Skip to comments.Why Trump is Right on California Wildfires
Posted on 11/12/2018 5:39:44 AM PST by SJackson
How green policies are burning the Golden State to a crisp.
As huge wildfires continued to devour forests, homes, and businesses across California over the weekend, President Trump lashed out at the destructive, deadly policies long pushed by environmentalists that set the stage for the Golden States now-routine fiery catastrophes.
There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor, President Trump tweeted Nov. 10 at 3:08 a.m. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!
On Nov. 11 at 4:40 a.m. he followed up with: With proper Forest Management, we can stop the devastation constantly going on in California. Get Smart!
In-between the two tweets, Trump used Twitter to urge people in the affected areas to evacuate quickly, praised the [m]ore than 4,000 who are fighting the Camp and Woolsey Fires in California, and to express sympathy for the fire victims.
Idiot celebrities and clueless politicians weighed in across the fruited plain, eager to attack Trump.
This is an absolutely heartless response, singer Katy Perry naively tweeted. There arent even politics involved. Just good American families losing their homes as you tweet, evacuating into shelters.
California Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom (D), a strong supporter of the no-growth economic policies that caused the deadly fires, tweeted:
Lives have been lost. Entire towns have been burned to the ground. Cars abandoned on the side of the road. People are being forced to flee their homes. This is not a time for partisanship. This is a time for coordinating relief and response and lifting those in need up.
Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) sided with Democrats Sunday, saying:
I don't think its appropriate to threaten funding. Thats not going to happen. Funding will be available. It always is available to our people wherever they are, whatever disaster they are facing. I do think, though, this year we came up with a strong bipartisan success in fixing the wildfire funding issue that had kind of paralyzed our ability to go out and fight fires and suppress fires and mitigate next years forest fires.
But as usual Trump is right at least in a big-picture way and his critics are wrong.
Years ago environmentalist lobbies ideologically opposed to economic growth put the screws to Californias once-thriving wood-harvesting industry. New federal and state regulations came into effect make it increasingly difficult for the industry to operate.
As a result, timber industry employment gradually collapsed, falling in 2017 to half of what it was 20 years earlier, with imports from Canada, China, and other nations filling domestic need, Chuck DeVore, Vice President of National Initiatives at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, writes at Forbes.
As timber harvesting permit fees rose and environmental regulations intensified, industry employees left the field and [t]he combustible fuel load in the forest predictably soared, according to DeVore. No longer were forest management professionals clearing brush and thinning trees.
. With all that kindling piling up on forest floors, todays devastating wildfires were not hard to foresee.
Back in 2005 experts were predicting larger, more devastating firesfires so hot that they sterilized the soil, making regrowth difficult and altering the landscape, DeVore writes. They saw the rise of fires that increasingly threatened lives and homes as they became hotter and more difficult to bring under control.
Federal lands have not been managed for decades, threatening adjacent private forests, while federal funds designated for forest maintenance have been "borrowed" for fire suppression expenses, DeVore writes. The policies frequently reduce the economic value of the forest to zero. And, with no intrinsic worth remaining, interest in maintaining the forest declined, and with it, resources to reduce the fuel load.
Two decades ago there used to be an orderly burning of wood waste including brush and smaller trees cleared by thinning efforts from timber operations, DeVore adds. That waste fed renewable biomass powered electric generating plants across the length of the state, but taxpayer-subsidized solar power coupled with Californias air-quality regulations and less wood waste to use forced biomass generators to shut down.
What used to be burned safely in power generators is now burned in catastrophic fires, he writes. Including the growing capture and use of landfill methane as a fuel, Californias biomass energy generation last year was 22% lower than it was 25 years before.
Outgoing California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) pigheadedly blames global warming for the fires but as Cato Institute meteorologist Ryan Maue noted on Twitter back on Aug. 5:
Blue check marks: please take a deep breath and read up on California's forest management issues that are decades in the making. Governor Brown blames climate change for wildfires and avoids any meaningful conversation on policy solutions.
Although in his tweets President Trump seem to be blaming California authorities for the fires, arms of the federal government which have long been under the influence of the same left-wing enviro-radicals who run California, are largely to blame.
In charge of 190 million acres of land, the U.S. Forest Service cant manage land to prevent fires or protect property after blazes begin, Robert (R.J.) Smith, a distinguished scholar at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, said previously.
Private owners cannot afford to let their forests die of disease, insect infestations or wildfire, Smith said. They are on the job 24 hours a day, unlike 9-5 government bureaucrats. If private owners fail they go bankrupt. If Forest Service managers fail, at worst they are transferred to another forest.
In total, the U.S. government owns about 640 million acres of land, predominantly in the drought-riddled western states, according to a Fox News summary. Some 85 percent of Nevada; 70 percent of Alaska and roughly half of Arizona, California and Utah are federal lands.
Smith laid some of the blame at the feet of radical environmentalists for preventing the Forest Service from managing woodlands by taking away the old or dead trees that are most likely to catch fire. The governments refusal to open roadways in forested areas also makes fighting fires unnecessarily difficult, according to critics.
Although some may have found President Trumps tweets about the poor quality of forest management in California jarring or ill-timed, that doesnt change the fact that the evidence is on his side.
Pig headed Brown leaves and Butt headed Newsom enters. Possibly the only thing that will change is the fires get more deadly and the fools virtue signal F*** Trump, climate change is real!
In the 60s we learned how to thin trees and clear flammable debris from our Boy Scout camp which was just a few miles from where Smokey was found. As mentioned, this method of managing Forrests was abonded 20-30 years ago in favor of letting Gaia heal the earth. Now they are paying the price. When one pretends they can ignore reality and live in a Unicorn fantasy land eventually there is a price to be paid. They are paying it. Unfortunately, the gummint will probably step in to prevent their suffering. Wanna bet tax dollars go to rebuilding celebritys mansions?
Telling just like it is.
Point is that the “firefighters” virtue posturing about the President’s tough talk probably include union officials whose primary incentive isn’t fire prevention but fire job fostering.
The counties have to take over the management of these forests.
Not the state, and not the federal government.
Been harping about this since 1906.
End of story.
Thanks for the quote. Succinct. And I didnt have it before.
DEMOCRATS pandering to the enviro-whackos in the state ALL FOR CAMPAIGN BUCKS. Been going on for a LONG time.
Big money in that business. And it kills.
Trump needs to double down on this, filling in the details about the causes of the problem and its cure.
Fed money to states abused
Like puerto rico disaster relief from feds going into pockets of the elite rat government
Liberals have been killing people with their insane policies for many years now.
I have a cottontail bunny living under my hay stack that is smarter than Katy Perry.
these outraged people responding to the president are the ones making it political or partisan. Trump is only speaking facts and truth - their minds are so warped as to go right to drawing the conclusions they do from the facts/truth Trump spoke.
This is the core problem with modern America. Critical hard analysis of a situation is superseded by the politically correct, emotional narrative. Pseudo environmental programs that do not allow scientifically valid forest management do indeed result in catastrophic wildfires with the loss of human life and property. However the narrative calls for a “ natural habitat” and “destructive” humans either adapt, constrict their numbers or suffer nature’s wrath. That is the way liberals think and the American public no longer has the education or knowledge to understand the consequences when they give them or allow them to seize power.
The USFS never managed the forests.
It was the timber companies that built the roads and bridges and burned the slash piles and brush.
And built the fire breaks otherwise known as clear cuts.
And they’d pay us to do that hard work.
President Trump is pragmatic, so he talks about solving problems in a realistic way.
Leftists do not want solutions. They have a victim mentality, they crave attention, and they want expressions of sympathy.
Yet, whenever they do get expressions of sympathy, they scream “we don’t want your thoughts and prayers!”
He’s right, but if the CA libs want fires every year than so be it.
Bump for later
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