“The explanation is straightforward: As the planet heats up, no place is protected from disasters,” the post confidently proclaims. It doesn’t take much sleuthing to find similar sentiments echoed throughout X:
The Maui fires are already one of the deadliest wildfires in modern U.S. history. How did it happen in a state defined by its lush vegetation? The explanation is straightforward: As the planet heats up, no place is protected from disasters. https://t.co/4yY82dLdB1— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 11, 2023
This is such a tragedy. What climate change?Maui, Hawaii pic.twitter.com/MWNGAdoqjX — Miss Jillybean 🇺🇸 (@MissJilianne) August 9, 2023
Here’s a vapid post moving the goalposts — yet again — in a pathetic attempt to argue that it really is climate change.
The scene in Lahaina, Maui this morning is absolutely devastating.The entire town is being destroyed by an intense wildfire, forcing residents to sheek shelter in the ocean. Make no mistake, climate change is making scenes like this more frequent. pic.twitter.com/dttFnAwEeJ — Edgar McGregor (@edgarrmcgregor) August 9, 2023
Well, as is often the case, it’s time to throw an ice-cold bucket of water on those climate alarmists (and their theories as well, if you must). As Fox News reported, Clay Trauernicht, a professor and environmental management expert at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, wants to pump the brakes on all this climate panicking. “Blaming this on weather and climate is misleading,” Trauernicht wrote in thread of tweets published Wednesday. “Hawai’i’s fire problem is due to the vast areas of unmanaged, nonnative grasslands from decades of declining agriculture. [firerfly_poll] “These savannas now cover about a million acres across the main Hawaiian Islands, mostly the legacy of land clearing for plantation agriculture and ranching in the late 1800s/early 1900s. The transformation to savanna makes the landscape way more sensitive to bad ‘fire weather’ — hot, dry, windy conditions. It also means we get huge buildups of fuels during rainy periods.” And if anyone thinks that Trauernicht is some sort of reactionary, opportunistically using the disaster to make a point, the man’s been sounding the alarm since at least 2019, when he penned a letter to the editor in The Maui News about far less devastating fires. Look, sometimes the simplest answer really is best. Humans have a maddening tendency to over-complicate things (just look at any time Vice President Kamala Harris opens her mouth to speak.) But in this case, it’s really not a simple answer. Democrats and the left would have you believe that banning gas-powered cars (and stoves) and preventing cows from farting will save all of us. If it were actually that simple, great! Sign us all up. Surely we could all use a little less bovine flatulence in our lives. But it’s not that simple, it’s never been that simple, and based on what Trauernicht had to say about those tragic Lahaina fires, it will never be that simple. This planet that God gifted us is a complicated tapestry of give and take. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, no matter how much advertising money the Democrats throw behind catchy slogans that claim otherwise. Turns out that you can only sell simple solutions for so long before people start asking for real answers. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
Amid the devastating Maui fires, I see many arguing, “it’s weather, arson–anything but climate change.”Let’s set the record straight. Climate change doesn’t usually start the fires; but it intensifies them, increasing the area they burn + making them much more dangerous. 🧵 pic.twitter.com/4BTvTzM5Pt — The Real Prof. Katharine Hayhoe (@KHayhoe) August 10, 2023