I don’t want to be accused of being a “climate denier” (I do believe there is a climate) or of being so anti-science that I disagree with Nancy Pelosi when she warns us, “Mother Earth is angry.” But if we’re ever going to get the terrible wildfires in California under control, it’s necessary to look at real facts and not simply accept overheated claims that “manmade climate change” is entirely to blame for the fires – something that even Gov. Gavin Newsom recently admitted wasn’t true.

Toward that end, I thought I’d point you to a couple of recent reports that look at real statistics and history of both wildfires and weather trends to see if the environmental left’s claims about droughts, temperature and forest fires (pardon the expression) hold water.

First, check out this report from the Foundation for Economic Education.

It asks the provocative question, if global climate changes are to blame for California’s fires, why aren’t other places with forests on fire? Texas, for instance, has more forest acreage than California and a hotter climate, but it’s not burning down. California's winds get blamed, but those have been blowing for millennia. Maybe, as the article points out, it’s because 95% of Texas’ land is privately owned by people who practice wise management policies like controlled burns to remove dead vegetation that turns into kindling, something that California’s environmentalists won’t allow.

"Well, then, how do you explain why the number of wildfires and the acreage on fire are both at record levels?"

Answer: they aren’t. 2020 is on track to be a very bad year, but not as bad as 2017.

“Still, that was the all-time record year for forest fires!” Only because the records being cited start in 1960. In 1930, about five times more acreage burned as in 2017, and the annual average from 1926-‘52 was several times higher. Forest fires have been with us since before there even were humans in North America, but in recent decades, we learned how to control them. Only California has made those methods illegal.

Ironically, one thing that’s also illegal in California is arson, but that hasn’t seemed to stop anyone from doing it.

Of course, pointing all this out doesn’t mean that there is no climate change going on. But the climate is always changing. The big questions are, is it due to humans and is it catastrophic? It’s now conventional wisdom that the answer to both is a big “YES!” and if you disagree, you’re a science-denying lunkhead.

So to check that out, a researcher for the Global Warming Policy Foundation examined data mostly from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) “to analyse trends in temperature, precipitation, droughts, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, sea-level rise and wildfires. In particular, it takes account of the widely varying regional climates.” The goal was to determine the state of the climate in 2019.

Here’s what the data shows, quoted directly from the report’s summary:

• “Average temperatures have risen by 0.15°F/decade since 1895, with the increase most marked in winter.

• There has been little or no rise in temperatures since the mid 1990s.

• Summers were hotter in the 1930s than in any recent years.

• Heatwaves were considerably more intense in decades up to 1960 than anything seen since.

• Cold spells are much less severe than they used to be.

• Central and Eastern regions have become wetter, with a consequent drastic reduction in drought. In the west, there has been little long-term change.

• While the climate has become wetter in much of the country, evidence shows that floods are not getting worse.

• Hurricanes are not becoming either more frequent or powerful.

• Tornadoes are now less common than they used to be, particularly the stronger ones.

• Sea-level rise is currently no higher than around the mid-20th century.

• Wildfires now burn only a fraction of the acreage they did prior to the Second World War.

In short, the US climate is in most ways less extreme than it used to be. Temperatures are less extreme at both ends of the scale, storms less severe and droughts far less damaging. While it is now slightly warmer, this appears to have been largely beneficial.”

I’m sure many people will attack the report, the writer and the foundation that funded it. But I’ll be waiting to see if they produce any evidence that he or NOAA got their weather data wrong.

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  • Cindy DeFeo

    09/24/2020 06:45 PM

    The fires and the Coronavirus were made by the same creator. Having researched relentlessly on Terahertz waves I have found the waves which absorb oxygen are changing the air density. While oxygen is being absorbed it leaves the atmosphere with more nitrogen. The air Becomes drier and drier conditions make for unhealthier the air. Hence the need for ventilators especially those with pre existing condition, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure etc. I have a ton to share but I doubt this will ever be read. The fires come from drier, thinner air. This all can be prevented and Trump better get on this before the Democrats blame him. Nitrous Oxide is the killer and the cellular industry neglected to show studies to WHO and CDC its harmful effects. I’m sure money had something to do with it. No one wants to jeopardize a multi billion dollar business.

  • RK J0HNSON

    09/24/2020 04:22 PM

    YOUR DATA SUGGESTS WE MAY INDEED BE GOING INTO AN ICE AGE...... OH SORRY, I REVERTED BACK TO THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY PANIC OF THE 1960'S, EARLY 1970'S....... HOW DID WE GET FROM FREEZING TO DEATH TO BEING BURNED ALIVE IN 50 YEARS AND WITH THE SAME VILLAINS BEING BLAMED.

  • Charlene Morrill

    09/24/2020 02:27 PM

    I am so proud of your push for the truth about the Biden’s and their corrupt ness. It Po,am so angered that our Country,that was once a living and caring Nation. For freedom and,able to live in peach. Not violence,hatred of one another ,taking our rights away,and rioting,just randomly killing anyone that gets in their way. Our Police,are doing their duty to protect,and defend our country. Not be threatened. Our Cities are being destroyed,and the innocent people,where are they now? I Pray every day, that God will ring peach and warmth to those in need. Bring Our Great Country Back ,to where we were before. If the true American’s pull together,we can do it. All nationalities together ,we can make our Great country be one again. Thankyou for your passion and your striving for our people to be one again. I remember,when the Twin Towers feel!!!! Tragic,but we as Americans stood strong together as one nation. Helping each other,and those brave men and women that sacrificed their lives to help the desperate ones ion need. Thankyou, Mr. Huckabee for all that you have done for us and enlightening us if the truth,and your courage to say what is the truth.!!!!If ,I can ever help, campaign or do what I can for our country,I will. !! God Bless you.

  • Dewayne owen Blythe

    09/24/2020 02:11 PM

    Reporting about climate change there is another very important statistic that should be taken in account In the historic past the entire North American Area from the north pole including the United States was covered with Ice. Yosemite Valley was formed by repeated glacier action for thousands if years.
    By Dewayne o.wen Blythe

  • Ed Spring

    09/24/2020 11:09 AM

    Before Europeans arrived in North American the indigenous peoples practiced controlled burns to improve local environmental factors (open areas of low ground cover, like grass that local fuana, like deer, feed on and thereby improve their ability to thrive, providing more game for their food source.