Joe Klein: Great job on the 8 o'clock special on Friday; great job on the fire coverage. We shouldn't irresponsibly link this to Global warming, but this is a nature story, so we should be able to use it to push to the Planet in Peril special tomorrow night.
I must say it surprises me that Klein is using some caution here. But be that as it may, he is. And he should be applauded for it.
Now, let's look at an article that contains a highly irresponsible statement by the Senate Majority Leader, Sen. Harry Reid:
“One reason why we have the fires in California is global warming,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters Tuesday, stressing the need to pass the Democrats’ comprehensive energy package.
Not only is this irresponsible, it ignores the real reason that fires are getting bigger and harder to control out west, these days. Here's where the real responsibility lies:
Whenever someone tries to suggest clearing underbrush out of these areas so as to reduce the amount of material that can burn, some crazy environmental group pitches a hissy fit, mainly due to the fact that some species of animal will be endangered. That's not the sad fact of it all, because that's just the nature of these radical elements.
The outrageous part of this whole thing is, the government actually listens to these bozos and in some areas they pass laws prohibiting residents from doing this on their own property. And every fire season, many people lose everything because of this poor judgment.