Joe Biden was attempting to show how on the ball he is this week at a briefing on the nation’s wildfire situation. It didn’t work.
Biden was meeting with Western governors so he could be seen talking about the annual phenomenon of wildfires and how awful they are and how we must do everything to stop them, even though that just makes future ones worse.
“We know this is becoming a regular cycle,” the president said, “and we know it’s getting worse. The truth is, we’re playing catch-up. This is an area that’s been under-resourced, but that’s going to change if we have anything to do with it.”
There is so much so very ignorant about what Joe Biden said.
First, wildfire is not becoming a regular cycle. It already is. Has been forever since the beginning of fire and time. Fire is how Nature cleanses itself and launches the next cycle, all on a schedule that ignores humans.
Wildfires are getting worse, not because of global warming or climate change or whatever the green catchphrase is this summer. Wildfires are getting worse because humans insist on letting fuels build up, then fighting the fires, snuffing out flames before they can do their job. Oh, and humans are building houses closer to and even within woodlands.
As more people move from festering cities into wooded areas, building expensive homes that they expect taxpayer-funded fire departments to protect. Not unreasonable by itself.
Nature doesn’t stop growing and dying and accumulating volatile fuel just because most of us pay no attention until the flames are on TV. Every year, every acre of woodlands grows tons of potential fuel – fallen branches, brush, needles.
Douglas fir trees, for instance, look ever green((cq)) because they shed only 20 percent of their needles each fall. Like leaves only more flammable. The needles accumulate on the ground, year after year. Ever throw a fistful of dry needles onto a campfire? Whoosh! And little burning pieces rise on the hot air currents to spread the embers. That’s how Nature cleanses itself.
Here’s a News Flash for D.C.
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