Liar, Liar, State on Fire!

Jerry Brown, former governor of California, testified in Congress that:

“California’s burning while the deniers [of Climate Change] make a joke out of the standards that protect us all. The blood is on your soul here and I hope you wake up. Because this is not politics, this is life, this is morality. … This is real.”

The fires are real enough, but Jerry Brown’s explanation of the root cause is the stuff of serious mental delusion, perhaps even mental illness.

President Trump correctly identified one of the major underlying causes on Twitter:

“There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor”

The Little Hoover Commission, an independent state oversight agency, in a 2018 report wrote:

“A century of mismanaging Sierra Nevada forests has brought an unprecedented environmental catastrophe that impacts all Californians …”

“The immediate crisis is visible to anyone who recently has traveled in the Sierra Nevada, especially in its southern range where entire mountainsides are brown with dying and dead forests. A plague of bark beetles following years of drought has killed 129 million trees and counting. …”

“Many of the biomass facilities that might have burned millions of dead trees for energy generation have closed or are closing. A century of fire suppression remains firmly entrenched within federal and state firefighting agencies and has left forest floors deep in flammable groundcover. Plans for prescribed burning to rid the forests of dense groundcover often clash with regional air quality regulations, even as emissions from catastrophic wildfires nullify hard-fought carbon reduction accomplishments. Finally, familiar old divisions between the timber industry and environmentalists hinder policy goals to thin overgrown forests to their original conditions.”

Fire on the Mountain: Rethinking Forest Management in the Sierra Nevada

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