The wildfires that are ravaging California are almost too devastating to wrap your head around. The fire has burned the equivalent of 7 San Franciscos, almost 7,000 buildings have been burned, and at least 30 people are dead. It’s horrific.
Gov. Jerry Brown, one of the most unhinged liberal governors you’ll find, couldn’t resist the temptation to inject politics into the situation.
He recently blamed climate change for the fire despite the fact that we still don’t know exactly how the fire was started.
From Sacramento Bee:
Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday said wildfires like the ones spanning the state today threaten “our whole way of life” and lend urgency to efforts that would slow the impacts of man-made climate change.
“This is not the new normal,” he said, employing a phrase that state leaders have used to describe the past two deadly, prolonged California fire seasons. “This is the new abnormal, and this new abnormal will continue certainly in the next 10 to 15 years.”
Jerry Brown can talk about climate change all he wants. The fact of the matter is that there’s no solid evidence of that. Joel Pollak wrote a great piece over at Breitbart explaining what’s actually going on in California.
Trump’s theory is that over-regulation has led to under-harvesting of forests, leaving more fuel for fires to burn. Brown’s theory is that the global use of fossil fuels is making California warmer and drier, and more prone to fires.
The exact causes of the Camp Fire in Northern California, and the Woolsely fire in Southern California, which are currently burning across a collective 200,000 acres and have killed over 30 people, have yet to be determined.
However, the primary reason California is naturally prone to fires is that it has a broadly Mediterranean climate, with short, rainy winters; hot, dry summers; and occasional periods of prolonged drought.
Moreover, as California’s population nears 40 million people, and as the high cost of housing encourages people to move into rural or peri-urban areas, the risk grows that ordinary human activity will start fires.
Data released earlier this year showed that the U.S. led all nations in reducing carbon dioxide emissions in 2017, the year that President Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Accords, amidst dire predictions from his opponents.
There’s more to the story than climate change and Jerry Brown knows that. But, there’s a lot of money tied into this green energy movement and we all know that Democrats won’t ever pass up a chance to bash conservatives and blame them for the world’s problems.
Rational people wait for the facts. People like Jerry Brown play politics.