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Malkin: Global Warming Blame-ologists Play with Fire

By Michelle Malkin

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Good news: The Waldo Canyon fire, which forced 32,000 residents (including our family) to flee, claimed two lives and destroyed 347 homes, is now 100 percent contained. Bad news: Radical environmentalists won't stop blowing hot air about this year's infernal season across the West.

Al Gore slithered out of the political morgue to bemoan nationwide heat records and pimp his new "Climate Reality Project," which blames global warming for the wildfire outbreak. NBC meteorologist Doug Kammerer asserted: "If we did not have global warming, we wouldn't see this." Agriculture Department Undersecretary Harris Sherman, who oversees the Forest Service, claimed to the Washington Post: "The climate is changing, and these fires are a very strong indicator of that."

And the Associated Press (or rather, the Activist Press) lit the fear-mongering torch with an eco-propaganda piece titled "U.S. summer is what 'global warming will look like.'"

The problem is that the actual conclusions of scientists included in AP's screed don't back up the apocalyptic headline. As the reporter acknowledges under that panicky banner:

"Scientifically linking individual weather events to climate change takes intensive study, complicated mathematics, computer models and lots of time. Sometimes it isn't caused by global warming. Weather is always variable; freak things happen."

So, this U.S. summer may or may not really look like "what global warming looks like." Kinda. Sorta. Possibly. Possibly not.

Furthermore, the AP reporter concedes, the "global" nature of the warming and its supposed catastrophic events have "been local. Europe, Asia and Africa aren't having similar disasters now, although they've had their own extreme events in recent years."

A more hedging headline would have been journalistically responsible, but Chicken Little-ism better serves the global warming blame-ologists' agenda.

More inconvenient truths: As The Washington Times noted this week, the National Climatic Data Center shows that "Colorado has actually seen its average temperature drop slightly from 1998 to 2011, when data is collected only from rural stations and not those that have been urbanized since 1900."

Radical green efforts to block logging and timber sales in national forests since the 1990s are the real culprits. Wildlife mitigation experts point to incompetent forest management and militant opposition to thinning the timber fuel supply.

Another symptom of green obstructionism: widespread bark beetle infestations. The U.S. Forest Service itself reported last year:

"During the last part of the 20th century, widespread treatments in lodgepole pine stands that would have created age class diversity, enhanced the vigor of remaining trees, and improved stand resiliency to drought or insect attack -- such as timber harvest and thinning -- lacked public acceptance. Proposals for such practices were routinely appealed and litigated, constraining the ability of the Forest Service to manage what had become large expanses of even-aged stands susceptible to a bark beetle outbreak."

Capitulation to lawsuit-happy green thugs, in others, undermined "public acceptance" of common sense, biodiversity-preserving and lifesaving timber harvest and thinning practices.

Local, state and federal officials offered effusive praise for my fellow Colorado Springs residents who engaged in preventive mitigation efforts in their neighborhoods. The government flacks said it made a life-and-death difference. Yet, litigious environmental groups have sabotaged such mitigation efforts at the national level -- in effect, creating an explosive tinderbox out of the West.

Stoking global warming alarms may make for titillating headlines and posh Al Gore confabs. But it's a human blame avoidance strategy rooted in ideological extremism and flaming idiocy.


Michelle Malkin is the author of "Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies" (Regnery 2010).


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  1. bobnipComment by bobnip
    July 6, 2012 @ 10:14 am

    Here in Oregon loggers are required to plant nine trees for every one cut down. They are required to leave the fallen area in better shape than they found it. Yet, environmental anarchists spike the trees with ceramic spikes (undetectable to metal detecting equipment) in hopes of killing these loggers. The anarchists practice arson burning up logging equipment and vehicles, hoping they might fry a logger while they are at it.

    In Portland two parks were virtually destroyed by “the occupiers” who openly defecated and urinated for the world to see. There were stabbings, rapes, drugs and every other form of perversion imaginable happening. Trash was thrown everywhere with nary an attempt to clean it up. It cost the taxpayers over two million dollars for cleanup and restoration of the parks.

    These are the “hope and change” folks dominating the liberal media spotlight. Yet, the “journalism” is tempered to make these miscreants seem lucid and valuable in forming this new socialist America Obama is hoping for.

    9000 scientists signed a petition saying global warming was a sham with very little scientific backing to support its premice. Yet, our lovely government trudges forward with sustainability mandates that are more about controlling the minions than saving the planet.

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  2. joe93Comment by joe93
    July 6, 2012 @ 10:20 am

    “Yet, litigious environmental groups have sabotaged such mitigation efforts at the national level — in effect, creating an explosive tinderbox out of the West.”

    Why can’t Colorado citizens sue the environmental groups that contribute 1st hand to the destruction of the forests and surrounding communities? A class action suit would cut down on expenses and take $ from the enviro groups just to defend them.

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  3. liberty49Comment by liberty49
    July 6, 2012 @ 10:25 am

    We have got to get control of the Senate if we have any chance of getting rid of the EPA and the radical environmentalists who have taken control of this once great nation! Their policies are to blame for the wildfires that are devastating the landscape of our nation every year, NOT GLOBAL WARMING!

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  4. lanimom229Comment by lanimom229
    July 6, 2012 @ 10:26 am

    I just love your common sense about the fires and care of our forests. Why can’t the GREEN people understand that what our Native Americans did for centuries, true land management WORKS! Al Gore and his idiot underlings should be shot for all their lies and misinformation. Add all the GREEN idiots out there to that list too. I cringe when I hear intelligent? people I know say that they actually believe the global warming ****. Keep up the GREAT information Michelle, articles like this are too few and far between.I love what you do for America

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  5. cgretiredComment by cgretired
    July 6, 2012 @ 10:41 am

    They sure kept their mouths shut two winters ago when we had all the cold and snow. Where were they then? Hiding in their igloos?

    It’s a proven fact that weather comes in cycles. The only cycle they are looking at is the current year and blaming everything that happens in two weeks on Global Warming. Bu….. Blah..

    (I wish I could use a different “B” word because it would be both appropriate and applicable to the smell of the hot air coming from these global warming weirdo’s.)

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  6. Mort_fComment by Mort_f
    July 6, 2012 @ 11:43 am

    Left out of this post is how the Forest Service, an arm of the Federal government, has allowed the most effective means of controlling forest fires to decay to near zero. When Obummer took office ther were 36 firefighting tanker aircraft available, now there are six.

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    • lanimom229Comment by lanimom229
      July 9, 2012 @ 2:37 pm

      In reply to Mort_f – please hold your denouncing of the Forest Service.
      The fault lies with the EPA, aka GREEN people, and BHO for listening to them. As I mentioned before what needs to happen is PROPER LAND MANAGEMENT. I would recommend they hire Native Americans that KNOW the land and how to properly manage said land. What ashame it has had to come to this.

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  7. prairelivingComment by praireliving
    July 6, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

    Michelle you are dead on right. I’ve read numerous articles about how the desire by environmentalists to keep anything, including smaller fires, from damaging forests is simply setting them up for massive, super-hot fires. The High Peaks fire in CO was deemed started by lightening, the fact that so much burned so hot was due to dead trees because of beetle infestation.

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  8. joelinpdxComment by joelinpdx
    July 6, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

    “…Europe, Asia and Africa aren’t having similar disasters…”

    Heck you don’t even have to go overseas. Here is the Pacific Northwest — just up the road apiece — we had the third wettest June on record and we’ll be approaching mid-July before we even get to 90 degrees here in Portland. And they expect temps to stay above 90 for two whole days. So much for Worldwide Global Warming.

    Al Gore should go back to running his TV network into the ground. They couldn’t even keep Keith Oldmann happy…maybe they will do better with David .

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  9. middlegroundComment by middleground
    July 6, 2012 @ 4:20 pm

    The real scientific truth of “Global Warming” is recorded in polar ice cores, sediment in glacial lakes, oxygen-isotope-determined temperatures, the habitats of plants and animals as well as other types of information collected during the last 175 years. For example, carbon 14 dating reveals that eighteen thousand years ago the higher latitudes were buried under the last of four great continent-sized glaciers. During the first three glaciations, the period in between was the site of deep tropical or chemical weathering and one might speculate that this will occur again, but this would be pure speculation based on what has occurred previously. What is not speculation is that about 11,700 years ago or 575 human generations in the past, the World’s climates began to warm, the continental ice sheets began to wane, rivers originating from the ice sheets began to ran at flood for months every year, sea level began to rise, and plants typical of temperate climates began to flourish on the plains of Europe and North America. By about 6,000 years ago or 300 human generations in the past sea level stabilized and rivers like the Mississippi began to build deltas. As the oldest evidences of civilization are about 300 human generations in the past, some speculate this is what would be remembered as Noah’s Flood in the myths and stories of an earlier time.

    So where do we get the idea that global warming or what is called climate change originates with humankind’s industrial activities? Simple! It is a wealth transfer scheme where industrialized nations are supposed to buy carbon credits from those countries that are not industrialized and they basically are not industrialized because they lack fossil fuels. You know countries like Kenya and all those other third world countries that make up most of the UNs membership. What is the appeal to Democrats like Al Gore who have been pushing global warming? Chiefly because someone has to buy and sell these carbon credits and that is the job of the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX). As an example, your coal-fired electric generation plant in New York has a government defined carbon footprint that requires it to buy carbon credits from a nation like Kenya. Consolidated Edison buys an indulgence for the “sin” of releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and the CCX enjoys a 2% commission for buying and a 2% commission for selling these carbon credits. At least when Pope Leo X authorized a similar scheme in 1517, Rome got a great cathedral out of the deal, but we Americans will get nothing out of the current scheme except to go further in debt. And you thought Bernie Madoff was a big time swindler, he was really a piker.

    It shouldn’t take 9,000 scientists signing a petition refuting humankind-caused global warming to force people to use their common sense, every American should be able, given the facts, to realize this is merely a money-transfer scheme that has only worked because American want to compassionately save the World from the disaster of Global Warming and preserve all the World’s species of plant and animal life.

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  10. lanimom229Comment by lanimom229
    July 7, 2012 @ 9:06 am

    Good for you MIDDLEGROUND! I am thankful that there is intelligent life on this planet, your ‘article’ proves that! If only other life forms on this planet would read and learn we would all be better off.

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  11. thegreatricardoComment by thegreatricardo
    July 7, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

    Global Warming? I’m still waiting for “Summer” to come to the Pacific North West(Seattle/Tacoma). If this is “Global Warming, then we’re going to freeze our butts off before it cools down enough to say “Global Warming” is over. Idiots all.

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  12. cxComment by genesal
    July 9, 2012 @ 12:05 am

    Report:‘Britain’s Atlantis’ Found Under North Sea (Doggerland)

    A vast, once-inhabited area that was submerged by the North Sea thousands of years ago has been discovered by divers working with oil companies and science teams from several British universities……

    ……..The melting of ice caps during a warm period raised sea levels and submerged the area, which was also hit by a “devastating tsunami,” the researchers claim.

    “People seem to think rising sea levels are a new thing, but it’s a cycle of earth history that has happened many, many times,” said Richard Bates of the University of St. Andrews.

    Complete story at:

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  13. Mort_fComment by Mort_f
    July 9, 2012 @ 6:07 pm

    Let us not open this post to the subject of “land management’. While I have no love for EPA, the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, or any of the ‘treehugger’ environmentalists, this post was directed to the damage caused by uncontrolled forest fires. And my response was to highlight how the responsible agency for control of forest fires has allowed their capability to be seriously degraded. I sincerely doubt if the ‘native americans’ exhibited any great degree of ‘land management’, as they were prinarily nomadic hunters, in an era where land was relatively plentiful.

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