Wildfire Myths and Distortions: 8 Disturbing Things You Need to Know About the Politicization of a Tragedy

Craig Huey California, Current Events 3 Comments

The nation is saddened whenever we hear about loss of life and people’s homes and businesses during devastating wildfires.

California, for example, has become a nightmare.

Many churches as well as businesses and historic structures have been destroyed in the recent massive fires.

President Trump sent his condolences, but at the same time attacked the forest mismanagement that has been an ongoing issue in California. This prompted California Governor Jerry Brown, the state firefighter’s association and other progressives to sharply criticize the president … and accuse him of turning a “people event” into a political incident.

But Gov. Jerry Brown is blaming the wildfires on climate change … and is using the tragedies to campaign for legislation that won’t address immediate problems.

Here are 8 disturbing things you need to know about the politicization of wildfires:

  1. Governor Brown is using the wildfires to push his political ideology regarding climate change.

For the past 8 years, he has been blaming droughts, wildfires and extreme weather on climate change…

He calls those who are skeptical about climate change being man-made “freeloaders” and “deniers.” He mocks residents who maintain “little green lawns.”

In a recent press conference, he stated, “Managing all the forests everywhere we can does not stop climate change, and those who deny that definitely are contributing to the tragedies that we are witnessing and will continue to witness.”

He also said, “This is not the new normal. This is the new abnormal, and this new abnormal will continue certainly in the next 10 to 15 years. We have a real challenge threatening our whole way of life.”

And he thinks the solution is for everyone to get on board to stop climate change.

Absent from the media coverage of Brown’s remarks is the charge of “fear mongering” which we hear so often attributed to the president…

  1. Positive actions that could reduce the severity of wildfires are being rejected by government and union leaders.

One proposal that was made 15 years ago – after a wildfire destroyed 330 homes in San Diego – is to establish a large supplemental fire brigade – consisting of trained volunteers – to help protect neighborhoods from destruction caused by erupting ember fires.

Several European cities have such supplemental volunteer fire brigades…

But firefighter union leaders don’t want the help of volunteer citizens…

Instead, they want the government to hire more union firefighters at a cost of $150,000 or more annually.

And the more homes that burn down, the greater chance they have of reaching their goal.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West don’t want their $60 million mansion – which is in the path of one of the southern California fires – to be another union talking point…

They’ve hired private firefighters to protect their home … and the other homes in their Hidden Hills neighborhood.

Unfortunately, several Hollywood celebrities have lost their Malibu homes. Among them:

  • Miley Cyrus
  • Robin Thicke
  • Gerard Butler
  • Neil Young
  • The mansion used in The Bachelor.

In another act of sheer political demagoguery, Governor Brown vetoed a bipartisan wildfire management bill in 2016 – even though it passed unanimously in both the state assembly and the state senate.

Why?

Because it would have given local governments more say in fire prevention efforts – meaning less state control over firefighting policy.

  1. There is no logical or scientific evidence that “climate change” – the new term for global warming – causes or exacerbates wildfires.

If you stop and think about, the assertion is absurd…

For one thing, warmer weather can’t produce the spark or flame that’s necessary to start a fire.

Second, periodic droughts accompanied by hot, dry summer weather have occurred in the southwestern U.S. for decades without any increase in the number or severity of wildfires.

Until this past August, the summer of 1976 was the hottest summer in the U.S. since records have been kept. The average temperature in July 1976 was higher than the average temperature in July of this year.

The actual physical causes of the 3 currently active wildfires in California have not yet been determined. Arson is the suspected cause of at least one of them.

Third, if wildfires were being caused by global “climate change,” we should expect the burned acreage worldwide to be increasing each year.

But just the opposite is true…

The journal Science reported in September 2017 that the annual global burned area had dropped by about 25% over the previous 18 years.

And a study in the International Journal of Wildland Fire – published in May 2016 – reported that even in California, the number of wildfires per year burning more than 300 acres has been decreasing since the peak year of 1980.

Regarding the increasing numbers of large wildfires, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke had this to say: “I’ve heard the climate change argument back and forth. This has nothing to do with climate change. This has to do with active forest management.”

It’s also worth noting that if climate change were to blame for wildfires, private lands would be impacted to the same extent as public lands.

But private forests aren’t burning down…

Why?

Because they are properly managed by the landowners.

  1. Wildfires spread more rapidly and burn larger areas because of poor forest management.

First, let’s acknowledge two realities the critics accused President Trump of ignoring:

  • Not all wildfires begin in forests or spread to forests.
  • High winds, drought conditions and dry humidity will exacerbate the speed at which an out-of-control wildfire will spread.

This being said, it’s a fact that forests under state and national ownership are catastrophically overgrown … often having 4 times the number of trees per acre the land can support.

For example, in the Stanislaus National Forest – the location of a massive wildfire this year– the tree density was about 300 trees per acre according to the fire officials battling that blaze.

A healthy tree density in the Sierra Nevada mountain range is 80 to 100 trees per acre.

Also, nearly 130 million dead trees in California’s forests are like matchsticks and kindling when a wildfire is ignited…

The property where I have a home in the San Bernardino mountains – and my neighbor’s property – isn’t overgrown because it’s our private property. But behind my back yard – and next to my side yard – is a thick, dangerous tinder box of overgrown trees…

There is no maintenance and no management of the surrounding forest.

Why?

Because there is no private ownership of the land or the trees in the San Bernardino National Forest.

  1. Bureaucratic mismanagement and environmental regulations – not climate change – exacerbate the spread of wildfires.

For decades, traditional forest management was scientific and successful across the U.S.

Forests were thinned when they became too difficult to walk through…

The U.S. Forest Service used to auction off surplus timber harvested from national forests at a profit – benefitting taxpayers and providing proper forest management.

But about 40 years ago, Deep State environmentalists – ideological zealots – worked themselves into leadership positions within the federal government and key state governments.

And – in 2012 – the Obama administration rewrote the nation’s forest rules and guidelines … adding so many regulations and layers of bureaucracy … all forest management ground to a halt.

The current leaders of the government agencies responsible for forest management are ideologically driven to:

  1. Not manage the national forests, allowing them to grow to dangerous, unhealthy and out-of-control levels, and
  2. To blame “climate change,” not themselves, for the consequences: fires that rage out of control instead of being restrained by fire breaks and by forest-thinning and other well-known fire suppression strategies.

Specifically, … through the abuse of the Endangered Species Act … and the environmentalist-inspired “no-use movement” – also known as the “rewilding” theory – logging has been severely restricted or prohibited altogether … and dead trees – as well as overgrown areas of trees – are not being removed.

  1. Federal and state bureaucrats have the power and the resources to save the forests … save property and lives … and stop wildfires from spreading.

The U.S. Forest Service could easily – using current budget allocations – begin systematically thinning overgrown national forests at no additional costs to taxpayers.

They could auction off the timber produced – as they used to do in the past – creating income for the government.

They could reopen public meadowlands to grazing by cattle, horses and other animals.

These forest management efforts must happen now.

The Deep State bureaucrats and “climate change” politicians must be stopped … or else the insanity will continue.

  1. Other steps can be taken to prevent wildfires from starting … and to keep them from spreading when they do start.

Only a small percentage of wildfires are started by lightning or other acts of nature.

In California, almost 95% of wildfires are started by people or equipment … and about 7% of those are caused by arson.

When developers build homes and neighborhoods in undeveloped areas near dry brush and dense forests, they exacerbate the danger of wildfires and the damage they cause.

Developers and homeowners in fire prone areas should take sensible fire suppression measures:

  • Build fire breaks around neighborhoods.
  • Appeal to the state or U.S. Forest Service to thin nearby forests and remove dead trees.
  • Homeowners should thin or trim trees on their property and remove brush.
  • Homeowners should exercise extreme caution whenever using any power tool that could produce a spark when striking a rock or a metal object.

I worry about the overgrown forest ready to explode behind my mountain home…

It keeps getting worse…

The government ignores the situation – even embraces it.

  1. Government bureaucrats refuse to take any responsibility for exacerbating the spread of wildfires and the destruction they cause.

Hundreds of thousands of people have had to evacuate their homes and flee their businesses due to the rapid spread of out-of-control wildfires.

Many have seen their homes and businesses destroyed by the massive wildfires…

Many have seen their investments of time, money and hard work go up in smoke.

The fear and misery resulting from these fires are thanks to bureaucrats and politicians … who desperately seek to divert attention away from their direct and indirect responsibility for the devastation and destruction caused by the fires.

They will never admit to any wrongdoing … to any neglect of forest management … or to any culpability with respect to the wildfires.

Because the forests are “public land,” not private, there’s no government incentive for caring about managing it … so it keeps growing.

Sadly, this is happening across the U.S.

Only a Deep State sweep – voting out the radical environmental ideologs – will stop these massive wildfires.

Immediate Action to Take:

You’d be shocked to know how these ideologs get into power and take over government agencies… and what their plans are for you – and other hard-working, freedom-loving Americans…

Their agenda and their takeover strategies are all documented in my new book, The Deep State: 15 Surprising Dangers You Should Know.

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Comments 3

  1. So the insanity continues! We spent last Wednesday fighting a fire that started on our neighbor’s property. It took 3 fire districts of volunteers, all the neighbors, 2 CalFire tankers and 16 members of a state convict crew from the nearby “Con Camp” to keep it to 2 acres in the midst of our forest and meadow valley here on the Lost Coast. The next day the horrific Camp Fire in Butte County began and hundreds of friends and relatives of us all lost everything. What the politicians and unions are not-doing is pure evil. We must find a way to return to sane forest management. Only the unions and building contractors benefit from all the destruction.

  2. How many years has the state of CA received federal emergency funds? Great way to laundry money into corrupt officials’ wallets instead of truly fixing the problems, such as a certain dam in LA.

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