Global Warming Blame-ologists Play with Fire

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Good news: The Waldo Canyon fire, which forced 32,000 residents (including our family) to flee, claimed two lives and destroyed 347 homes, is now 100 percent contained. Bad news: Radical environmentalists won’t stop blowing hot air about this year’s infernal season across the West.

Al Gore slithered out of the political morgue to bemoan nationwide heat records and pimp his new “Climate Reality Project,” which blames global warming for the wildfire outbreak. NBC meteorologist Doug Kammerer asserted: “If we did not have global warming, we wouldn’t see this.” Agriculture Department Undersecretary Harris Sherman, who oversees the Forest Service, claimed to the Washington Post: “The climate is changing, and these fires are a very strong indicator of that.”

And the Associated Press (or rather, the Activist Press) lit the fear-mongering torch with an eco-propaganda piece titled “U.S. summer is what ‘global warming will look like.’”

The problem is that the actual conclusions of scientists included in AP’s screed don’t back up the apocalyptic headline. As the reporter acknowledges under that panicky banner:

“Scientifically linking individual weather events to climate change takes intensive study, complicated mathematics, computer models and lots of time. Sometimes it isn’t caused by global warming. Weather is always variable; freak things happen.”

So, this U.S. summer may or may not really look like “what global warming looks like.” Kinda. Sorta. Possibly. Possibly not.

Furthermore, the AP reporter concedes, the “global” nature of the warming and its supposed catastrophic events have “been local. Europe, Asia and Africa aren’t having similar disasters now, although they’ve had their own extreme events in recent years.”

A more hedging headline would have been journalistically responsible, but Chicken Little-ism better serves the global warming blame-ologists’ agenda.

More inconvenient truths: As The Washington Times noted this week, the National Climatic Data Center shows that “Colorado has actually seen its average temperature drop slightly from 1998 to 2011, when data is collected only from rural stations and not those that have been urbanized since 1900.”

Radical green efforts to block logging and timber sales in national forests since the 1990s are the real culprits.

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  • Sophie Baer

    Won't Al Gore et. al. look even dummer if the investigators will find out that these fires might have been caused by al quaida terrorism

  • oldtimer

    Origin of gore: old english- (gor)- dung, dirt
    old german-(gor) filth
    Earth/Sun cycles, reputable scientist agree we are in a normal cycle. All these Goreists are out to make big bucks. Big Al already has, and he has the Big O on his side.

    • oldtimer

      Also, there was a city in Ca. that just broke a heat record set, get this, in 1935….Global warming?

  • davarino

    There is plenty of fuel in these forests and thats why they are burning. Let the forest managers manage the forests and let the tree huggers pound sand.

    • intrcptr2

      Wouldn't that exacerbate coastal flooding?

  • Asher

    Global Warming is the New World Religion for kooks like Al Gore and the Dimwitted O Crats!

  • tagalog

    I gather "climate change" is now being relegated to the closet of the culture wars, and "global warming" is enjoying a renaissance. Some climate folks are now claiming that the data for our reaching a plateau in global warming has been fudged, and that it's been getting warmer steadily since 1998.

    Leaving out the "weather is not climate" argument, which of course cuts both ways, and the issue that the warming we're having in North America is local and not hemispheric, if we humans are going to take steps to put a stop to global warming, do we simply stop at anthropogenic warming? After all, if I understand the argument right, we've insured at least 100 years' worth of future warming no matter what is done right now. So if we're going to put a stop to this horrible and devastating warming, we'd better stop global warming entirely.

    Can we stop global warming entirely? Can we even stop human warming? Do we have the technology to maintain the global status quo permanently?

    What about the people who will be harmed from maintaining the status quo? What shall be done about them?

    What if we make a mistake?

    • tagalog

      Suppose we mobilize ourselves entirely to establishi a world climate government, and spend whatever money we've got left on stopping global warming, or climate change, or whatever the term du jour is, and we blow it and drive the northern hemisphere into a new Ice Age 5,000 or 10,000 years early. The movie The Day After Tomorrow is incredibly dumb, but they did point out effectively that a new Ice Age (somehow caused by global warming) would mean the end of civilization. Do we really want to take a chance like that?

  • tagalog

    In 1987, I spent a week in Yellowstone National Park and I hiked through several areas where the fallen trees (mostly lodgepole pine) were three or four deep on the ground. I remarked to my wife that this was a forest fire waiting to happen. The following year, I watched the cabin she and I had occupied near the Old Faithful Lodge burn on TV.

    The environmentalist effort to leave fire kindling in the form of dried brush and fallen trees, trunk upon trunk of them piled on one another in the national forests, is the main cause of these large, hot, forest fires. I personally am selfishly glad to be able to hike in a National Wilderness near my Colorado Springs home where land use foresters can't use power tools to clear trees and brush, but after experiencing the Waldo Canyon Fire, with its 1500-degree temperatures, I marvel that the forest will come back at all. But it will. Still, clearing a lot of the flammable materials would have been a good idea. The environmentalist panic that the Colorado aspen was threatened is now history, as the aspens are the first trees to occupy a burned area after the fire, and there have been a lot of them in the West, particularly Colorado lately.

  • UCSPanther

    The forest industry has done a lot more to help the environment in recent years than the environmental movement. Why? Because they actually do something for the forests, while the enviromentalists just holler foul and file wasteful and worthless lawsuits.

  • VLParker

    So what do these geniuses think caused forest fires that occurred before global warming?

  • Gamaliel

    The amount of smoke generated by these burning trees as a result of environmentalist idiocy is real pollution as opposed to the carbon dioxide they are so keen to tax