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November 01, 2007

Climate change, fires

In regard to the recent wildfires,  Gary Pederson wrote (10/29, Letters), “…now it appears that global warming, according to Harry Reid, caused the fires in Southern California. Since that now doesn’t seem to be the case … I guess he’ll resort to blaming … arson … on global warming.”

Mr. Pederson’s sarcastic tone belies the fact that nobody is claiming that global warming caused the fires. The real issue is how they burn. The chief firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service says that fires burn much larger areas and last longer than they did 15 years ago (“60 Minutes”).

Because of drought and hot Santa Ana winds, the fuel for the fires is as dry as it has ever been, and the winds coming off the warmer ocean also contribute to more serious fires.

These are some of the ways global warming plays a role in wildfires.

Anne Asakura
Lee’s Summit



Do you have a comment to make on the issue? IMO Buddy T's comment is right on and agrees with what I have heard from other sources. Do you have a rebuttal?


"Need I point"
Posted by: CRD | Nov 2, 2007 3:13:48 PM

WOW! CRD learned a new skill! Show us CRD! Good boy!!


It is an ugly thing to see people (CRD) use their religion( global warming) to justify their bigotry and hatred (of anyone who dare disagree with them about their religion).
You need to look for valid historical interpretations of the term warming to try to get yourself right(CRD)


Need I point out that you jokers are hardly the poster children for common sense?


Thanks for the warning Z squared, lol....


I,too heard the quote straight from Reid's mouth.
The left blames everything on "W" or global warming - they are officially out of any constructive ideas.


A little common sense would go a long way in controlling these things.
Posted by: BuddyT | Nov 2, 2007 8:24:35 AM

Cmon Buddy, if your going to inject common sense into the discussion Anne doesn't have anything to write about.
And if your going to actually hold Harry R. to what he actually said, well then I can't help you. And hey buddy, DUCK!!!


Aux contraire Anne. I heard Harry Reid specifically say that "global warming caused the California fires". Three minutes later he denied saying it!

The major problem with these fires is that the envviro-whack jobs won't allow any timber management be effected. To wit, the clearing of dead growth and underbrush. Thus when these things start they have more and more fuel to burn.

These same folks won't allow any roads be built to access the more remote areas. The problem is worsened,when fires start they are only accessbile by air.

A little common sense would go a long way in controlling these things.

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