(Tea Party PAC) – Climate experts have admitted that what President Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed about the cause behind California’s wildfires was true all along.
The cause is poor land management, rather than climate change, E&E is reporting.
Roughly 75% of the damage caused by California’s wildfires is a result of “the way we manage lands and develop our landscape,” according to Scott Stephens, a professor of fire science at the University of California, Berkeley, who made this assertion = Wednesday at a conference in Washington.
Approximately 4.5 million acres a year were burned through wildfires in the 18th century when the Golden State was still largely populated by indigenous people, Stephens pointed out.
“Fire was almost as important as rain to ecosystems,” he added.
Stephens is not the only researcher at the National Council for Science and the Environment to make this inconvenient assertion.
“Wildfire is not really wildfire — it’s not pointy green trees,” added Jennifer Montgomery, director of the California Forest Management Task Force.
She continued: “You get these so-called wildfires at intersection of development.”
Who else has said this? President Donald Trump.
“There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor,” the president tweeted in September 2018 when the state was fighting record-breaking blazes.
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The cost associated with firefighting is increasing dramatically, hitting a record $1.1 billion in 2017. The president signed “fire funding fix” legislation in 2018 to give federal agencies $2.25 billion to fight fires starting in 2020. That amount would increase to nearly $3 billion by 2027.
These comments from Montgomery and Stephens draw a very stark contrast to those made by the state’s largest power untility.
California’s “prolonged, record drought; unprecedented tree mortality; heat waves;” and offshore “Diablo” winds created “a significant and an unforeseen increase in wildfires,” PG&E CEO Bill Johnson told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in December.
PG&E shut off electricity in November 2019 to nearly 1 million customers to prevent the spread of wildfires. The blackouts were intended to forestall wildfires. One of the utility’s snapped wires was reportedly found on a transmission tower near where the Kincade Fire began.
California wildfires killed 103 people between 2017 and 2019, and burned 4 million acres while causing millions of citizens to lose power as electric companies turned off electricity to prevent potential arching from sparking fires.
State officials frequently argued that California’s wildfires were the result of excessive carbon emissions inside Earth’s atmosphere. Former Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, for instance, said in 2018 that “those who deny” global warming were “definitely contributing” to the deadly fires.
Other experts say Trump and Brown are both wrong.
“The recent fires are predominantly in grassland and chaparral,” University of Washington climate scientist Cliff Mass told the Daily Caller News Foundation in 2018. And Brown is wrong because the prairie grass would have burned despite climate change, he added.