Last week, I wrote that ‘Climate Change Didn’t Cause the Maui Fires, Environmentalists Did’. And the environmentalists keep proving me right.
The fires are still going on. And so are the legal battles over obtaining enough water to fight them.
A brush fire burned 10 acres on Saturday and prompted Maui authorities to evacuate residents from a neighborhood of Lahaina, just a few miles from the site recently ravaged by blazes, before firefighters brought it under control.
Firefighters doused flames from above using a helicopter and with hoses on the ground, said John Heggie, a spokesperson for Maui County’s Joint Information Center.
But the state is still fighting legal battles against Polynesian rights activities and environmentalists over the water. And, is losing them because the latter have all the leftist and ‘native’ leverage.
The day after the wildfires started on Maui, the State of Hawaii, Board of Land and Natural Resources, and Alexander and Baldwin filed a petition in the Hawaii Supreme Court, saying there was “not enough permitted water to battle the wildfires” in Upcountry Maui. The petition asked to overturn a June court decision that limited Alexander and Baldwin’s stream diversion in East Maui from 40 million gallons to 31.5 million gallons.
Over the last two decades, Hawaiian and environmental groups have fought to restore the water in East Maui’s streams. The Sierra Club has argued that permits granted by the Board of Land and Natural Resources to East Maui Irrigation and Alexander and Baldwin daily fail to protect the water for customary Hawaiian practices and ecological balance.
By that they mean growing Taro, an Asian vegetable that the Polynesian settlers considered ‘sacred’, the “traditional” way which is inefficient and requires lots of water and doesn’t work.
But given a choice between fighting wildfires or growing a ‘sacred’ vegetable, the Sierra Club and the Hawaii Supreme Court choose the vegetable.
The Hawaii Supreme Court denied a petition filed by the State of Hawaii, Board of Land and Natural Resources, and Alexander and Baldwin, which claimed there was not enough permitted water to fight the wildfires in Upcountry Maui.
The following day, the high court denied the petition, stating the petitioner had failed to establish a “clear and indisputable right to the relief requested.”
Why choose human lives over vegetables… when the head of their party is a vegetable?
This is not a climate change crisis, this is an environmentalist crisis. And environmentalists at best don’t care if people die and at worst support it as a way of reducing carbon polluting.
To them we’re all carbon pollution.