The western regions of these United States are facing an unprecedented catastrophe in the form of several raging wildfires of extraordinary size.
Film taken of the ordeal is incredibly frightening.
Of course, the left has turned already to blaming climate change for these fires. And the torrential rains in the southeast. And the hurricanes. And literally anything else.
But what is truly the underlying cause here? Or, more importantly, what are the most pertinent actions that we can take moving forward to prevent such tragedy again? Secretary of the Department of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, has an idea.
U.S. Department of Interior Secretary (DOI) Ryan Zinke told Breitbart News Saturday that “environmental terrorist groups” are, in part, responsible for the deadly wildfires in the Western United States. Wildfires have charred hundreds of thousands of acres and caused loss of life, including six firefighters.
Zinke said, while it is true that wildfire seasons have grown dryer and hotter, the underlying cause of the fires themselves is because of the “fuel load” of dead timber and other combustible matter littering forests.
“We have been held hostage by these environmental terrorist groups that have not allowed public access — that have refused to allow [the] harvest of timber,” Zinke told Washington Deputy Political Editor Amanda House on Breitbart News Saturday on SiriusXM Patriot 125.
And this has been true for a good, long time. Managing forests has been integral to the ecosystem for decades, and recognized by leading scientists as the most effective manner in which to produce wood and paper products as well.
We can’t allow the idea of liberal guilt to skew science in such a way, and a far more active plan for forestry needs to be developed before the whole nation goes up in flames.