A Billings Gazette op-ed quotes Steve Running, one of the great high priests of those who worship at the altar of environmentalism, as stating:
Since 1986, longer, warmer summers have resulted in a fourfold
increase of major wildfires and a sixfold increase in the area of forest
burned, compared to the period from 1970 to 1986.
Wow! That's a 600% increase in wildfires. Perhaps it's true. After all, CBS runs videos of wildfires in California burning down homes and destorying neighborhoods practically every week.
Thanks to the Heartland Institute, data from the National Interagency Fire Center--which has wildfire statistics going back 50+ years,wildfires have decreased, not increased, as global temperatures have risen:
- In 1986, there were 85k wildfires.
- In 2013, there were 47k wildfires.
- There were fewer wildfires in 2013 than in any year since 1984.
- In 2014, there have been 38k wildfires.
Is the great high priest--one of the stormiest of the stormy petirls--being artfully deceptive?
Not exactly. The term Running used to justify his mathematics is "major" wildfires. Under the Obama administration, policy concerning wildfires has changed. Today, wildfire policy allows wildfires to burn freely, until the fires begin to pose a threat to humans. This change of definition has the policy impact of requiring firefighters to allow small wildfires to burn until they become much larger blazes.
The result? A 50% increase in acreage burned in 2013 compared to 1986, despite 50%+ less wildfires actually taking place in 2013.
Getting regulators to change a definition to support the data that, in turn, will promote the dogma. How's that for honest and forthright discourse?
Let the discussion begin...
To read the Billings Gazette op-ed, click on the following link:http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/guest/guest-opinion-global-warming-makes-firefighting-more-dangerous/article_a863e51f-5ae7-5fe0-b018-98b6952041ad.html
To read the Heartland Institute report, click on the following link:
"Sorry, Steve Running, Wildfires Are Decreasing with Global Warming."