(National Sentinel)Â Truth Bomb: Interior Secretary and former Montana congressman Ryan ZinkeÂ blasted “environmental terrorist groups” over their mindless lockstep opposition to proper forest management including logging as being a major contributing factor to several massive fires burning up the West.
In an op-ed forÂ USA Today, Zinke wrote that there are about 100 wildfires currently burning, mostly across the western United States, and that most of them were largely preventable. He also wrote that he had just returned from the massive Ferguson Fire in California while praising POTUS Donald Trump for quickly declaring portions of the state disaster areas so they qualify for federal relief funds (despite the fact that Democrats in that stateÂ have done all they can to thwart the president’s agenda).
Zinke also called out â€œextreme environmentalistsâ€ in anÂ interviewÂ with KCRA that aired Sunday. The day before that, Zinke lambasted â€œenvironmental terrorist groups that have not allowed public access, that refuse to allow harvest of timberâ€ in anÂ interviewÂ with Breitbart Radio,”Â The Daily Caller reported.
As for theÂ lunaticsÂ who blame every wildfire on “global warming” and “climate change,” Zinke didn’t hold back.
â€œIâ€™ve heard the climate change argument back and forth,â€ he told the Sacramento-based KCRA. â€œThis has nothing to do with climate change. This has to do with active forest management.â€
Zinke, a former Navy SEAL, noted further in USA Today:
The fires areÂ burning hotterÂ and more intense, due in part to hot and dry weather and in part to the fuels that overload our forests. These fuels fill forestsÂ from the floor, where highly-combustible, dry pine needles act as kindling to jump-start the tiniest spot fire, all the way up to the crown where beetle-killed trees dot the mountains like matches.Â
In between the floor and the crown, there are yearsâ€™ worth of dead logs, overgrown shrubsÂ and snags, which many firefighters call “widow makers” because they are so deadly. The buildup of fuels is the condition we can and must reverse throughÂ active forest managementÂ like prescribed burns, mechanical thinningÂ and timber harvests.Â
He laid out three reasons why there should be more active management of forests that include measuresÂ environmental extremists reflexively oppose:
First, it is better for the environment to manage the forests.Â Wildfires produce smoke and emissions. The release ofÂ gases and particles can negativelyÂ affect air quality.Â Fires also damage watersheds, and as we see fires burning hotter and longer, the soil is actually becomingÂ scorched and sterilized, preventing regrowth.Â In addition, while many of the frivolous lawsuits waged toÂ stop timber harvestsÂ cite habitat as a concern, environmental litigants are little concerned whenÂ anÂ entire forest burns to the ground andÂ the habitatÂ andÂ wildlifeÂ areÂ lost.
Second, active forest management is good for the economy. Logs come out of the forest in one of two ways: They are eitherÂ harvested sustainablyÂ to improve the health and resilience of the forest (while creating jobs), or they are burned to the ground.Â
Third, and most important, the active management of our forests will save lives.Â
Zinke noted that the Ferguson Fire has killed two firefighters and the Carr Fire has killed a half-dozen people.
“Radical environmentalists would have you believe forest management meansÂ clear cutting forestsÂ and national parks,” Zinke argued.
“But their rhetoric could not be further from the truth. They make outdated and unscientific arguments, void of facts, because they cannot defend the merits of their policy preferences year after year as our forests and homes burn to the ground.
For the record, in CaliforniaÂ humans, not ‘greenhouse gases,’Â causedÂ 95 percentÂ of the wildfires.