“The bottom line of the real fire data produced by the State of California and in the peer-reviewed literature is clear: there has been no upward trend in the number of wildfires in California during the past decades,” Mass wrote on his blog. “In fact, the frequency of fires has declined,” he wrote. “And in most of the state, there has not been an increasing trend in area burned during the past several decades.”
CFACT policy advisor Larry Bell reports on the disastrous mismanagement of America's Western forests by federal officials and the tremendous cost in human and plant and animal life and quality of life these policies have fostered. As Rep. Tom McClintock says, "These laws have not only failed to improve our forest environment, but they are literally killing our forests."
Global warming campaigners want us to believe that history started yesterday; the better for them to "cherry pick" the starting point of a data series to create the false impression that natural phenomena are worse today than in the past. Their claims don't survive fact checking.
While the UN’s latest global warming report rightfully lowers alarm about the link between climate change and extreme weather events, it does warn of increased risk of wildfires. But according to Dr. David Evans, a statistician and climate policy expert in Australia, it is fuel loads of combustible trees that pose the much greater risk.
President Obama and the mainstream media are flat-out lying about wildfires in 2013. His brand-new executive order, Prearing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change, addresses an increase in wildfires -- but the number of wildfires in the U.S. through November 1 is the lowest in a decade, down 20% from the 2012 totals, and less than half the number and half the acreage burned as in 2006. What else are they lying about?