Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi demonstrated her ignorance of science and reality the other day.
“Mother Earth is angry,” Speaker Pelosi says, discussing wildfires burning in California. “She’s telling us with hurricanes on the Gulf Coast, fires in the West, whatever it is…the climate crisis is real and has an impact.”
What’s wrong with this picture?
- For a start, there’s no such thing as Mother Earth. Earth is a planet, not a person, and no amount of anthropomorphism or personification will change that.
- Next, hurricanes on the Gulf Coast (or anywhere else) have been around since long before the human race arose. They’ll probably be here long after we’ve gone.
- As for the climate crisis, look at the historical record. The climate is always changing. It happens in the short (e.g. El Niño or La Niña) or the long (e.g. geologic time scale) term, and everything in between, locally, regionally or globally. The record visible in nature tells us that. (Admittedly, climate change may be happening faster now than in past times, thanks to various factors.)
- Finally, the fires out West aren’t just a natural phenomenon. We know why they’re so destructive at present – because for decades, good forest management practices have been stymied by environmentalists and politically correct hacks.
Besides natural factors, people – both arsonists and those who accidentally ignite fires – are a primary cause of the problem. One study claims that up to 84% of wildfires are human-ignited, with arsonists responsible for up to 21%. The evidence to support that statement is massive and undeniable. I note that the FBI and other law enforcement agencies in Oregon have stated that there’s no evidence Antifa or Black Lives Matter, both responsible for most of the riots and unrest in that state, have deliberately started wildfires. In the absence of hard evidence I’m prepared to accept that. Nevertheless, arsonists – whatever their political beliefs – are indeed starting many of the fires. A Web site is correlating and aggregating news reports and other sources about arson and the current wildfires, and it’s horrifying to read. Click over there and see for yourself.
What boggles my mind is that when the primary solution to the problem – better forest management practices – is so well understood, there’s still such enormous opposition to it from environmentalists and the politicians they control. This isn’t rocket science: it’s basic stuff. Remove the fuel, and the fire can’t burn. If our forests were properly managed, even arsonists couldn’t cause nearly as much damage or as many casualties as wildfires do now. Yet, every year, there are screams of outrage from the enviroloonies whenever someone points out the truth. They don’t believe in science at all, but in some weird fantasy that allows them to deny truth and impose their falsehoods on the rest of us – and people are dying because of it.
No, Ms. Pelosi. Mother Earth isn’t angry. This is our fault, for allowing idiots to set policy and mismanage our world.