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kootenay joe wrote:Climate change is absolutely 100% real. There is ZERO disagreement from the scientific community anywhere worldwide.
There is a powerful lobby by fossil fuel companies to convince gullible people into believing otherwise so that they can squeeze as many dollars as possible into their coffers before the shift to alternate energy sources takes over.
The intensity of hurricanes hitting USA in the last few years is but one consequence of fossil fuel 'over-use'. The drought conditions in California, worst since recording keeping began about 150 years ago, is another.
Unfortunately i think "we ain't seen nothing yet".
treefarmer wrote:If y'all think back a few years, Florida had a terrible wildfire incident on the East coast over around Daytona Beach. One of the biggest contributors to the fire was determined to be the attitude of the environmentalists, "Thou shall not mess with the forest." Nature has a way of protecting it's self by wild fires started by lightening strikes. Man immediately stops these fires, the forest floor continues to fill its' tender box and over the years there is the inevitable fire that can not be easily controlled.
Controlled burns have protected properties for years, they provide fresh browse for the critters, they remove the build up of the volatile natural debris that collects under the trees. I just read an article that mentioned the State of California had outlawed controlled burns about 15 years ago. They didn't want smoke in the valleys and now that have smoke and destruction in the valleys.
On a personal note, we try to have a controlled burn on our property every 3 years. In 5 or 6 years enough pine straw and other debris will build up and fuel a fire that will go to the tops of 50' tall pines, causing a crown fire which is devastating. Some trees survive and some are killed by the intense heat generated by the junk that could have been removed by a controlled burn.
Apparently the folks on the left coast haven't learned this common sense approach to eliminate wild fires.