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Are environmentalists behind California’s wildfires?


California Wildfire in 2013 Public Domain

A couple of weeks back, Gavin Newsom, the Democrat governor of California, stood in the midst an area ravaged by a recent wildfire and blamed man-made global warming for the problem. READ: Funny how global warming hovers the globe – but only lands in California

Well, Newsom is right about one thing, the fires are man-made, but man-made by environmentalists as many suggest their insane policies embraced by the political left are in fact the biggest problem.

Writing for The Spectator, Blake Clarkson explains:

Right now I’m seeing the mountains I grew up in — where I went to school, where I hung out, camped, backpacked, boated, cheated death and generally formed the foundation of my character — burning down. It makes me sad and angry.
 
This didn’t have to happen. Once upon a time, forests in California were logged, grazed, and competently managed. It wasn’t always perfect, but generally it worked.
 
Fires, which are a natural part of that ecosystem, were generally small — not just benign but beneficial. Land management focused on keeping the forest healthy for all involved, whether they were loggers, ranchers, fishermen, hunters, homeowners, or backpackers.
 
But then things started to change. Groups such as the Sierra Club and National Resources Defense Council began to drive a myopic agenda of protecting environmental interests at all costs. Logging was shut down. Grazing was banned. Controlled burning and undergrowth clearance were challenged and subjected to draconian regulations. Fires were put out as quickly as possible.
 
So the trees grew closer and closer together. Undergrowth, unchecked by grazing, cutting, or burning, grew thick and tall enough to reach the branches of mature trees.
 
The forests became thick and overgrown, but man, they sure looked nice and green from a scenic overlook.

READ: How environmentalists destroyed California’s forests: Short-sighted eco-measures helped cause the devastation we see today

And he is not the only one to point to this problem. So did Bob Zybach, an experienced Forester with a PhD in environmental science.

The Daily Signal explains:

Nearly 30 years ago, President Bill Clinton made a significant change to federal land management that created the conditions necessary for massive wildfires to consume portions of the West Coast, according to a fire expert who predicted the problem years ago.
 
Shortly before leaving office in 2001, Clinton limited the ability of the United States Forest Service to thin out a dense thicket of foliage and downed trees on federal land to bring the West into a pristine state, Bob Zybach, an experienced forester with a Ph.D. in environmental science, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. The former president’s decision created a ticking time bomb, Zybach argues.

“If you don’t start managing these forests, then they are going to start burning up. Thirty years later, they are still ignoring it,” said Zybach, who spent more than 20 years as a reforestation contractor.

READ: Wildfires Will Get Worse Under Decades-Old Liberal Policies, Veteran Forester Says

While liberal environmental policies created the monstrous size of these infernos, there is also the problem that most of these fire were deliberately or accidentally set by humans. READ: Oregon man, freed after using Molotov cocktail to start fire, set six more: cops AND CU Study: 97% Of Wildfires In 24-Year Span Started By Humans AND Four people arrested for INTENTIONALLY starting blazes on West Coast as wildfires ravage the region

So yes, Gov Newsom, we can finally agree on one thing: California’s wildfires are man-made.

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