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  • Extreme Wildfires Caused By Extreme Stupidity, not Global Warming (There you have it!!!)

    12/08/2018 6:01:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | December 8, 2018 | Tim Ball
    Editor's note: This column was co-authored by Tom Harris. In the push for strong action at this year's United Nations climate change conference in Katowice, Poland, a common refrain is that rising carbon dioxide levels (CO2) will supposedly result in global warming that will increase the incidence of disastrous wildfires.“The longer we wait, the more our communities will suffer under bigger wildfires...,” wrote Lou Leonard of the World Wildlife Fund on December 4.This is totally wrong, but then World Wildlife Fund got their recent claims of animal populations wrong as well. Rising temperatures and increasing CO2 both act to increase soil moisture and...
  • Some Californians are hiring private fire crews to save their homes

    12/03/2018 5:33:30 PM PST · by Libloather · 38 replies
    LA Times ^ | 11/27/18 | HANNAH FRY, JACK FLEMMING
    **SNIP** With California experiencing two years of unprecedented wildfires that have left more than 20,000 homes destroyed and scores dead, the private firefighting business is booming. These brigades work independently from county firefighters; their job is to protect specific homes under contract with insurance companies. Their work can vary from pushing back flames as they approach properties to reaching the site before the blaze arrives and spraying homes with fire retardant. But the private forces have generated complaints from some fire departments, who say they dont always coordinate with local crews and amount to one more worry as they try...
  • California wildfires released one year's worth of power pollution

    12/02/2018 8:41:26 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/02/18 | Emily Birnbaum
    Forest fires in California this year released carbon emissions equivalent to the amount produced to power the state's electricity for one year, according to a new analysis from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The wildfires, including last month's record-breaking fires in Northern and Southern California, released 68 million tons of carbon dioxide as they incinerated huge swaths of land and destroyed thousands of homes this year. That is roughly the same amount of carbon emissions typically produced to power the entire state for a year, according to a statement from the Interior Department on Friday. "We know that wildfires can...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Wednesday 11/28/2018

    11/28/2018 3:52:26 AM PST · by Nextrush · 1 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 11/28/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    A federal judge is delaying ruling on a request to make public any criminal charges against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange..... Assange has instructed his lawyers to sue "The Guardian" newspaper in the UK for publishing a claim that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort..... Special Counsel Mueller's office claims that Manafort is lying to them, Manafort agreed to cooperate with Mueller's probe after being convicted in his first criminal trial. Meanwhile, President Trump tweeting Tuesday evening that: "The Mueller Witch Hunt is a total disgrace"..... GENERAL MOTORS WILL BE MAKING MORE CARS IN MEXICO.... That's the upshot of GM's restructuring...
  • California Burning: How the Greens Turned the Golden State Brown

    11/25/2018 9:00:58 AM PST · by DeweyCA · 50 replies
    American Greatness ^ | 11-24-18 | Edward Ring
    n October 2016, in a coordinated act of terrorism that received fleeting attention from the press, environmentalist activists broke into remote flow stations and turned off the valves on pipelines carrying crude oil from Canada into the United States. Working simultaneously in Washington, Montana, Minnesota, and North Dakota, the eco-terrorists disrupted pipelines that together transport 2.8 million barrels of oil per day, approximately 15 percent of U.S. consumption. The pretext for this action was to protest the alleged catastrophe of global warming. These are the foot soldiers of environmental extremism. These are the minions whose militancy receives nods and winks...
  • Climate change: Report warns of growing impact on US life (hurl alert)

    11/23/2018 2:28:34 PM PST · by Ennis85 · 30 replies
    BBC News ^ | 23rd November 2018 | BBC News
    Unchecked climate change will cost the US hundreds of billions of dollars and damage human health and quality of life, a US government report warns. "Future risks from climate change depend... on decisions made today," the 4th National Climate Assessment says. The report says climate change is "presenting growing challenges to human health and safety, quality of life, and the rate of economic growth". The warning is at odds with the Trump administration's fossil fuels agenda. The White House said the report - compiled with help from numerous US government agencies and departments - was inaccurate. Spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said...
  • Massive Federal Response Being Delivered To Help With California Wildfires

    11/22/2018 7:21:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | November 22, 2018 | Jan Brewer
    It’s hard to imagine the real destruction of the California wildfires. Scores of people dead, hundreds missing, thousands of structures destroyed, and hundreds of acres burned to the ground. It’s a tragedy the likes of which our nation has never seen before.In times like these, those affected by the wildfires need urgent assistance, and that’s exactly what they’re getting from the Trump administration.The scale of the disaster is hard to overstate. This year marks the state’s worst fire season ever, punctuated by the “Camp” and “Woolsey” fires. The Camp fire alone has claimed at least 77 lives, out of a total...
  • Paradise regained? Experts call for European approach to US housing [tasteless; CA wildfires]

    11/22/2018 8:38:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    With the embers still raining from blackened skies choked by Californias massive wildfires, the effort turns to rebuilding Paradise a town of almost 30,000 that was wiped off the map. But experts warn that with megafires the new normal in a warming global climate, housing in the western United States is going to need a revolutionary rethink along the lines of villages dotting Europes wooded slopes. I think people are thinking about if there is a way we can design the new Paradise that can look like more of a European village or a ski town, and not have...
  • California Prepares For Possible Mudslides In Areas Impacted By The Camp Fire

    11/22/2018 6:28:29 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | November 22, 2018 | Beth Bauman
    California is expected to see some much-needed rain, which can be beneficial to firefighters who are still working to put out the Camp Fire in the northern part of the state. While the rain can help firefighters, it can also cause anotherdisaster: mudslides.Northern California is expected to get two to four inches of rain through Black Friday and the Sierra Nevadas are expected to get one to two feet of snow, AccuWeather reported."Rainfall that would normally be absorbed will run off extremely quickly after a wildfire, as burned soil can be as water-repellent as pavement," the National Weather Service said.Anyone...
  • Cal Gov Brown admits Trump was right about cause of the fires; calls to ease logging restrictions

    11/22/2018 5:50:44 PM PST · by deandg99 · 29 replies
    DC Dirty Laundry ^ | 11/22/2018 | JD Heyes
    In recent days, POTUS Donald Trump was criticized by firefighters, Left-wing Democrats, environmental groups, and #NeverTrump Republicans for daring to state that the wildfires currently burning up California were largely the fault of poor forest management by the state. Early on, the president tweeted there was no reason for these massive deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments! ... California Gov. Jerry Moonbeam Brown, after denouncing...
  • How Governor Brown, Liberal CA Dems, and Bloated Federal Agencies Are to Blame for CAs Wildfires

    11/21/2018 6:10:30 AM PST · by davikkm · 11 replies
    IWB ^ | Bob Shanahan
    Paradise, California has become hell on earth. My thoughts and prayers go out to the thousands of displaced families. I cannot even begin to imagine the pain and devastation they are currently experiencing. Only 80 miles north of my hometown of Sacramento, this has been an issue close to home for me, but the smoky skies weve been experiencing here are nothing compared to what the residents of Paradise are now going through. I am so proud of our firefighters, first responders, and many volunteers who have come together during this crisis to do everything they can to alleviate the...
  • Opinion: The Cost of Neglect (Camp Fire)

    11/20/2018 4:53:07 PM PST · by kingu · 11 replies
    Territorial Dispatch (Yuba County) ^ | Nov 19, 2018 | Lou Binninger
    Looney Governor Jerry Brown blamed the rash of apocalyptic-level forest fires on Global Warming deniers. His nonsensical and rash comments will not be missed. Many will remember him for endangering Californians by ignoring the infrastructure needs of the state. Oroville Dams maintenance had been slipshod since its completion in 1968. Flakey inspections by state agencies risked the lives of hundreds of thousands of North State dwellers during the heavy rains and spillway collapse in February 2017. The failure will cost taxpayers more than $1 billion to repair. No one has estimated the hundreds of millions it cost 180,000 people to...
  • House forester Rep. Bruce Westerman hits Senate Democrats for blocking forest-management bills

    11/20/2018 12:11:58 PM PST · by detective · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 19, 2018 | Valerie Richardson
    As catastrophic wildfires cut a deadly swath through California, President Trump has demanded more aggressive forest management and as luck would have it, Rep. Bruce Westerman has a bill to do exactly that. Whats more, the Resilient Federal Forest Act of 2017 already has passed the House. The problem: The bill has almost no chance of being approved by the Senate, where it has languished for more than a year, thanks to opposition from Senate Democrats and anti-logging environmental groups. I would give it very low odds of passing, said Mr. Westerman, Arkansas Republican.
  • Zinke blames lawsuits by 'radical environmentalists' for creating more wildfires

    11/20/2018 12:04:45 PM PST · by detective · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 20, 2018 | Dave Boyer -
    Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke blamed radical environmentalists Tuesday for blocking federal forest-management efforts and causing dangerous conditions that lead to deadly wildfires such as the blaze that killed dozens last week in northern California. When lawsuit after lawsuit by, yes, the radical environmental groups that would rather burn down the entire forest than cut a single tree or thin the forest, then its easy to find who is suing and who promulgates these destructive policies, Mr. Zinke said. Take a look at whos suing every time theres a thinning project. The density of dead and dying trees is higher....
  • How Misguided Environmentalism Is To Blame For Californias Wildfires

    11/19/2018 10:51:00 AM PST · by detective · 30 replies
    The Federalist ^ | November 16, 2018 | Krystina Skurk
    I grew up in Californias Ventura County and have family in both southern and northern California. Right now, the most deadly fire in Californias history is racing across northern California. The Camp Fire has already killed at least 56 people, burned down 7,700 homes, and destroyed the entire town of Paradise. A brush fire is also wreaking havoc on southern California. The Woolsey Fire has destroyed 98,362 acres, killed two people, and damaged several Hollywood landmarks such as the set of MASH and the Reagan Ranch. Article after article blames two things for Californias frequent fires: global warming and human...
  • Loggers support Trump's claim that wildfires caused by 'poor forest management'

    11/19/2018 8:27:04 AM PST · by rktman · 47 replies ^ | 11/16/2018 | Jennifer Harper
    A national logging organization is offering support to President Trump following catastrophic wildfires in California and a political debate over the causes of the destructive blazes. President Trump blamed poor forest management for wildfires in California and throughout the West, and there is truth to statements he has made, said Daniel Dructor, executive vice president of the American Loggers Council, a coalition of state and regional associations that represents independent contract loggers. Its time to rise above political posturing and recognize that active forest management including logging, thinning, grazing and controlled burning are tools that can and must...
  • California regulator lays groundwork for PG&E bailout

    11/18/2018 1:46:25 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 15 replies
    DNC Vetted then the San Franciso Chronicle ^ | Nov 15,2018 YES NOV 15th! | JD Morris
    Capping a wild day on Wall Street in which Pacific Gas and Electric Co. stock crashed and soared as investors weighed the prospect of government aid, Californias top utility regulator said Thursday his agency can help the utility avoid financial catastrophe because of the states raging wildfires. Michael Picker, president of the California Public Utilities Commission, said his agency does not want PG&E and the states other investor-owned utilities to file for bankruptcy. In a move he conceded was unusual, he briefed investors and analysts on his views before issuing a public statement Thursday, a decision that may have contributed...
  • Trump consoles Californians suffering from twin tragedies

    11/18/2018 1:34:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Borneo Bulletin ^ | November 19, 2018 | The Associated Press
    PARADISE, Calif. (AP) President Donald Trump acknowledged Californians suffering from twin tragedies, walking through the ashes of a mobile home and RV park in a small northern town all-but-destroyed by deadly wildfires and privately consoling people grieving after a mass shooting at a popular college bar outside Los Angeles. This has been a tough day when you look at all of the death from one place to the next, Trump said on Saturday before flying back to Washington. Trumps visits to areas of Northern and Southern California in the aftermath of unprecedented wildfires that have killed more than 70...
  • Trump tours Paradise area, calls wildfire a really bad one

    11/17/2018 4:19:04 PM PST · by Mariner · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 17th, 2018 | By JONATHAN LEMIRE
    PARADISE, Calif. (AP) From the ashes of a mobile home and RV park, President Donald Trump said Saturday he came to the heart of Californias killer wildfire to fully grasp the scale of the desolation wrought on the landscape. Were going to have to work quickly. ... Hopefully this is going to be the last of these because this was a really, really bad one, said the president, standing amid the crumpled foundations of homes and twisted steel of melted cars. I think everybodys seen the light and I dont think well have this again to this extent, Trump...
  • Russia extends condolences over California wildfire-embassy

    11/17/2018 9:06:44 PM PST · by Nextrush · 11 replies
    Tass ^ | 11/18/2018 | Tass
    The Russian Embassy in the US extends condolences to residents of California regarding the tragic consequences of wildfires raging across the US state, the embassy stated on Twitter. "We extend our most sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathy to the people of #California regarding the huge amount of damage and dozens of human casualties caused by destructive forest fires," the Russian diplomatic mission wrote. So far, the California wildfires death toll has reached 79 people, while 1,276 people are reported missing...