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Weaponization of wildfires reaches fever pitch

November 2, 2019

By Paul Homewood

 

Joe Bastardi writes at CFACT:

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There are a myriad of reasons for why some wildfire seasons are worse than others. The last 3  springs I have made predictions for big wildfire seasons based on one of the factors,  winter and spring rainfall, the ironic thing is if people that weaponize every event were right, and the Perma drought they were forecasting was going on,  there would be much less rain, You see, the more it rains in the winter and spring, the more foliage you are going to have in spring, which, due to the FACT THAT CALIFORNIA IS NORMALLY DRY IN THE SUMMER, is going to dry out and add some extra fuel. This is by no means the only reason but it helps tip the scale,  So this is no surprise, it is like saying there are hurricanes in the hurricane season, guess what? Most years someone is going to get hit and years that they don’t, or wildfires do less damage, are the exception, not the rule, especially with more people living in the way.

Secondly, I have seen this pattern before, with the monster ridge over Alaska driving a strong trough down the west coast. It is extreme but nothing like we haven’t seen before. It leads to extreme cold into the US.  As the plains continue to experience in defiance of climate models that a month ago had nowhere near the cold that has showed up.

It is extremely tough to write this, because my heart truly goes out to people who are being devastated by these events,  They become pawns in the game that is being played, weaponizing every weather event and showing the misery of people who are hit by these things, The natural compassion in almost all of us, tugs at our heartstrings.  It makes anyone that brings up facts to put it in perspective,  seem heartless and cruel.  Yet we must deal with the reality, there are many many people.  ( 3x more) living in California than there were in the 1950s,  This means more people are in harm’s way, but it also means that the problems inherent in greater populations will occur,  More people in the woods, perhaps mistakenly starting fires. Or the power gird problems, these are enhanced by the insistence that we should not be clearing out more deadwood. There are many reasons, but what is used as the example by media that has become a willing accomplice in making sure the issue is one-sided?  CLIMATE CHANGE.  And its pushed by people in charge in an effort to a) hide the realities I am going to show in 2 graphics below and b) advance their agenda.

So this is the “new normal”? If we look since 1980, the acreage burned has been increasing.

But the new normal? Thank goodness its not the old normal. Look at the  ENTIRE PICTURE!   They want to go back to compare temperatures today to  nearly 100  years ago. Well why not with this issue? Maybe someone doesn’t want people to know the big picture.

image.gifAny logical person looking at this would see it was far worse before,  in spite of the increase in population and unnatural causes of wildfires.

If you  DON’T KNOW THE ENTIRE PICTURE  you wouldn’t see how bad it was before.

It appears this is yet another case of weaponizing weather events to push an agenda, without showing the other side of the argument. It is like this across the board, now.  There is a reason to question, more so than ever, but one has to look, not just accept what they are being told.

Remember what you see up there, its also proof, when it comes to devastating events like wildfires, we are far better off than we were a hundred years ago. Fossil fuels have played a big part in the advancement of mankind. WE DO NOT OWN NATURE. We reside and advance here in some cases, despite nature,  The idea that man can create a Utopian Garden of Eden seems ignorant of what nature can do and an exercise in arrogance of those believing that. This is not to discourage advancement, Quite the opposite, it is to show we are advancing but we are doing so with the tools the people hiding facts like what you see plainly above in the graphics, want to get rid of.

Is there more acreage being burned than 1980? Yes, But there are many reasons other than climate change, and it is not nearly as bad as it was 100 years ago. As in so many things, there are 2 sides to the story, though with the meteorological media madness today, you would never know it.

https://www.cfact.org/2019/10/29/weaponization-of-wildfires-reaches-fever-pitch/?mc_cid=b682b14c3f&mc_eid=d5e6b5270d

 

Just to add some graphs from NOAA, which back up Joe’s explanation:

 

First, winter and spring rainfall in California was, as we can see, well above average this year, thus causing the growth in foliage he talks about:

 

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Fast forward to the current situation, and we find that rainfall since June, whole slightly below average, is at a level seen very often since 1895:

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Finally, temperatures during September were actually below average:

 

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14 Comments
  1. November 2, 2019 2:28 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate- Science.press.

  2. Tim Spence permalink
    November 2, 2019 3:05 pm

    The takeaway point here is really quite chilling, Gavin Newsom is happy to see people incinerated to prove climate change is real, a bit like Phil Jones wanting an el Niño to prove his climate theory. These people, quite simply are not human.

    The California saga is a book waiting to be written, after the fires in recent years, one in particular where all the trees were untouched but the power lines and houses were in ashes, PG&E were facing bankruptcy but the official investigation blamed a small private generator to get PG&E out of deep water.

    Shameful.

  3. Malcolm Bell permalink
    November 2, 2019 3:58 pm

    A friend of mine lives outside Oregon. He tells me there are several hundred people living feral in the huge areas of woods as a preferred life style. How many people are living in the California woods for the same “outback/frontiersman” reasons? How many of them are the source of fires either by accident, malice or to “prove global warming”?

    • MrGrimNasty permalink
      November 2, 2019 4:27 pm

      Although it was denied last year by the alarmists and MSM, it is obviously now undeniable (given the court cases and grid being shut down during times of high fire risk), most of the worst fires have been caused by the electricity distribution network falling into disrepair owing to the companies being forced to divert $billions to green rubbish, and the failure to carry out preventative vegetation maintenance and controlled burning because the eco-nutjobs didn’t like it.

      The worst fires over the last 2 years are the direct result of energy and environmental policy in California i.e. climate policy, not climate change.

      A modern subterranean power distribution network is far less likely to start fires – especially from damage by contact with trees blowing in the wind!

      • It doesn't add up... permalink
        November 3, 2019 3:00 pm

        A modern subterranean power distribution network may be OK for low distribution voltages in cities, but it has about ten times the cost of transmission towers for high voltage transmission networks. It is simply not viable as a means to bring in power from (coal fired) Four Corners, hydro from Oregon etc.

  4. November 2, 2019 4:13 pm

    Three articles (excerpts below) published earlier this year, lay out the unequivocal evidence in socialist CA.
    One can only imagine what would happen elsewhere under a “Green New Deal”
    Please pay special attention to the chart embedded in the first article. And don’t expect the mainstream media to emphasize this glaring failure of socialistic policies or its implications for the next administration. More likely, they will continue to bleat the “climate change” trope as they do to excuse most of the world’s problems.
    Harvey

    (1)
    PG&E Gets Burned For California Wildfires
    Forbes
    By Ariel Cohen Feb. 9 2019
    The Pacific Gas and Electric Corporation is facing upwards of $30 billion in liabilities for its alleged fault in dozens of wildfires between 2017 and 2018, including November’s ‘Camp Fire’ – now the single most destructive wildfire in California’s history. This is a big problem for a utility that has a net present value of roughly $12 billion and only $2 billion worth of insurance coverage. It is also a blow for California’s proclaimed transition to renewable energy by 2045.
    A major disaster, the ‘Camp Fire’ has thus far burned an area the size of Chicago, killed 86 people, razed 14,000 homes, and caused nearly $7 billion in damages. Massive lawsuits ensued. Unsurprisingly, PG&E filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last Tuesday (Jan 29), citing ‘extraordinary challenges’ in the face of outsize liability costs and lawsuits connected with the disasters.
    Unfortunately, when the smoke clears, it may be California’s utility shareholders, customers, and green energy sector writ large that ultimately pay the price.
    Who is to blame? PG&E, state lawmakers, or climate change?
    An initial examination indicates that a damaged PG&E electric pole and powerline was the source of the record-setting blaze, though the investigation is still ongoing. There is alleged evidence of PG&E negligence including their refusal to address complaints of sparks along some of their transmission lines, as well as repeated failures to shut off powerlines amidst high winds in the area before the fire broke out. Claimants allege a continued pattern of carelessness exhibited by PG&E, and the utility could face criminal charges if found guilty. It is important to note that, unique to stringent California law, a public utility is liable if its equipment caused a fire, even if the company was in compliance with safety policies…
    The Little Hoover Commission, an independent state oversight agency, concluded in their report that California has suffered from years of forest mismanagement and neglect – an issue further complicated by the fact that over 50% of forest land is owned by the federal government. With the USDA Forest Service facing significant budget cuts (federal funding for wildfire management was slashed by $700 million between 2017 and 2018), the implementation of effective land management in federal forests is only becoming more onerous. The report sensibly calls for increased controlled burns and harvesting to reduce the number of trees available to burn when a fire breaks out, but acknowledges that costs can be prohibitive.
    It will not be the last time this tragedy strikes California, and it certainly isn’t the first.
    In addition to lawsuits from the 2018 wildfires, PG&E is said to be responsible for 17 other fires that scorched Northern California since 2017. PG&E was convicted for felonies in its role in the 2017 San Bruno Fire and was found guilty of negligence in the devastating Sierra Fire back in 1994. This includes inadequate maintenance and upkeep of infrastructure and failure to remove trees and branches in close proximity to equipment.
    “PG&E has done perhaps more than any other U.S. utility company to decarbonize its energy supply,” according to the Washington Post, but have failed to address the current threat of wildfires intensified by climate change. PG&E has yet to adequately bury power lines in high-risk areas, only using half the money budgeted for the important safety measure (see chart below).

    PG&E records indicate a pattern of underspending in power line burial.

    California’s lawmakers are not blameless either. In an (admirable) effort to push for a cleaner and more efficient power sector, state leaders pressured utilities like PG&E to meet ambitious renewable energy requirements. This caused PG&E to redirect company resources away from basic maintenance and upkeep of existing infrastructure. Senate Bill 100 – which aims to make California’s electric grid fossil-fuel free by 2045 – is one such lofty green energy target. PG&E spent $44 billion on power purchase agreements with renewable providers but only 1.5 billion on maintenance expenses in 2017…

    Ariel Cohen
    I am a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and the Founding Principal of International Market Analysis, a Washington, D.C.-based global risk advisory boutique.

    (2) Solar energy–a direct contributor to the 2018 “Thomas Fire:”

    “The transformer exploded around 7 p.m. at the end of a sunny day. Around that time, because of the solar energy mandates implemented under former Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, California’s power grid must ramp up in the evening with conventional energy when the sun goes down. This cannot be done incrementally and gradually. Instead, California’s power grid experiences what is known as a “duck curve” as solar energy drops off and conventional energy ramps up.”

    Source—
    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/solar-energy-may-have-caused-californias-wildfires

    (3) Pressure from “environmentalists:”

    “…public agencies and officials succumbed to pressure by environmental groups who pushed for fire-management policies that take a reactive posture (fire suppression), rather than a proactive stance (fire prevention and active management). Although the hope was to preserve land in its “natural state,” this approach set the stage for horrific wildfires by allowing excessive growth of fuels.”
    http://www.independent.org/publications/article.asp?id=12834&gclid=Cj0KCQjw6eTtBRDdARIsANZWjYYZSex_q61Wf7_2NMZd28iLit2kyBZui9P7Ik_QUHPeP9LjVfqKN7UaAlAFEALw_wcB

  5. Jackington permalink
    November 2, 2019 8:02 pm

    Credit where it’s due; I’ve been waiting with baited breath during the whole of this latest catastrophe but the BBC to my knowledge has never yet mentioned climate change as the cause.

  6. john cooknell permalink
    November 2, 2019 8:55 pm

    In California, I do not understand why the buildings are built of combustible material in an area of known wildfire risk. Surely this just adds to the fire load of the forest, and increases the overall risk.

    The pictures from California show the forest survives the fire in a much better state than the buildings.

    My observation is the wildfires in the Mediterranean seem to leave the buildings alone as they are made of concrete and brick maybe.

    An area for research, but as it isn’t driven by Climate Change hysteria maybe not.

  7. November 2, 2019 10:37 pm

    The California state congress approved cutting back the trees near hydro lines but the governor vetoed it two years ago.He said it was unnecessary. Rich populations have moved to the hills to avoid the problems in the cities. Private hydro companies are mandated to hook them up to power. When the wind blows hard , the trees come down and the wires sparking cause fires.I read an article on this yesterday. California is a desert and they have created their own man made fire box.Stupid planning and no resources to reduce the risks.The Ronald Regan library was saved by goats eating bush and buildings built to with stand fire. So the Federal government knows the risks but the state wants to ignore. No different than Fort Mac in oil country in Canada building subdivisions in a mature forest that was ready to burn. Blame everything on climate change,it is easier than taking responsibility for poor decisions

  8. November 2, 2019 11:16 pm

    Record West Coast heat and unprecedented wildfires are wreaking havoc in California while it it is snowing in Texas. What’s wrong with this picture? Could it be climate engineering.

    • November 3, 2019 10:34 am

      What is “record” about the West coast temps or wildfires?

  9. November 4, 2019 3:36 am

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

  10. Tony Budd permalink
    November 4, 2019 7:30 pm

    After all, “California” in Spanish means “Hot oven” – maybe there’s a hint in the name?

  11. saparonia permalink
    November 5, 2019 1:08 pm

    Paul, at least there are people like yourself who do look into the real story and educate as much as you can. This year I noticed our local council here in UK put huge skips on the streets for people to put their rubbish in a couple of days before Guy Fawkes Night.
    Now Bonfire Night (Guy Fawkes) is something we all love and usually people start with fireworks and bonfires a week before and it goes on for a week afterwards. I was curious to see how many people don’t have their usual fun and am very happy to say that everything is as it’s always been and we are all happily celebrating Guy Fawkes. The truth is getting through that we’re being scammed.
    Remember remember the fifth of November
    The gunpowder treason and plot
    There is no reason why gunpowder treason
    Should ever be forgot.

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