There are real examples of fire incidents on the West Coast, our changing climate changing our communities. The defense of our planet is on the ballot. Like your life, the vote depends on it – because it does, ”Obama tweeted, with smoke-changing photos of the San Francisco skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Fires across the West Coast are very real examples of our changing climate changing our communities. The defense of our planet is on the ballot. Like your life the vote depends on it – because it does. pic.twitter.com/gKGegXWxQu
– Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 10, 2020
Even though burning fossil fuels is exacerbating man-made climate change, fires are not a new phenomenon in California. Conflicts of recent years are not evidence of climate change, but a consequence of poor forest management.
A gender-revealing party or any other event finds it easy to blame the spark that erupts in the wildfire, but even when the excited new parents are not installing pyrotechnic equipment, the dry and mismanaged forest is still a bit C can also go up in flames – lightning strikes lead to many forest fires.
I grew up in the foothills of dry Colorado, where the grass is not green but brown. My father, a volunteer wildland firefighter, sent my brother and me to rake dry leaves, cedar trees, and other materials we called “duff” – when exposed to the smallest spark from the forest floor. My father – and later my brother and I – set out with a chainsaw to trim low-hanging pine branches and a weed to care for the tall grasses.
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For my Eagle Scout project, I led a team of men and boys to clean the forest floor and trim low-hanging branches near a large propane tank – in order to burn the surrounding houses in the mountains. To prevent potential wildfires from spreading.
Cleaning the forest floor is a thankless task, and it is far more efficient to start a small, controlled fire and let nature do the work for you.
As Scott Johnson of Ars Technica reported last January, “determined waters use low-intensity fires during favorable weather, which use favorable fuels to safely expel accumulated groundwater.” – which currently results from our previous practice of ejecting wildlife. As invasive as possible. It is often combined with mechanical thinning of brushes and trees to climb into the treetops with subsequent burning brush piles. Serve as a ‘ladder’ for fire. ”
A research team led by Rebecca Miller of Stanford claimed that about 20 percent of California – 20 million acres – could benefit from controlled waters.
California governors Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom have prevented this common-sense approach.
Joel Kotkin, an executive director of the Urban Reform Institute, accused RealClearEnergy, Brown and Newsom of “massively destroying ‘global warming’. But also that summer temperatures have risen, thinking that it will be able to protect forests and brush.” Will promote better management of the soil – after all it is science! But green allies have stood up against the long-dead tree felling and aggressive clearing of brush. ”Brown attempted to manage forests in 2016.
While the State Legislative Analyst’s Office claimed that climate change contributed to the fire, it concluded that the accumulation of fuel, along with developments in some outlying areas, inhibited the increase in fires. The 2018 Little Hoover Commission report called for more aggressive management in the Sierra, an area that has been ravaged by fire.
Rebecca Miller of Stanford led a team in researching the reasons why California does not use controlled water to reduce wildfires. While individuals, state employees, or federal employees are authorized to set a controlled burn, individuals must obtain a permit from CAL FIRE and their local air board, and assume legal liability for any mistake, or CAL Must contract with FIRE.
According to Ars Technica, while plans to burn have doubled each year since 2013, nearly half of that area has actually been burned. The US Forest Service has repeatedly fallen short of its annual plan. The backlog totals 20 million acres.
Miller’s team found three types of barriers to controlled burns: risk, resources, and regulations. Private landowners fear the liability that comes with controlled burns. CAL FIRE has only so many resources and it prioritizes wildfire response to manage controlled waters.
Finally, various regulations restricted the ability to properly manage California forests. The Air Board should approve the controlled barn, and many stakeholders said the working definition of “acceptable weather conditions” is too strict. California also counts carbon emissions from controlled waters as human-caused, while naturally classifying emissions from wildlife.
Even controlled barns supported by state or federal grants have to undergo additional environmental reviews, which may block previous projects from their windows of opportunity. Extremely stringent environmental regulations are inhibiting California’s ability to manage its forests properly.
Kotkin said the 2019 wildfire costs $ 2 billion in California’s economy, and that number could increase this year. The fire also holds back California’s green ambitions. “These fires are not great for the environment or for reaching the state’s super-ambitious greenhouse gas targets: According to the US Geological Service, the 2018 fire emits nearly as much greenhouse gas as a full year of electricity generation.”
For the climate-focused Democratic hammer, every disaster is a nail, calling for more regulation. Yet the climate rules Contribution California’s inability to combat wildfires with controlled burns.
Barack Obama has misquoted it. Wildfires are not a call for more climate regulation – they are evidence that California needs to loosen things up and control the forest’s ability to burn. If voting in the 2020 election is needed to mitigate this tragedy, it is a matter for Donald Trump, not Joe Biden.
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Tyler O’Neill is the author of Making Hate: Corruption of Southern Poverty Law Center. Follow her on twitter @ Tyler2ONeil.
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