Where there’s ex­trem­ism, there’s fire

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

Wild­fires in Cal­i­for­nia burn 500,000 acres, de­stroy 1,800 homes and cause the evac­u­a­tion of on mil­lion peo­ple. Global warm­ing is to blame, says Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Harry Reid, Ne­vada Demo­crat; the Iraq war is to blame, says Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Cal­i­for­nia Demo­crat.

But tes­ti­mony from for­est man­age­ment ex­perts re­veals the true cause of cat­a­strophic for­est fires: the pro­hi­bi­tion against thin­ning forests and us­ing con­trolled burns to elim­i­nate the brush and dead­wood that trans­form wood­lands into tin­der­boxes to be ig­nited by light­ning bolts or arsonists. Th­ese con­di­tions for cat­a­strophic wild­fires have been cre­ated by en­vi­ron­men­tal ex­trem­ists and their lawyers, not by global warm­ing or the war in Iraq.

Brush­fires are one of Mother Na­ture’s weapons for clean­ing up the en­vi­ron­ment and re­ju­ve­nat­ing plant life. Cat­a­strophic wild­fires are Mother Na­ture’s re­venge against the ex­trem­ists. Dr. Leo F. John­son Bed­min­ster, New Jer­sey

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