It Never Stops
The NY Times has a guest op-ed piece in today’s paper titled Why the West Is Burning, written by Roger Kennedy. For whatever reason I read it, even though I am not usually interested in this sort of issue. I figured the blame would be put on government intervention where it should not be, and environmentalists blocking controlled burns or underbrush removal. I was wrong. I will let Mr. Kennedy explain the error of my logic:
The killer fires in our history started on private land, and the worst of these disasters came amid the slash and dry tinder left by commercial lumbering.
Silly me. I should have known that it would be those damned private property owners and greedy capitalist timber companies who were to blame for all the fires.
Real remedies, of course, will cost money up front and be preventive