Wildfire Myths and Distortions: 8 Disturbing Things You Need to Know About the Politicization of a Tragedy

Craig HueyCurrent Events, Deep State, Donald Trump11 Comments

The nation is saddened as we hear about loss of life and people’s homes during devastating wildfires.

California, for example, has become a nightmare.

Many churches as well as businesses and historic structures have been destroyed.

President Trump sent his condolences, but at the same time attacked the fact that forest mismanagement has been going on in California. This prompted Jerry Brown and the progressives to use the opportunity to promote global warming.

Gov. Jerry Brown is using the wildfires to campaign for climate change legislation that won’t address the problem.

Here are 8 disturbing things you need to know about the politicization of wildfires:

  1. Governor Brown is using the wildfires to push his political ideology about climate change.

For the past 8 years, he has been blaming droughts, wildfires and extreme weather on climate change…

He calls those who are skeptical about climate change being man-made “freeloaders” and “deniers.” He mocks residents who maintain “little green lawns.”

In a recent press conference, he stated, “Managing all the forests everywhere we can does not stop climate change, and those who deny that definitely are contributing to the tragedies that we are witnessing and will continue to witness.”

He also said, “This is not the new normal. This is the new abnormal, and this new abnormal will continue certainly in the next 10 to 15 years. We have a real challenge threatening our whole way of life.”

And he thinks the solution is for everyone to get on board to stop climate change.

Absent from the media coverage of Brown’s remarks is the charge of “fear mongering” which we hear so often attributed to the president…

  1. Positive actions that could reduce the severity of wildfires are being rejected by government and union leaders.

One proposal that was made 15 years ago – after a wildfire destroyed 330 homes in San Diego – is to establish a large supplemental fire brigade – consisting of trained volunteers – to help protect neighborhoods from destruction caused by erupting ember fires.

Several European cities have such supplemental volunteer fire brigades…

But firefighter union leaders don’t want the help of volunteer citizens…

Instead, they want the government to hire more union firefighters at a cost of $150,000 or more annually.

And the more homes that burn down, the greater chance they have of reaching their goal.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West don’t want their $60 million mansion – which is in the path of one of the southern California fires – to be another union talking point…

They’ve hired private firefighters to protect their home … and the other homes in their Hidden Hills neighborhood.

Unfortunately, several Hollywood celebrities have lost their Malibu homes. Among them:

  • Miley Cyrus
  • Robin Thicke
  • Gerard Butler
  • Neil Young
  • The mansion used in The Bachelor.

In another act of sheer political demagoguery, Governor Brown vetoed a bipartisan wildfire management bill in 2016 – even though it passed unanimously in both the state assembly and the state senate.

Why?

Because it would have given local governments more say in fire prevention efforts – meaning less state control over firefighting policy.

  1. There is no logical or scientific evidence that “climate change” – the new term for global warming – causes or exacerbates wildfires.

If you stop and think about, the assertion is absurd…

For one thing, warmer weather can’t produce the spark or flame that’s necessary to start a fire.

Second, periodic droughts accompanied by hot, dry summer weather have occurred in the southwestern U.S. for decades without any increase in the number or severity of wildfires.

Until this past August, the summer of 1976 was the hottest summer in the U.S. since records have been kept. The average temperature in July 1976 was higher than the average temperature in July of this year.

The actual physical causes of the 3 currently active wildfires in California have not yet been determined. Arson is the suspected cause of at least one of them.

Third, if wildfires were being caused by global “climate change,” we should expect the burned acreage worldwide to be increasing each year.

But just the opposite is true…

The journal Science reported in September 2017 that the annual global burned area had dropped by about 25% over the previous 18 years.

And a study in the International Journal of Wildland Fire – published in May 2016 – reported that even in California, the number of wildfires per year burning more than 300 acres has been decreasing since the peak year of 1980.

Regarding the increasing numbers of large wildfires, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke had this to say: “I’ve heard the climate change argument back and forth. This has nothing to do with climate change. This has to do with active forest management.”

It’s also worth noting that if climate change were to blame for wildfires, private lands would be impacted to the same extent as public lands.

But private forests aren’t burning down…

Why?

Because they are properly managed by the landowners.

  1. Wildfires spread more rapidly and burn larger areas because of poor forest management.

First, let’s acknowledge two realities the critics accused President Trump of ignoring:

  • Not all wildfires begin in forests or spread to forests.
  • High winds, drought conditions and dry humidity will exacerbate the speed at which an out-of-control wildfire will spread.

This being said, it’s a fact that forests under state and national ownership are catastrophically overgrown … often having 4 times the number of trees per acre the land can support.

For example, in the Stanislaus National Forest – the location of a massive wildfire this year– the tree density was about 300 trees per acre according to the fire officials battling that blaze.

A healthy tree density in the Sierra Nevada mountain range is 80 to 100 trees per acre.

Also, nearly 130 million dead trees in California’s forests are like matchsticks and kindling when a wildfire is ignited…

The property where I have a home in the San Bernardino mountains – and my neighbor’s property – isn’t overgrown because it’s our private property. But behind my back yard – and next to my side yard – is a thick, dangerous tinder box of overgrown trees…

There is no maintenance and no management of the surrounding forest.

Why?

Because there is no private ownership of the land or the trees in the San Bernardino National Forest.

  1. Bureaucratic mismanagement and environmental regulations – not climate change – exacerbate the spread of wildfires.

For decades, traditional forest management was scientific and successful across the U.S.

Forests were thinned when they became too difficult to walk through…

The U.S. Forest Service used to auction off surplus timber harvested from national forests at a profit – benefitting taxpayers and providing proper forest management.

But about 40 years ago, Deep State environmentalists – ideological zealots – worked themselves into leadership positions within the federal government and key state governments.

And – in 2012 – the Obama administration rewrote the nation’s forest rules and guidelines … adding so many regulations and layers of bureaucracy … all forest management ground to a halt.

The current leaders of the government agencies responsible for forest management are ideologically driven to:

  1. Not manage the national forests, allowing them to grow to dangerous, unhealthy and out-of-control levels, and
  2. To blame “climate change,” not themselves, for the consequences: fires that rage out of control instead of being restrained by fire breaks and by forest-thinning and other well-known fire suppression strategies.

Specifically, … through the abuse of the Endangered Species Act … and the environmentalist-inspired “no-use movement” – also known as the “rewilding” theory – logging has been severely restricted or prohibited altogether … and dead trees – as well as overgrown areas of trees – are not being removed.

  1. Federal and state bureaucrats have the power and the resources to save the forests … save property and lives … and stop wildfires from spreading.

The U.S. Forest Service could easily – using current budget allocations – begin systematically thinning overgrown national forests at no additional costs to taxpayers.

They could auction off the timber produced – as they used to do in the past – creating income for the government.

They could reopen public meadowlands to grazing by cattle, horses and other animals.

These forest management efforts must happen now.

The Deep State bureaucrats and “climate change” politicians must be stopped … or else the insanity will continue.

  1. Other steps can be taken to prevent wildfires from starting … and to keep them from spreading when they do start.

Only a small percentage of wildfires are started by lightning or other acts of nature.

In California, almost 95% of wildfires are started by people or equipment … and about 7% of those are caused by arson.

When developers build homes and neighborhoods in undeveloped areas near dry brush and dense forests, they exacerbate the danger of wildfires and the damage they cause.

Developers and homeowners in fire prone areas should take sensible fire suppression measures:

  • Build fire breaks around neighborhoods.
  • Appeal to the state or U.S. Forest Service to thin nearby forests and remove dead trees.
  • Homeowners should thin or trim trees on their property and remove brush.
  • Homeowners should exercise extreme caution whenever using any power tool that could produce a spark when striking a rock or a metal object.

I worry about the overgrown forest ready to explode behind my mountain home…

It keeps getting worse…

The government ignores the situation – even embraces it.

  1. Government bureaucrats refuse to take any responsibility for exacerbating the spread of wildfires and the destruction they cause.

Hundreds of thousands of people have had to evacuate their homes and flee their businesses due to the rapid spread of out-of-control wildfires.

Many have seen their homes and businesses destroyed by the massive wildfires…

Many have seen their investments of time, money and hard work go up in smoke.

The fear and misery resulting from these fires are thanks to bureaucrats and politicians … who desperately seek to divert attention away from their direct and indirect responsibility for the devastation and destruction caused by the fires.

They will never admit to any wrongdoing … to any neglect of forest management … or to any culpability with respect to the wildfires.

Because the forests are “public land,” not private, there’s no government incentive for caring about managing it … so it keeps growing.

Sadly, this is happening across the U.S.

Only a Deep State sweep – voting out the radical environmental ideologs – will stop these massive wildfires.

Immediate Action to Take:

You’d be shocked to know how these ideologs get into power and take over government agencies… and what their plans are for you – and other hard-working, freedom-loving Americans…

Their agenda and their takeover strategies are all documented in my new book, The Deep State: 15 Surprising Dangers You Should Know.

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11 Comments on “Wildfire Myths and Distortions: 8 Disturbing Things You Need to Know About the Politicization of a Tragedy”

  1. Thank you Craig, for clearly and extensively stating what I already know about California’s mismanagement. And thank your, President Trump, for calling it like it is despite the automatic and hostile opposition.
    I’ve moved out of California, what once was a beautiful state and a wonderful place to live because I could no longer afford the cost of living or tolerate the smothering leftist political environment.
    What can be done? Very little to push back the deep state, short of prayer. Much prayer. I believe the fires and other acts of God in California are just that: acts of God and His judgement on a profane majority run by godless leaders. I am so sorry for you and my friends and family who live in a state I once loved. God bless.

  2. Thanks for spending the time to research on the fire problems in California and for making constructive suggestions. How do you make them listen?

  3. I can see how this so-called “Global Warming” will be used as an excuse during the Tribulation, when God destroys part of the earth through fire, because Man will be able to continue denying God’s power and existence by just blaming it on the Global Warming. It’s so incredible to watch all the prophecies of Revelation fall into place, and how the God-denying Liberals have become Satan’s pawns. We cannot lean on any one person for Salvation… Jesus, and Jesus only, will be our Salvation!

  4. Thank you Craig! You are right on target with your explanations and information. Makes sense and I don’t see how intelligent people can be so manipulated into thinking otherwise.

  5. Thank you for educating so many people to the REAL facts behind what is happening to our great state, being ruined by the brainless people in charge of governing it. The last time we prospered was when Ronald Reagan was our governor. Gavin Newsom will just continue to destroy our state over the next four years–SAD! Time to pack!!!!

  6. Thank you Craig for this insightful information regarding the wildfires. So sorry for the lost of lives and the devastation of property loss. Prayers for all the victims.

  7. Thank you for providing the facts and some common sense about California’s wildfire problems. Contrary to what Governor Brown implies, although climate change certainly exists, it is not something new – it has been going on for over billion years; and California, as well as the rest of the earth, has been much warmer at times than it is now. Over a thousand years ago, California had droughts that lasted, not for years or even decades, but for centuries.

  8. Has anyone ever thought that maybe the government (California state and federal) might be causing all of this to happen? Remember, many of the leftist politicians including Jerry Brown, are all globalist environment worshippers. The government has the capability by extreme advanced technology to manipulate and control the weather. Has anyone stopped and asked the question: why does California have so many months and years of drought? This is not normal, just like the many fires in “certain, specific parts” of the state, are not normal. Has anyone asked the question about the “chem trails”? Chem trails are also adding to the “drying” problem in certain rural areas of the state which makes those areas very vulnurable and combustible to fires. So then, “who” is setting the fires or “how” are the fires being started? The right questions are not being asked so the right answers cannot be given.

    Since Jerry Brown has been back in office as governor of California, he has been forging ahead a very radical, environmental agenda, which is why his answer to the wildfire problem is “climate change”. Everybody knows that climate change or formerly named “global warming” is a hoax touted by the globalist environmental radicals. Jerry Brown ran for governor again so that he could further the agenda of these radicals.That’s what all of this is about: everything is for the environment, about the environment, and he wants to make Calfornia the “poster child” state for the entire nation of what an “environmentally-friendly” state looks like. And remember, where California goes, so goes the rest of the nation! This is a very elaborate scheme to radically and fundamentally “transform” California into a United Nations-backed, completely environmentally-controlled, ideal “green” state, and everything that is happening was planned to happen to move California on-schedule with the tyrannical dictates and takeover of the United Nations. Jerry Brown has been a very willing, cooperative, puppet and is getting as much of the job done before he leaves office. Nothing is happening by coincidence but puposely to promote the agenda which is far more evil and sinister than anybody thinks or knows. Do your research people, you will find out what I’m talking about is true.

  9. 25 Tirzah you are right, and we cannot get them out of office they have created the biggest voter fraud schemes America has ever seen the people have to take a stand and make our politicians see that this stops and stops now!

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