The other day I reported on the California wildfires.
In the comments section, I pointed out the obvious: the California wildfires occur more frequently and with increasing ferocity because forest and brush are not properly thinned, thereby providing fuel for blazes.
And the villains in this disaster are eco-fanatics who intimidate the U.S. Forest Service with threats of litigation.
I ended my post with this prediction:
I’m waiting for some nitwit to blame the fires on, ahem, climate change, or maybe they’ll just point accusing fingers at George Bush and Dick Cheney, reliably safe and PC targets for, well, everything.
Well, the nitwit has stepped forward:
Rep. Linda Sanchez, the Democratic congresswoman from California’s 39th Congressional District, appeared on MSNBC’s Sept. 1 “Andrea Mitchell Reports” and did just that. She told the show’s fill-in host Tamron Hall that these wildfires have increased in “magnitude” over the years. And she knew why.
“Yeah, it’s really interesting because I’m a native Californian, born and raised here and periodically we would have fought wildfires when I was younger, but nothing of the magnitude that we’ve seen in the last several years,” Sanchez said. “And, obviously, a big contributing factor to that is that we’re in drought condition. We don’t, we aren’t receiving the amount of rainfall that we should or, quite frankly, that in years past we did.”
But Sanchez blamed this lack of rainfall on changing weather patterns made possible by global warming for her perception that wildfires that there has been an increase in wildfires.
“I think that also is a signal that our weather patterns are changing and I think that that is further evidence that, you know global warming and the need to do something about it is going to affect us sooner rather than later and I can’t think of a better example than the fact that we’ve had now these habitual wildfires just about every year,” Sanchez said.
Okay, that’s one nitwit down.
Waiting for nitwit #2 to blame Bush and Cheney.