Good News! Last month's Colorado Springs fire which forced 32,000 residents to flee, claimed 2 lives and destroyed 347 homes is now contained. Bad News: Radical environmentalists won't stop blowing hot air on the air waves about this year's infernal season across the West. And the Associated Press (or rather the Activist Press) fanned the fear-mongering torch with an eco-propaganda piece titled "U.S. summer is what global warming will look like."
Al Gore slithered out of the political pondscum to bemoan nationwide heat records and pimp his new "Climate Reality Project," which blames global warming for the wildfire outbreak. He should get some Reality! The idiots at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) are posting maps with red dots showing the high temperatures across the west and mid-west on their Facebook page with dire warnings. Even the Agriculture Department head Harris Sherman, who oversees the Forest Service was sucked in and claimed to the newspapers: "The climate is changing and these fires are a very strong indicator of that."
The problem is that the actual conclusions of scientists included in the AP's screed don't back up the apocalyptic headline. Just yesterday on the CBS TODAY Show a meteorologist came on to give the weather report and explained what was actually happening. The Polar Jet Stream has moved north and is blocking any Arctic air from entering the United States. He stated; "This is weather....NOT climate. Weather is always variable, freak things happen and this was a local event and not global." A more hedging headline would've been journalistically responsible, but Chicken Little-ism better serves the global warming blame-ologists' agenda.
More inconvenient truths: As the Washington Post noted this week, the National Climatic Data Center shows that "Colorado has actually seen its average temperature drop slightly from 1998 -2011." The TRUTH is that radical green efforts to block logging in national forests since the 1990's are the culprits. Wildlife mitigation experts point to incompetent forest management and militant opposition to thinning the timber fuel supply. Australia had to learn the same lesson after massive forest fires destroyed lives, homes and thousands of areas of forest due to those same Green bastards opposing proper forest management.
Another symptom of green obstructionism; widespread Bark Beetle infestations. The U.S. Forest Service itself reported last year;"
"During the last part of the 20th Century, widespread treatments in lodgepole pine stands that would have created age class diversity, enhanced the vigor of remaining trees and improved stand resiliency to drought or insect attack -- such as timber harvest and thinning -- lacked public acceptance. Proposals for such practices were routinely appealed and litigated, constraining the ability of the Forest Service to mange what had become large expanses of even-aged stands susceptible to Bark Beetle outbreak and tree death."
The Way I See It....the capitulation to lawsuit-happy deadshit green thugs like Fred Krup (head of the EDF), and others, undermined "public acceptance" of Common Sense, Biodiversity-preserving and lifesaving timber harvest and thinning practices. Local, state and federal officials offered praise to Colorado Springs residents who engaged in preventive mitigation efforts in the neighborhoods. Yet, litigious environmental groups have sabotaged such mitigation efforts at the national level -- in effect --creating an explosive tinderbox out of the West.
Stoking global warming alarms, especially with more scientists discrediting it, may make for titillating headlines and posh Al Gore confabs, but it's the human blame avoidance strategy rooted in ideological extremism and flaming idiocy. Perhaps burning their own headquarters down would give them a real taste of how losing your home really feels.