Climate Change Is Not To Blame For California Fires [VIDEO]

Climate Change Is Not To Blame For California Fires [VIDEO]

Climate Change Is Not To Blame For California Fires [VIDEO]

The Woolsey and Camp fires in California have thus far destroyed over 8,000 homes, burned 216,000 acres and counting, and 42 people have lost their lives. Neither fire is anywhere near containment at this time. Yet that hasn’t stopped those who should know better from blaming these fires on Climate Change.

Oh, ok. So this is the new “abnormal” because climate change? Given California’s long history of droughts and the well-documented Santa Ana winds that whip through the state every single year at this time, pointing the finger at climate change is a disservice to everyone who is now homeless or to the families of those who’ve lost their lives.

As of early this morning, these are the stats for the two major fires:

Camp Fire

  • Location: Butte County
  • 117,000 acres burned
  • 30 percent contained
  • 42 fatalities confirmed, 3 firefighters injured
  • 228 people unaccounted for
  • 7,177 structures destroy, most of them residences
  • 139 reports of “suspicious incidents,” including 16 considered looting, but no arrests

Woolsey Fire

  • Location: Los Angeles County, Ventura County
  • 93,662 acres burned
  • 30 percent contained
  • 2 fatalities confirmed, 3 firefighters injured
  • Some 370 structures destroyed, 57,000 in danger

And those numbers will get worse before firefighters from across seven states can get a handle on the situation.

Is climate change really to blame here? I say no, it most certainly is not. Decades of mismanagement and whacked out environmentalism has contributed to what we see here.

  • Don’t clear the dead trees and dried out underbrush near your property; you’ll ruin nature!
  • Cut down trees to build homes and offices?? NO! We must save the Spotted Owl!
  • Don’t mess with nature, otherwise the planet will get warmer and we’ll die!
  • Controlled burns to keep the forests from being a tinder box? You’ll pollute the environment!
  • “Don’t cut down the trees near the power lines!” scream the idiot environmentalists.

And as one, they all scream at the sky and blame climate change for the hell that California is going through right now.

The problem is: climate change is not the culprit.

The Pacific Gas & Electric utility company told a Northern California woman that power lines were causing sparks on her property the day before the deadliest blaze in the Golden State’s history destroyed the nearby town of Paradise, The Associated Press reported Monday.

The so-called Camp Fire started Thursday near property belonging to Betsy Ann Cowley in the tiny town of Pulga, just east of Paradise. At least 42 people have died as a result of the wildfire and dozens more have been reported missing.

Wait, what? The POWER company knew about this and did nothing?? But everyone is so certain that global warming and climate change did this! Except

U.S. Geological Survey research scientist Jon Keeley has studied the origin of western fires since 1910. He says that 95% of all fires originate with humans. “This is a people problem,” Keeley told The Mercury News. “What’s changing is not the fires themselves but the fact that we have more and more people at risk.

Exactly. Meanwhile, this article from Legal Insurrection is an excellent read on key ideas to help mitigate out-of-control fires like this. It’s worth a read. And about that human component to fires starting: let’s look again at Pacific Gas & Electric, shall we?

PG&E has previously disclosed that it experienced a problem on an electrical transmission line near the site of the fire minutes before the blaze broke out. In a Friday filing to California’s Public Utilities Commission, it said it had detected an outage on an electrical transmission line near the site of the blaze. It said a subsequent aerial inspection detected damage to a transmission tower on the line.

The AP reported that the area where fire officials said the Camp Fire started and where PG&E says sparks were detected on Cowley’s property is roughly the same.

Oh. So, did the power company shut down the lines?

Folks, that is their PINNED TWEET! And there’s been nothing since. Going radio silent during such a massive fire is NOT a good look for PG&E and their investors aren’t happy campers. 

Photo Credit: Stephen Lam/Reuters

People have lost homes, lives, and their livelihoods in the last few days. Our hearts go out to all affected, and we pray the firefighters can get these fires contained soon.

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  • SFC D says:

    Climate is not, never has been, and never will be a constant. It’s always changing. It varies for uncountable reasons. And droughts happen, just as too much rain happens. And just because Trump said it in what could honestly be called an insensitive manner, it doesn’t change the fact that he’s absolutely right about poor forest and rangeland management. California built itself the perfect tinderbox. And they’ll do it again.

    • GWB says:

      I’m going to disagree a bit. “Climate” properly understood is exactly what gives California droughts and those Santa Anna winds. That IS the California climate. And it makes fire a larger threat than some other places. (In the 70s we joked about the three seasons in California: earthquake, fire, and mudslide.)

      Global Warming? Pffft.

      (*Weather* is what changes constantly. Climate changes slowly over time, if at all.)

      • SFC D says:

        Excellent point, GWB, I stand corrected! My parents escaped southern California in 1972 and never looked back. I remember Santa Anna Winds and watching Big Bear burn every summer.

  • MikeyParks says:

    If the Dems can get away with blaming these fires on “climate change,” then they can turn around and pinpoint the ultimate blame on Trump. That’s what this “climate change” horse hockey is really all about.

  • David Byler says:

    Nina, you hit the nail on the head when you said “Decades of mismanagement and whacked out environmentalism has contributed to what we see here.” My first career – about 25 years worth of career – was involved with forest management in East Texas. Before that, I grew up in coastal Texas counties which were 40 – 50% forested. We used prescriptive burning during the wet season to rid the forest floor of kindling for fires. Of what we cut, what did not go to the plywood or sawmills went to the paper mills so very little was left on the forest floor to begin with. We planted more fiber each year than we cut in such a way that a certain percentage of the forest was always “young” growth. There were several environmental benefits from our regimen: a. our forests were teeming with wildlife of all sorts (and psst – young forests release more oxygen than does “old” growth); b. there were not much in the way of wildfires that threatened homes, human life, wildlife, or other forests; c. jobs. we proceeded in such a way that the company’s bottom line was never threatened by fire and we all had jobs – good jobs. Good management in the forest demands that we take all that into account.

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