him, Trump said Noem had asked him to lift environmental restrictions meant to protect the Black Hills from the potential devastation an exorbitant pyrotechnics show could cause.

During an interview, the president said he could not believe environmental harm could be caused by fireworks because “it’s all stone.” In his typical fashion, characterized by an irrational, pernicious level of arrogance commingled with obliviousness and indifference, Trump fails to grasp or care that Mount Rushmore is in the middle of the Black Hills National Forest.

The last fireworks display at the monument was in 2009. The Trump administration’s Department of the Interior claims that an environmental assessment they performed concluded that such a show held this year would have “no significant impact.” Here’s hoping they’re right, lest Trump’s slash-and-burn politics manifest literally.


https://theappeal.org/trumps-planned-trip-to-mount-rushmore-puts-lives-and-a-fragile-ecosystem-at-risk/

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Response to douglas9 (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 08:51 AM

1. Fire expert: Mount Rushmore fireworks show 'ill-advised' due to dry conditions and high fire risk

So Trump's ego could cause wildfires and spread C-19 too?




Abnormally dry conditions and a persistent risk of summer wildfires in the Black Hills of South Dakota make the fireworks display planned for July 3 at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial an unnecessary, potentially devastating and expensive event, according to one fire expert with intimate knowledge of the region.

Bill Gabbert, former fire management officer for Mount Rushmore and six other national parks in the region, said the controversial fireworks show that could attract 7,500 people, possibly including President Donald Trump, would be “ill advised” even when conditions are not as dry as they are now.

“Burning debris, the burning embers and unexploded shells fall into a ponderosa pine forest and ponderosa pine is extremely flammable,” said Gabbert. “Shooting fireworks over a ponderosa pine forest, or any flammable vegetation, is ill advised and should not be done. Period.”

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At least two other large Fourth of July fireworks displays in South Dakota have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2020/06/23/mount-rushmore-fireworks-display-ill-advised-fire-expert-says/3244196001/

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Response to douglas9 (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 09:05 AM

2. It's like this asshole and his gang actively seek out the

places they can do the most damage.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 09:27 AM

4. Aren't those Trump marching orders from Putin? (n/t)

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 09:36 AM

6. He is quite skilled in always finding a new pile of crap to step into.

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Response to douglas9 (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 09:26 AM

3. If Trump said


It was just stone as the reason why it would be okay to have a big fireworks display, then that follows as the usual Conman statement he makes to stupid people because they will go right along with it and say yeah it’s just Stone, so what’s the big deal and that would be the end of it. Of course as we all know the fact that the stone has nothing to do with the fireworks causing big danger to the Pinetrees and all the other dry inflammable stuff around the area. Typical Trump Con bullshit for morons.

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Response to douglas9 (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 09:36 AM

5. He'd better tell South Dakota to start raking the forest and cleaning forest floors

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Response to douglas9 (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 11:22 AM

7. What if the area around the cravings catch on fire and the Presidents gets singed ?

Wouldn’t that be a big laugh for Putin seeing the great presidents on fire? It would definitely be a symbolism of what MF45 is doing to our country right now!

This unintended consequence after all the warnings would really be something for the cult members to see!

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Response to douglas9 (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 08:08 PM

8. Actually could damage the stone if fires get hot enough.

Probably not a big risk but not zero either. Just say no to fireworks.

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Response to yellowcanine (Reply #8)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 02:46 AM

10. All of the caulk

they use to fill the cracks on the faces might catch

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Response to douglas9 (Original post)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 02:44 AM

9. They have had a lot evergreens dying out there

due to pine bark beetles. Fires have been a problem most summers.

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