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Bad Environmental Policies Have Turned California Into An Inferno

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Bad Environmental Policies Have Turned California Into An Inferno

Bad Environmental Policies Have Turned California Into An Inferno
November 05
16:19 2019

The shocking visuals coming into our homes of wildfires raging all across the Golden State are heartbreaking. Entire communities being engulfed in a rolling sea of flames, blanketed in smog, soot, and haze, reminds views of some apocalyptic film destroying humankind.

Moreover, if we didn’t know better, we would think this calamity we are witnessing in “real-time” on our TV screens is the result of something unexpected. Perhaps some alien invasion, or maybe an asteroid hitting the west coast.

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However, this apocalyptic destruction has been years in the making, decades ago California had been forewarned of the impending disaster awaiting them. As late as 2016, Los Angeles Times reporter Matt Stevens wrote an exposé warning of the impending dangers of uncontrolled wildfires titled “102 million dead California trees ‘unprecedented in our modern history.”

At the time U.S. Forest Service leader Randy Moore was in charge of the entire western region of the United States, including California warned former Governor Jerry Brown and other Democratic leaders, including California’s Nancy Pelosi and Dianne Feinstein, of the potential catastrophic dangers awaiting Californians, if the issue of forest management wasn’t addressed immediately stating “The scale of die-off in California is unprecedented in our modern history.” The “die-off” he was referencing were trees, timber, wood, if not cleared away within a dense forest, can ignite within a matter of seconds into an inferno.

Adding, “Trees are dying “at a rate much quicker than we thought.”

Thus 102 million dead trees not removed from forest floors, combined with decades of growing dried out underbrush not removed, along with a dismal record of forest management, has set up a perfect storm, for what we’re witnessing in California.

However environment mismanagement began long before Governor Brown was in office, back to the early ’90s when a series of environmental restrictions were placed on logging, because of a little known critter called the Spotted Owl, which became emblematic of the leftist environmental movement, under the guise of an endangered spices, the Spotted Owl took prominence over the logging industry. Suddenly trees were no longer considered a crop to be harvested, but rather a sanctuary for this tiny creature.

Ironically as California’s timber harvest plummeted, due to severe government restrictions, so did the Spotted Owl, it appeared that mother nature was considerably more complicated then environmentalists thought.

Moreover, the near destruction of harvesting trees fell below the growth rate in the ’90s, to about 1.5 billion board feet per year over the past decade. The tree harvest on federal lands is now one-tenth of what it was in 1988, the last full year President Reagan was in office.

Perhaps an easier way to describe the powder keg California is currently sitting on regarding wildfires is understanding its fuel source, in that trees grow until they die, burn or are harvested. If harvesting declines, tree mortality and fires increase. It’s the tyranny of math.

Currently, over 2 million Californians are without power after the state’s largest utility, Pacific Gas and Electric decided to cut power as a precaution against live wires coming down in the 80mph Santa Ana winds causing sparks that intern can create additional wildfires.

Even more disconcerting regarding reducing the fuel load of millions of dead trees, is Governor Newsom’s cavalier attitude towards a meaningful program of responsible forest management. In an interview about 4-months ago, when asked about the millions of trees left as a fuel source for future wildfires, the governor responded that there are “Hundreds of millions of dead trees” in the state and that it cost his father $35,000 to clear “a small little patch of dead trees” on his property.

Newsom didn’t admit it, but the outrageous cost to remove a few dead trees from private land is a consequence of California’s Byzantine environmental regulatory patchwork.

This is California’s big secret: it’s not climate change that’s burning up the forests, killing people, and destroying hundreds of homes; it’s decades of environmental mismanagement that has created a tinderbox of un-harvested timber, dead trees, and thick underbrush.

 

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  1. thinkr2
    thinkr2 November 06, 20:54

    And of course, it turned out that the ‘Spotted Owl’ isn’t a species by itself, but a strain. And it was being pushed out by an owl cousin, not logging.

    And “Old Growth” was redefined to be anything over 70 years. Many of the “Old Growth” had actually been cut several times since the Russians started logging in the Northwest and California a couple of centuries ago. There was a reason a local river was called The Russian River.

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