Surprise! We’re NOT Seeing 'Historic Highs' In US Forest Fires – AT ALL

P. Gardner Goldsmith | September 28, 2020
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If one were to give the oh-so-trustworthy California Governor Gavin Newsom (D), Senator Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) any credence, one would think that, as Salon Queen Nancy said, “Mother Nature is angry” at man, and that so-called “anthropogenic climate change” is to blame for what are, undoubtedly, unprecedented fires in the United States.

If one actually were blessed with a modicum of independent thought, discernment, and alacrity, one might recall the long list of sketchy, unconstitutional, anti-rights offenses all of them have committed, and remember that just over a week ago, Newsom and Harris violated property rights by standing on the charred remains of a California family so that said politicians could engage in a photo-op and spout their Climate Change nonsense.

And if one runs into those blowhards, one might want to mention to them that their alarmism about the world burning and forest fires raging at unprecedented levels is utterly bogus.

As Jon Miltimore writes for The Foundation for Economic Education:

(T)he claim that 2020 is one of the worst in US history is simply not true.

And Miltimore notes:

Fortunately, data from the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) offer some answers. So far in 2020, the US has experienced 42,809 total fires that burned a total of 7,015,956. These numbers are indeed above the ten-year average—45,711 fires and 5,963,782 acres. However, 2020 is unlikely to exceed the number of fires or acreage burned just three years ago in 2017.

But, can’t we trust politicians and bureaucrats who have numerous incentives to aggrandize power unto themselves on the backs of claims of “crisis?”

Many will argue that 2017 was one of the worst fire seasons in US history, a claim that was reported numerous times during the fires season. But Bjorn Lomborg pointed out these claims were also not true.

What does Lomborg say?

’The National Interagency Fire Center curiously – and somewhat conveniently – only shows the annual burnt area back to 1960, when fire suppression indeed was going strong, and hence we had some of the lowest amounts of burnt forests ever,’” wrote Lomborg, a Danish author and President of the Copenhagen Consensus Center.

But, hold on. The pop media… so many thespians, both in Hollywood and the halls of government power! They – they said it’s our fault!! Climate warming global change – or something like that!! It’s a CRIIIIIIIIIIISIS!!!!!!!

Not quite. Writes Miltimore:

News agencies and NIFC were simply ignoring all data prior to 1960. When this data is included, one sees 2017’s record setting fires burned about one fifth of the acreage of fires in 1930 and 1931. These were peak years, but they were not exactly anomalies, Lomborg pointed out. The entire data set, a quarter century of figures that comes from the official record of the United States, shows the yearly average between 1926 and 1952 was several times higher than the peaks of today.

Whatever. Look. What are you gonna trust? Your own ability to gather information and figure things out? Your own awareness of how poorly government manages environmental concerns because it has no private property incentive and actually smothers private property incentives thanks to political favoritism and fascism?

Or politicians and politically-connected and funded bureaucrats and politically-tied and funded professors?

Nancy Pelosi, Gavin Newsom, and Kamala Harris are relying on you to keep believing the fiction.

While they set fire to the rest of your rights, to science, to truth, and the U.S. Constitution.