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‘Wildfires Are Greenie Fires’: How to Counter Climate Alarmism

Among the top Google News search results today for the term “climate crisis” is an article by EcoWatch titled “‘Wildfires Are Climate Fires’: How to Discuss the Climate Crisis.” For climate realists seeking to counter propaganda with the truth, try “Wildfires are Greenie Fires.”

The EcoWatch article quotes Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) stating, “These are not just wildfires, they are climate fires.” EcoWatch fawns over Inslee’s claim, saying Inslee’s statement “explicitly links record-breaking blazes … to global heating caused by the burning of coal, oil and gas.”

Except that asserted link doesn’t really exist.

As we documented in a recent article here on Climate Realism, wildfires globally are in long-term decline. NASA satellites have measured a 25-percent decrease in global lands burned since 2003.

Also, U.S. acres burned each year are much fewer now – even in our worst years – than was the case in the early 20th century.

Also, as documented in Climate at a Glance: Drought, drought in the United States is far less frequent and severe than in decades past. In two of the past three years, new records were set for the least amount of U.S. land experiencing drought. Also, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports we are currently enjoying the longest period in recorded history without more than 40 percent of the country experiencing “Very Dry” conditions.

The reason why wildfires in the U.S. West, and especially in Pacific Coast states, are becoming more severe in recent years is because federal, state, and local governments have followed environmental extremists’ demands that we no longer actively manage our forests. Proactive forest management requires thinning of forests, prescriptive burns, thinning of underbrush, and removal of dead trees that serve as super-fuel for forest fires. Environmental extremists have largely blocked these activities during the past 30 in the U.S. West, leading to explosive wildfire conditions that defy global trends.

Sadly and ironically, the very policies that we were told were necessary to protect forests and wildlife are the direct cause of an uptick in recent wildfires that are destroying forests and killing wildlife to a far more severe degree than proactive forest management. Blaming global warming rather than the true causes of severe wildfires will merely enable more severe wildfires in the future.

These are not “climate fires,” they are instead “greenie fires.”

The post ‘Wildfires Are Greenie Fires’: How to Counter Climate Alarmism appeared first on Climate Realism.

Heartland, CEI Press Conference Addresses California Wildfires

This morning, I joined Myron Ebell (Director of the Center for Energy and the Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute) and Steve Milloy (Board of Directors for The Heartland Institute) for a telephonic press conference regarding California’s wildfires and attempts to blame the wildfires on global warming. Media in attendance included:

  • Bloomberg News
  • Breitbart
  • CBN News
  • CNN
  • Daily Signal
  • InsideSources
  • PJ Media
  • Real Clear Politics
  • Reuters
  • The Federalist
  • The Washington Post
  • The Washington Times

After opening statements, we fielded questions from the press. Here is the text of my opening statement:

It is very troubling, and dangerous, for policymakers to blame climate change for wildfires that could have, and should have, been stifled by wise, proactive forest management. Asserting the climate change mantra may prove politically convenient for policymakers to shift attention away from their own poor policy decisions, but such misdirection fails to address the root cause of out-of-control wildfires that kill people, destroy ecosystems, and destroy people’s lives.

During recent decades, policymakers at the federal, state, and local levels have followed the disastrous advice of environmental extremists to prevent active forest management, including proactive thinning of forests, prescriptive burns, thinning of underbrush, and removal of dead trees that serve as super-fuel for forest fires.

A February 2018 report from the California state government documented “California’s forests suffer from neglect and mismanagement, resulting in overcrowding that leaves them susceptible to disease, insects and wildfire.”

When government officials ignore the California state government’s own findings, and instead continue to oppose active forest management, more severe, out-of-control wildfires become inevitable.

For those seeking to blame global warming, instead, for this year’s unusually severe wildfire season, how do they explain the fact that the amount of global land burned by wildfires is in long-term decline? NASA satellites have measured a 25-percent decline in land burned by wildfires globally since 2003. If global warming were to blame for California’s wildfires, we would expect to see a global increase in wildfires. Just the opposite is the case.

National Interagency Fire Center data show much more U.S. land burned in an average year during the first half of the 20th century – many decades of global warming ago – than has been the case in recent decades. That is at odds with the claim that global warming is making wildfires worse. However, policymakers following the dictates of environmental extremists risk a return to the more severe wildfire events of the early 20th century.

The tragic irony is the very policies that we were told were necessary to protect forests and wildlife are the direct cause of an uptick in recent wildfires that are destroying forests and killing wildlife to a far more severe degree than proactive forest management. Blaming global warming rather than the true causes of severe wildfires will merely enable continuing severe wildfires in the future. Let’s stop laying false blame on global warming and instead work together to be sound stewards of our forests and our environment.

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There Is No Climate Change Consensus

The media constantly tells us there’s a consensus that climate change is anthropogenic and catastrophic. Barack Obama tweeted something similar. Well, do scientific bodies agree? The Heartland Institute’s Andy Singer highlights that the scientific community does not agree with the media. There simply is no consensus.

The post There Is No Climate Change Consensus appeared first on Climate Realism.

Gov. Newsom Tweets Misleading Graph to Exaggerate California Warming

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) tweeted misleading and unverified information yesterday while attempting to score political points on climate change. Newsom claimed, “The evidence of climate change is all around us.” Instead, the evidence of Newsom’s attempts at spreading climate misinformation is all around us.

Newsom tweeted an image of a California temperature graph claiming 3 degrees of warming since 1980, along with the assertion, “There are no Democratic thermometers or Republican thermometers. The fact is — our average temperature has increased over the last 40 years. We’re experiencing record temperatures across CA. The hottest August on record. The evidence of climate change is all around us.”

It may be true that there are no Democratic thermometers or Republican thermometers, but Newsom proved there are politicians willing to misrepresent the thermometers.

If you examine below the graph that Newsom tweeted (see Figure 1, below), you will notice:

  • Newsom does not provide a source for the graph,
  • The “trend line” reflects a lower beginning temperature than it probably should,
  • The “trend line” reflects a higher ending temperature than it probably should,
  • The graph is not an annual temperature graph, but a “June – September” graph.

Because Newsom provided no source for the graph, we at Climate Realism pulled up the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) State Climate Summary for California. Figure 2, below, is a NOAA graph showing no recent increase in the frequency of hot summer days.

Figure 3, below, is a NOAA graph showing no recent decline in annual precipitation.

If we assume, for the sake of argument, that Newsom’s unsourced graph is accurate, the underlying data do not appear very alarming. As seen in Figure 4, below, NOAA documents that any increase in summer California temperatures is primarily due to temperatures not getting quite as cool at night, rather than any increase in daytime temperatures.

Of course, if climate change is the reason for any asserted increase in California temperatures, we should see a similar temperature increase beyond the state of California. NOAA in 2005 brought online the world’s most accurate network of temperature stations, with stations spread relatively evenly throughout the contiguous United States. As seen in Figure 5, below, the NOAA temperature network reports that there has been no warming in the United States since at least 2005. Any California warming during recent years is not reflected in the nationwide data and would appear to be an aberration, rather than signs of a wider warming.

In summary, Gavin Newsom tweeted an unsourced temperature graph that – even if it is accurate – captures just a small and misleading snapshot of California climate. Data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show that if “the evidence for climate change is all around us,” it is evidence of a mole hill, not a mountain.

[Gavin Newsom photo courtesy of JD Lasic, socialmedia.biz, Wikimedia Commons]

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Trump was right. It will start getting colder – Video

“We are now about to dive into the ice-age cycle,” warns Ben Davidson over at Suspicious Observers.

“Half of the Arctic warming, or a third of all global warming, is due to ozone loss at the Polar regions,” says Ben. “Earth magnetic-field weakening is significant cause of proton destruction of that layer.”

“At this same time we have seen volcanic cooling drop to the lowest levels in hundreds of years if not more a thousand.”

“We are now about to dive into the ice-age cycle.”

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