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Zinke blames 'environmental terrorist groups' for scale of California wildfires

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    dubteedub Link
    I thought this was pretty funny considering it was a pro-Trump Q-anon conspiracy theorist who was the one who actually set these fires. But no, let's somehow blame this all on the...

    Zinke, who visited neighborhoods ravaged by the state's largest wildfire ever over the weekend and on Monday, said environmentalists and green regulations in California made the fires much worse.

    "We have been held hostage by these environmental terrorist groups that have not allowed public access — that have refused to allow [the] harvest of timber,” Zinke told Brietbart radio over the weekend.

    During his visit to the Golden State, Zinke pushed a narrative that increasing logging industry access to national forests could limit fire intensity.

    "But we have these radical environmentalists that close off roads, refuse to have firebreaks, refuse to have any timber harvested, no grazing, and the result is these catastrophic fires,” Zinke said.

    I thought this was pretty funny considering it was a pro-Trump Q-anon conspiracy theorist who was the one who actually set these fires. But no, let's somehow blame this all on the environmentalists.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/401322-man-accused-of-starting-california-blaze-has-history-of

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      Diet_Coke Link Parent
      Can't have forest fires if you cut down all the forests. 95% of old growth trees in the US have been cut down, yet somehow people who want to save the last 5% are radical terrorists.

      Can't have forest fires if you cut down all the forests.

      95% of old growth trees in the US have been cut down, yet somehow people who want to save the last 5% are radical terrorists.

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        39hp Link Parent
        I heard the same kind of logic about perpetuating shark finning to prevent shark attacks. (Also, having grown up eating sharks fin, we can do without it.)

        Can't have forest fires if you cut down all the forests.

        I heard the same kind of logic about perpetuating shark finning to prevent shark attacks.

        (Also, having grown up eating sharks fin, we can do without it.)

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          HutchinsonianDemon Link Parent
          Oh yeah, stop all 150 nonfatal shark bites that occur world wide each year. While we're at it let's remove the wheels of all the cars too, considering it's something like vehicle realted 10,000...

          Oh yeah, stop all 150 nonfatal shark bites that occur world wide each year. While we're at it let's remove the wheels of all the cars too, considering it's something like vehicle realted 10,000 deaths in the US alone each year.

          Sorry, I'm salty. I'm a marine biologist and I've actually had people try to convince me that shark finning was good for this exact reason.

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          1. Catt Link Parent
            You should be salty! That's probably the dumbest thing I've heard today...other than maybe the contents of article of this post.

            I've actually had people try to convince me that shark finning was good for this exact reason.

            You should be salty! That's probably the dumbest thing I've heard today...other than maybe the contents of article of this post.

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          2. 39hp Link Parent
            Microbio here. Solidarity, stranger. I'm glad that people who know little about my field typically also lack casual opinions about it. I can't imagine what it's like to have armchair marine...

            Microbio here. Solidarity, stranger.

            I'm glad that people who know little about my field typically also lack casual opinions about it. I can't imagine what it's like to have armchair marine biologists telling you that shark extinction is good. Don't feel sorry for being salty. I'm salty about it too.

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  2. PsychoPitcher Link
    What they need to do is have more controled burns.

    What they need to do is have more controled burns.

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  3. EscReality (edited ) Link
    This guy is nuts. I work on a fire crew here in Colorado and work as a part time ranger with the BLM. Literally everything he is saying is wrong. Tons are being done to prevent these fires, but...

    "But we have these radical environmentalists that close off roads, refuse to have firebreaks, refuse to have any timber harvested, no grazing, and the result is these catastrophic fires,” Zinke said.

    This guy is nuts. I work on a fire crew here in Colorado and work as a part time ranger with the BLM. Literally everything he is saying is wrong. Tons are being done to prevent these fires, but California is in extreme drought conditions and the Colorado River basin's water is tapped so the drought isn't going anywhere. There is only so much they can do it's not like we can control the drought conditions in the West. The climate is ripe for fires and it is only getting worse, the only people that should be blamed are climate change deniers.

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