Regarding Amber Phillips’ “The way we pay for wildfires could be making them worse” and Chris Mooney’s “Alaska’s terrifyingwildfire season and what it says about climate change” they say more about the treacherous state of environmental justification of the unjustifiable and the deceitful nature of the media in giving a patina of truth to venal pandering for money and power.
Yes, fires are bad. Yes, climates are always in a state of change and flux worldwide, historically and locally due to everything from sunspots and volcanoes to fall plowing and shifts of forests to agriculture or human living communities. Using such phenomenon (where I am writing this is a prairie that was once a rainforest and once covered by a glacier) to explain horrific Alaskan fires and compose budget justifications for government bureaucracies to bamboozle more money and authority out of Congress and appreciative Presidents is shameful.
The fires in Alaska and the western United States are entirely due to fire fuel accumulation on government land and landscapes inhospitable to access, fuel management or firefighting. Lands where timber management no longer exists; lands where timber companies and sawmills are extinct; lands where “endangered species” demands make water and other human values unavailable even to fight fires destroying private property; lands where grazing is being eliminated; lands where roads are bulldozed closed; lands where firewood collection is restricted; lands where hunting is disappearing thanks to government wolves and grizzly bears; lands where camping and hiking are less available and more dangerous thanks to government predators; lands that no longer generate revenue for federal owners, Local revenue, businesses, states, and the Local families and communities they increasingly isolate in penury: in short, whining about wildfires and how to pay for them by blaming climate or funding restrictions in a nation OVER $18 TRILLION IN DEBT while destroying the sustainable management of RENEWABLE NATURAL RESOURCES on government land for REVENUE and human benefit is akin to claiming Jewish property in Nazi Germany based on the fact that they “abandoned” it!
One need look no further than the incredible quote, “‘So less forest management gets done because the budgets are essentially raided’, says Tim Mahoney director of America’s Wilderness Program at the Pew Charitable Trusts. ‘It’s a terrible way to run an agency.’”?? “Hello out there: does anyone reading that understand what it says?”
The Pew “Charitable” millions, Wilderness advocacy and government Wilderness Declarations underpin all the other closures and torching of rural America by these advocates of environmental radicalism and the government mechanisms they have conquered and now control. They want “more” forest management like President Obama wants to sponsor gun raffles. “Management” is a euphemism they use to disguise the elimination of all “management” to be replaced by tyrannical control for purposes directly contrary for the reasons originally given in writing for government ownership. Timmy, the Pew and their ilk (the proper word anymore for Audubon; Wildlife Federation; Wilderness Society; Sierra Club; “Defenders” of Wildlife; The Nature Conservancy; and all the “Councils” and “Centers” with all their hidden agendas to destroy grazing, logging, hunting, fishing, trapping, gun ownership, rural communities, ranches, farms, roads, and other etceteras) ARE THE REASON for the fires and a national Treasury that can no longer even field a dependable national defense while being asked to spend more and more to protect perfidious government actions destroying rural American Societies and the communities and traditions once envied by all and unlike any other rural culture the world has ever known!
While whining about “climate change” and “insufficient” I recommend that like Pogo we look at our reflection in the pond to see who is the real “enemy” and then adapt the old doctor’s admonition and, “first, heal thyself”.
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Jim Beers is a retired US Fish & Wildlife Service Wildlife Biologist, Special Agent, Refuge Manager, Wetlands Biologist, and Congressional Fellow. He was stationed in North Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York City, and Washington DC. He also served as a US Navy Line Officer in the western Pacific and on Adak, Alaska in the Aleutian Islands. He has worked for the Utah Fish & Game, Minneapolis Police Department, and as a Security Supervisor in Washington, DC. He testified three times before Congress; twice regarding the theft by the US Fish & Wildlife Service of $45 to 60 Million from State fish and wildlife funds and once in opposition to expanding Federal Invasive Species authority. He resides in Eagan, Minnesota with his wife of many decades.
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