Don’t Blame Trump for the California Wildfires – Blame Environmentalists!

Don’t Blame Trump for the California Wildfires – Blame Environmentalists! By James Delingpole.

All the usual leftist suspects – CNN, WaPo, Sen. Kamala Harris, Governor Moonbeam – are trying to blame “climate change” and even Donald Trump for the wildfires ravaging California.

But guess who is really to blame…

That’s right: the usual leftist suspects.

Specifically the culprits are all those environmental campaigners, eco lobbyists, green NGOs, lawyers and politicians responsible turning California and the Pacific Northwest into a gigantic fire hazard.

Forests need management to stay healthy: they need thinning to promote strong, disease-free growth; they need accumulated dry brush to be cleared to avoid the risk of wildfires; they need firebreaks to stop fires getting out of control; they need managed burns in order to stave off the savage incendiary fury of the kind of wildfires that burn so hot they turn the entire area into a barren wasteland.

Not so long ago, this vital work was carried out by the forestry industry – at little or no cost to the taxpayer.

But then the environmentalists successfully made “logging” a dirty word. And suddenly that vital management came to halt.

In the name of saving the environment these eco-fascist ideologues, Gaia-worshippers, bandwagon-jumpers, hucksters, virtue-signallers, anti-capitalists and brain-dead bleeding hearts have actually helped to kill it. …

As well as killing people, these greenies have also killed jobs, communities, local economies; they have killed wildlife and trees that need never have been destroyed on such a scale.

Particularly true of eucalypts, which is why bushfires in Australia are now so nasty. Eucalypts are spreading in California too. Eucalypts encourage fires by dropping lots of flammable debris (the poster child is a stringy bark tree), because eucalyptus recover and sprout much faster than other tree species after a fire. Once eucalypts proliferate they dominate, so long as the fires keep happening. When Greens prevent the debris build up from occurring, the resulting fires are very fierce. Australian bushfires have been kept in check by fire stick farming and burning off for millennia, except for the last 50 years.

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific, Charles