(Tea Party PAC) – The left is more than happy to attribute this year’s devastating wildfires on the West Coast to global warning, but this narrative gets rather iffy when you take a look at how many people have been arrested for arson in recent weeks.
To say nothing of the bad environmental policies employed by blue states which arguably contribute to the spread of wildfires.
Our of four individuals arrested for arson on the West Coast, one has been a “regular attendee” to anti-police rallies in Seattle.
Oregon Live reported (via Breitbart) that Michael Jarrod Bakkela, 41, has been accused of arson and partially contributed to the Almeda fire, the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office is claiming. He has been arrested on “two counts of arson, 15 counts of criminal mischief and 14 counts of reckless endangerment”:
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Friday afternoon that on Tuesday evening, a resident of Phoenix saw a person, later identified as Bakkela, lighting a fire behind their house on Quail Lane. Because there was an impending blaze, the residents who saw him set the fire had to flee their home.
Bakkela was arrested and initially lodged in the Jackson County Jail on Tuesday on a charge of possession of methamphetamine. He remains in jail on the arson and criminal mischief charges.
Breitbart notes that the Almeda fire has destroyed at least 700 homes and at least two people have perished.
In Washington, two individuals were arrested in connection with fires in the state, including Jeffrey Alan Acord, who was reportedly caught in the act of setting a fire along HIghway 167. Even if there hadn’t been witnesses, this goon had live-streamed himself on the scene and reported it to police, claiming that he had “literally pulled over to call it in.”
“Other drivers, however, told police they watched the 36-year-old Puyallup man walk into a field carrying a lighter and cardboard,” KIRO 7 reported.
The outlet also noted that Acord is also a “regular attendee at Seattle ‘defund police’ rallies.”
He also happens to be facing charges for allegedly breaking into a gas station.
Meanwhile, Jacob Altona, 28, has been arrested for arson, and 37-year-old Anita Esquivel has also allegedly deliberately starting fires in California, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The news comes as Democrat politicians continue to blame the fires across the region on climate change. Politicians, such as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), are largely using the devastation to push for a Green New Deal but continue to ignore the reality of poor forest management and environmentalist policies that contribute to the massive wildfires, such as putting an emphasis on “fire suppression” rather than prescribed burning.
Despite that, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has used the tragedy to declare the debate around climate change over for good.
“The debate is over around climate change. Just come to the state of California, observe it with your own eyes,” Newsom said with a grin. “It’s not an intellectual debate, it’s not even debatable”:
CA Gov. Gavin Newsom: "The debate is OVER around climate change." pic.twitter.com/ATFQQWOpsa
— The Hill (@thehill) September 11, 2020
On Saturday, the National Interagency Fire Center reported that 97 fires have burned 4.7 million acres across the west.
“More than 29,000 firefighters and support personnel are assigned to wildfires. Evacuation orders are in place for 40 large fires in California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Idaho, and Utah,” the agency reported.