Bad Policies Fuel Fires
“Mother Earth is angry!” says Nancy Pelosi in my newest video.
“The debate is over around climate change!” says California Governor Gavin Newsom, smirking, strangely.
They’re eager to blame climate change for the wildfires in their state. I’m surprised they didn’t say it causes COVID-19, too.
Newsom, ridiculously, says wildfires are another reason to get more electric cars on the road. I wonder if he even knows that electricity for such cars comes from natural gas.
“This catastrophizing around climate change is just a huge distraction,” says environmentalist Michael Shellenberger, author of the new bestseller, Apocalypse Never.
Shellenberger says: “Climate change is real, but it’s not the end of the world. It’s not our most serious environmental problem.”
California warmed 3 degrees over the past 50 years, but that’s not the main cause of California’s fires, no matter how often politicians and the media say it is.
Why do they keep saying it?
“If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail,” says Shellenberger. “Every weather event you blame on climate change.”
What actually is to blame, as usual, is stupid government policies.
Forests are supposed to burn. If there aren’t small fires, debris from dead trees and plants accumulate. That provides fuel for big, deadlier fires, that are more likely to burn out of control.
But for years, governments and environmentalists put out every small fire they could, while also fighting logging.
Megafires could have bee
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