Governor Jerry Brown’s aide wants Americans to treat climate change like World War III and Brown is blaming the wildfires on climate change/climate chaos/global warming despite the fact that slews of scientists are telling him that is not the cause.
Flanked by firefighter used as props, he addressed the wildfires in front of the TV cameras Monday.
The wilderness fire was “a real wake-up call” to reduce the carbon pollution “that is in many respects driving all of this,” he said.
“It’s a new normal,” he said in August. “California is burning.”
Brown is embroiled in a fight with the oil industry over legislation to slash gasoline use in California. He has been to Rome and spoken at a conference before the Pope stating his case on the global climate change movement.
That’s not surprising but what is surprising is that many climate change scientists disagree with him.
University of Colorado climate change specialist Roger Pielke said Brown is engaging in “noble-cause corruption.”
Pielke said it is easier to make a political case for change using immediate and local threats, rather than those on a global scale, especially given the subtleties of climate change research, which features probabilities subject to wide margins of error and contradiction by other findings.
“I don’t believe the climate change discussion is helpful,” Richard Halsey said. He founded the Chaparral Institute in San Diego. he wants attention turned to understanding and responding to fire risk in the here-and-now in practical ways in order to save lives.
Brown’s senior environmental advisor, Cliff Rechtschaffen said climate change needs to be looked at from a World War III footing.
These people are lunatics.
Brown believes forest fires have grown more frequent and are far worse because of climate change and there are those who agree such as Barack Obama.
However, all of the global warming science is based only on computer models and they show only that global warming will bring hotter weather. Fires, they say should decrease in Southern California. Land management policies are more important, they also say.
An August study at Columbia led by climatologist Park Williams concluded that global warming in California was not a major cause of the drought.
Climate ecologists cannot attribute the forest fires to any beyond normal weather.
“There is insufficient data,” said U.S. Forest Service ecologist Matt Jolly. His work shows that over the last 30 years, California has had an average of 18 additional days per year that are conducive to fire.
A team of researchers at UC Irvine recently reported that in 25 years, climate change will increase the size of fires driven by Santa Ana winds in Southern California. But their models varied on how much increase to expect: from 12% to 140%.
A UC Merced expert sees a decrease.
National Park Service scientist Patrick Gonzalez blamed the trend on suppression policies in fighting fires. “One hundred years of fire suppression is building fuel beds,” Bureau of Land Management fire manager Jeff Tunnell said. “Almost any year can produce a fire like this one.”
In other words, man is causing the fires and blaming global warming.
Jim Beers, a retired US Fish & Wildlife biologist says that the fires in Alaska and the western United States are entirely due to fire fuel accumulation on government land and landscapes inhospitable to access, fuel management or firefighting:
Lands where timber management no longer exists; lands where timber companies and sawmills are extinct; lands where “endangered species” demands make water unavailable to fight fires; lands where grazing is being eliminated; lands where roads are bulldozed closed; lands where firewood collection is restricted; lands where hunting is disappearing thanks to government wolves and grizzly bears; lands where camping and hiking are less available and more dangerous thanks to government predators; lands that no longer generate revenue for federal owners.
Fire behavior specialist Jeff Shelton said the Jerusalem fire was the result of the summer’s dry weather, an abundance of fuel created by a lack of previous fires, and steep slopes that allowed the fires to spread quickly.
The Rocky fire, which began in late July in Lake County, spread quickly through mature chaparral in the Cache Creek Wilderness, creating tall plumes that sucked in air from all directions. Many ecologists said the fires are behaving typically.