It is Called The “Camp Fire”…
Unfortunately, the death toll is over 80 people now…
Opinion by “Deplorable” Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen
My wife Jan, and I, have been married 53 years as of last October 23, 2018. Right from the beginning we took to “Camping” as our weekend, holiday, or vacation activity. Starting out with a few blankets, a tarp, some rope, and an aluminum coffee pot we headed into the California mountain woods in the summer, the desert-under-the-stars in the winter. We graduated to a tent, a camp stove, a Coleman lantern, sleeping bags, and those blankety-blank air mattresses. It didn’t matter that we had only a little money for we had each other, and we kept each other warm in the high country.
Then, luxury of luxuries, we acquired a Tent Trailer – and the California mountains became ours to explore in sheer comfort. We had that first Tent Trailer for twenty-five years, and maybe a million miles.
Somewhere in there Jennifer came along, and we bundled her up and headed for the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, around to Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, and Canyonlands. Campers we are. Marvels we’ve seen. Clean air we breathe. Food for the soul.
But, California mountain forests were our staple.
We covered every backway and byway from Yosemite south more than once, turning another corner on a lonely mountain road to come upon another stunning view. We made a summer home out of Kings Canyon, swimming in the ice cold Kings river, sometimes rafting, sometimes just laying in the high mountain sun.
We had a secret camp spot where we could see 50 miles over the mountain canyons, with a trillion stars lighting up the ice cold night.
We know the California mountains…
Then, someone began the process of destroying them…
It started slowly. For whatever reasons, unknown to us, everything began to deteriorate. The magic was beginning to disappear. Over the last ten years we began to fear the mountains, because it was painfully obvious how dry they were, and there was only one road in and out – We could be trapped in a raging fire with no escape. The forests were so dry you imagine 100 foot flames. Our favorite places became scary – and we mourned the loss, not knowing what was going on.
Ask Yourself – Why Would Anyone Want to Destroy The Forests?
If you think about it only the most demented, hateful, screwloose, monsters on the Planet would embrace the willful destruction of the Planet’s forests. Worse, they do this action claiming to be “environmentalists,” massively destroying America’s future for some “magical thinking” idea.
The current “Environmentalist” movement in the US has NOTHING to do with the ecosystem, and EVERYTHING to do with cultural Marxism. It is ONLY about destroying America as we know it.
For years we have watched self-styled “environmentalist,” groups lap up federal money with one social scheme after another designed to provide funding for leftist causes. In many cases they just want a bigger corporate airplane to fly to Europe for their Paris conferences.
Under the machinations of the Evil Obama-Nation Networks…
…so-called “environmentalists,” built a whole “destroy capitalism” plan and got it funded by federal money – in two ways: (1) Sue a “friendly” government agency and settle, getting their MASSIVE attorney fees paid, and (2) Obama’s “climate change” public-private partnerships.
The lawsuits had a many-faceted purpose…
Lawsuits are hard to do right? Wrong. Not if it is a “friendly” lawsuit designed to get a pre-determined outcome.
An article in “The Federalist” explains the situation carefully:
“The disclosures are already causing controversy, with claims that EPA and environmentalist groups collaborated to ensure that new EPA regulations involving carbon capture and storage would effectively kill coal projects.
But the symbiotic relationship between EPA and environmentalist has been going on for quite some time. Every major federal environmental law, including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act, contains provisions allowing private organizations to sue the EPA if they believe it is not going far enough in protecting air quality. Environmentalist groups do this frequently. And yet, all too often, when the EPA is sued by environmentalist groups, it folds without putting up much of a fight. As former EPA official Jeffrey Holmstead has explained matters, “often the suits involve things the EPA wants to do anyway. By inviting a lawsuit and then signing a consent decree, the agency gets legal cover from the political heat.”
It gets worse. The same article says..
“According to a 2013 report by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, sue and settle has become a common practice: “EPA chose at some point not to defend itself in lawsuits brought by special interest advocacy groups at least 60 times between 2009 and 2012. In each case, it agreed to settlements on terms favorable to those groups. These settlements directly resulted in EPA agreeing to publish more than 100 new regulations, many of which impose compliance costs in the tens of millions and even billions of dollars.”
One BIG America-Destroying Gift Bag…
“Suing the EPA can be a lucrative business. The Equal Access to Justice Act, as well as other cost shifting provisions in the Clean Air Act, allow activist groups to collect their attorneys’ fees in these suits if they can show that the EPA’s position was not “substantially justified.”
According to a 2011 GAO report, between 1998 and 2010 the Department of Justice spent $43 million defending against suits brought by environmentalist groups, some of which have raked in millions in attorneys’ fees. Often, fees are awarded even in cases where the EPA merely missed a statutory deadline or made some other procedural error, rather than being substantively wrong.”
The article closes with:
“The prospect that the EPA may be using activist lawsuits as a pretext for increasing regulation has disturbing implications for the integrity of the legal process. The American legal system is based on the notion that two opposing parties, each making the best case they can for their own position, is the best road to discovering the truth. But when the “adversaries” in a case are really both on the same side, the process is corrupted. Reining in abuse of environmental citizen’s suits is one small way to restore the EPA’s accountability to the American people.”
Suing the Forest Service to Stop Logging and Shut Down American Industry…
“The Federalist” is a very good source for the reality of fire issues. In a November 2018 article:
The saddest part about these fires in California is that they are self inflicted. Californians should not allow such mismanagement to continue.
Trump is right. Mismanagement and overregulation deserve most of the blame, but he should keep in mind that the federal government owns 57 percent of California forest land. This mismanagement is also not a result of a lack of care. Believe me, Californians care.
Growing up, we spend almost as much time talking about fire safety as we do hiding under our desks practicing for earthquakes. We see just as much of Smokey the Bear as we do of Mickey Mouse. California and federal agencies have mismanaged forests, not because they don’t care, but because they chose the agenda of environmentalists over commonsense forest management. The result has been deadly.
For decades, environmental protection schemes have usurped common sense. For example, most fire ecologists say that the surest way of preventing massive forest fires is to use prescribed burns. The California Environmental Protection Agency states that “prescribed burning is the intentional use of fire to reduce wildfire hazards, clear downed trees, control plant diseases, improve rangeland and wildlife habitats, and restore natural ecosystems.”
Prescribed burns keep forests healthy by burning up the underbrush that accumulates on the forest floor and by thinning trees. Yet for decades the Forest Service has suppressed most fires. According to a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection executive summary: “Land and fire management have in many cases increased fire hazard. In some shrub types, fire suppression appears to have shifted the fire regime away from more, smaller fires toward fewer, larger fire.”
The Problems Are Well-Known…
“The laws of the past 45 years have not only failed to protect the forest environment, they have done immeasurable harm to our forests,” said Republican Rep. Tom McClintock, who represents a northeastern district in California, in a congressional hearing. “Time and again, we see vivid boundaries between the young, healthy, growing forests managed by state, local, and private landholders, and the choked, dying, or burned federal forests.”
“There’s an old adage that excess timber comes out of the forest one way or the other. It’s either carried out, or it burns out,” McClintock said in a speech supporting The Resilient Federal Forest Act, a bill that stops the practice of taking fire prevention funds to pay for fire suppression. It also streamlines environmental reviews so that forest managers don’t have to fill out hundreds of pages of documents just to cut down rotting and diseased trees. As of November 2017, this bill was still under consideration in the Senate.
When trees are too close together, they fight for resources. Many of the trees are weakened and become more susceptible to disease and insect infestation. These conditions turn entire forests into tinder boxes. A 2017 report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) states that 129 million trees have died in California’s forests since 2010. The USDA report agrees with Trump — California’s forests suffer from neglect and mismanagement.
In Eight Years the Obama-Nation Killed 164 Million Trees in California…
The “drought” in California was deliberate – eight years of spraying the California skies with whatever crud the liberal Democrats could load into unmarked airplanes crisscrossing California’s skies.
They created the daily chemical haze that, itself, created “high pressure areas” for the express purpose of STOPPING California’s normal rainy seasons.
California WAS America’s largest producer of food. The Democrats tried to stop that – bringing in heavily chem-sprayed junk produce from third-world countries instead.
The Insane “Globalists,” Claiming “Environmentalism,” Wanted to Shut Down California’s Economy…
Watch the three-minute US Forest Service video, just below, to see how much horrific damage the liberal Democrats did to California’s Forest, creating “fake climate change.”
The mountains in California, predominantly National Parks and Forests, are the State’s PRIMARY water source. By stopping the rain, by creating constant “high pressure areas” the Obama “fake climate change” came VERY close to CREATING a situation where the entire 1,200 mile long State could burn…
America is Waking Up…
Opinion by “Deplorable” Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen