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Michelle Malkin: Global Warming Blame-ologists Play with Fire

Litigious environmental groups have sabotaged preventive mitigation efforts, creating a tinderbox in the West

By Michelle Malkin | @michellemalkin |

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Good news: The Waldo Canyon fire, which forced 32,000 residents (including our family) to flee, claimed two lives and destroyed 347 homes, is now 100 percent contained. Bad news: Radical environmentalists won’t stop blowing hot air about this year’s infernal season across the West.

Al Gore slithered out of the political morgue to bemoan nationwide heat records and pimp his new “Climate Reality Project,” which blames global warming for the wildfire outbreak. NBC meteorologist Doug Kammerer asserted: “If we did not have global warming, we wouldn’t see this.” Agriculture Department Undersecretary Harris Sherman, who oversees the U.S. Forest Service, claimed to the Washington Post: “The climate is changing, and these fires are a very strong indicator of that.”

And the Associated Press (or rather, the Activist Press) lit the fear-mongering torch with an eco-propaganda piece titled “U.S. summer is what ‘global warming will look like.’”

The problem is that the actual conclusions of scientists included in AP’s screed don’t back up the apocalyptic headline. As the reporter acknowledges under that panicky banner:

“Scientifically linking individual weather events to climate change takes intensive study, complicated mathematics, computer models and lots of time. Sometimes it isn’t caused by global warming. Weather is always variable; freak things happen.”

So, this U.S. summer may or may not really look like “what global warming looks like.” Kinda. Sorta. Possibly. Possibly not.

Furthermore, the AP reporter concedes, the “global” nature of the warming and its supposed catastrophic events have “been local. Europe, Asia and Africa aren’t having similar disasters now, although they’ve had their own extreme events in recent years.”

A more hedging headline would have been journalistically responsible, but Chicken Little-ism better serves the global warming blame-ologists’ agenda.

More inconvenient truths: As the Washington Times noted last week, the National Climatic Data Center shows that “Colorado has actually seen its average temperature drop slightly from 1998 to 2011, when data is collected only from rural stations and not those that have been urbanized since 1900.”

Radical green efforts to block logging and timber sales in national forests since the 1990s are the real culprits. Wildlife mitigation experts point to incompetent forest management and militant opposition to thinning the timber fuel supply.

Another symptom of green obstructionism: widespread bark beetle infestations.

The Forest Service itself reported last year: “During the last part of the 20th century, widespread treatments in lodgepole pine stands that would have created age class diversity, enhanced the vigor of remaining trees and improved stand resiliency to drought or insect attack — such as timber harvest and thinning — lacked public acceptance. Proposals for such practices were routinely appealed and litigated, constraining the ability of the Forest Service to manage what had become large expanses of even-aged stands susceptible to a bark beetle outbreak.”

Capitulation to lawsuit-happy green thugs, in others, undermined “public acceptance” of common sense, biodiversity-preserving and lifesaving timber harvest and thinning practices.

Local, state and federal officials offered effusive praise for my fellow Colorado Springs residents who engaged in preventive mitigation efforts in their neighborhoods. The government flacks said it made a life-and-death difference. Yet, litigious environmental groups have sabotaged such mitigation efforts at the national level — in effect, creating an explosive tinderbox out of the West.

Stoking global warming alarms may make for titillating headlines and posh Gore confabs. But it’s a human blame avoidance strategy rooted in ideological extremism and flaming idiocy.

Michelle Malkin is author of Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies. Click here for more information. She can be contacted at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow her on Twitter: @michellemalkin.

» on 07.09.12 @ 02:59 PM

Is Malkin really this stupid? If not its a remarkable skill to be so good at propaganda… amazing really.

I do hope that Noozhawk does not pay her for her articles, she really isnt worth payment for this woefully ignorant propaganda laced drivel…

» on 07.09.12 @ 03:19 PM

“But it’s a human blame avoidance strategy rooted in ideological extremism and flaming idiocy.”

You’re projecting again Michelle!  Stop thinking about the tea party!

» on 07.09.12 @ 08:47 PM

Both comments above ridicule the author but provide no insight as to why. Nice, but try again.

What Malkin was pointing out is the lunacy of using weather phenomena to either promote (as with the left) or deny (as with the right) AGW. Global warming is real but behaves much like the tides, its slow moving and regular. Weather is more like the waves on top of the tide, variable and less predictable. We will see many changes in weather that have little to do with global climate, so it is better to track climate change over a very long period.

Malkin also points out the short sighted knee jerk policies of the radical environmental movement which actually made things worse. The knee jerking was in response to recent policies by corporate timber harvesting companies to “clear cut” rather than “selective cut” forest stands. This led to the widespread abolishing of timber harvesting, mostly on federal lands. Clear cutting still occurs on private land and is every bit as destructive as the “no cut” policy on federal land. The selective cutting practices that some timber companies employed were basically thrown out when junk bond pirates raided timber companies and looted their timber stocks for quick profits.

Point is there is a lot of blame to throw around if you look below the surface. Bad harvesting due to Wall Street fat cats looting companies and equally bad harvesting done in response by knee jerking envirowhackos does no one any good at all as Michelle has learned the hard way.  But just pointing crooked partisan fingers won’t solve the problem either.

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