Among the multitude of indisputable facts about Democrats: Every time a mass shooting occurs, they blame the NRA and law-abiding gun owners. And every time a hurricane, major flood, tornado, dry period, wet period, or wildfire occurs, they blame climate change.
Such was the case with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday, as she cited “Mother Earth” being “angry” as the cause for Western wildfires currently ravaging California, Oregon, and Washington.
During an appearance on MSNBC, Pelosi said:
‘We have these fires in California and in the West. Sixteen people have died in Washington, Oregon and California, including a firefighter and 1-year-old baby. Our firefighters have been so very, very courageous.
“Now we’re again breaking records. Mother Earth is angry; she telling us. Whether she’s telling us hurricanes on the Gulf coast, fires in the West, whatever it is, that climate crisis is real and has an impact.
“I came over the weekend back to Washington — it was unhealthy and smoky; that was how they described the air then. Now it has gotten much worse, and I’m hearing regularly, on the ongoing [sic] from my constituents about the concern they have about the fires and the air quality; the loss of life and over 3 million acres burned.
“That is a historic number.”
“Whatever it is, it’s proof that the climate crisis is real,” explained the world renowned expert on all things climate and weather related.
Hang on, a minute.
Not to pour water on Pelosi’s distinguished analysis of the cause of hurricanes in the Gulf, or wildfires in the West, but she admitted she doesn’t even know what “it” is. Nonetheless, the queen of wealth redistribution is certain “it” is caused by climate change — er — the Left’s new buzzphrase, “climate crisis.”
Thusly, there is no other explanation for recent hurricanes, and ongoing wildfires. What kind of climate science is that? “I don’t know what it is, yup, yup, but the climate crisis is to blame.”
And these people wonder why the sane among us ridicule them.
Perhaps, just perhaps, there are other potential causes for recent continuing wildfires and recent weather occurrences to consider.
As reported by ABC News, one of the last weekend’s destructive wild fires was caused by a gender reveal party photo shoot gone bad.
And as reported by The New York Times on Friday:
Many others are caused by more mundane human actions, like driving a car that sends soot into dry vegetation, as was the case with the Apple Fire in Southern California this year.
Still others have been caused by power transmission lines or other utility equipment, which may spark and ignite fires in remote areas. Pacific Gas and Electric equipment caused the deadly Camp Fire in 2018.
In Oregon, The Statesman Journal reported that fires in the Santiam Canyon area were ignited when falling trees knocked down power lines.
In a RedState piece on Wednesday, titled Separating Fact From Fiction About Wildfires, H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D, a research fellow on energy and the environment, wrote:
“Due to much of the western United States being naturally arid, high mountain scrub desert, grassland, and dry forest, wildfires are an unfortunate fact of life. They always have been and likely always will be.
“And despite what you may have heard, there is no evidence climate change is making the problem worse.
“California, where much of the attention on wildfires has been focused in recent years, because it has a large population and major media outlets are located there, was one of the least populated (and lowest population density) regions of the country before European colonizers spread across the continent.
“Research shows droughts in the region have on occasion lasted on the order of a hundred years. And there is evidence massive wildfires regularly swept through the region historically.
“Indeed, a 2007 paper in the journal Forest Ecology and Management found prior to European colonization in the 1800s, more than 4.4 million acres of California forest and shrub-land burned annually, far more than the area of California that has burned since 2000, which ranges from 90,000 acres to 1,590,000 acres per year.”
Burnett warned against falling victim to news coverage and false claims that climate is to blame for wildfires.
“Although one wouldn’t know it from the news coverage and alarming, but false, claims that climate change is making wildfires more frequent and severe, the opposite is true.
“A 2012 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found wildfires in the western United States attained “the lowest levels … during the 20th century and during the Little Ice Age.”
Burnett cited a growing population, along a growth in buildings and infrastructure as among the major contributors of wildfires. He concluded the piece with an admonition:
“When it comes to wildfires, to co-opt the immortal words of naval officer Oliver Hazard Perry, ‘we have met the enemy, and it is, not climate change, but us.’”
Did I mention that Burnett is a Ph.D. and research fellow on energy and the environment at The Heartland Institute, a nonpartisan, nonprofit research center headquartered in Arlington Heights, Illinois?
Big whoop. When it comes to all things weather or natural disaster related, this poser ain’t got nothin’ on San Fran Nan. Just ask her; she’ll gleefully tell you all about it. Ad nauseam.
Besides, Nancy Pelosi has never seen a taxpayer dollar she hasn’t tried to redistribute. You do know that’s what this is all about, right?