California Wildfires Were 100 Years in the Making

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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I think all would agree that the California wildfires have been a tragic loss to life and property. The devastation caused has been

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nothing short of catastrophic. Video and pictures of the town of Paradise should cause anyone’s heart to sink.

However, this is not a disaster born of natural causes, but human-caused, and most of these wildfires could have been mitigated if not prevented all together, should the State of California and the federal government have heeded decades old warnings.

The federal government, for a century or so, has been taking various States’ forested lands in order to prevent mining, logging and “urban sprawl.” There goal is to keep these forests as pristine as possible, unaltered by human hands.

In February, 2018, California’s Little Hoover Commission published an 82 page report entitled “Fire on the Mountain: Rethinking Forest Management in the Sierra Nevada.” read more

Billionaires Assuage Their Guilt by Investing in Climate Change

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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Just yesterday the Huffington Post gleefully announced that Bill Gates, the world’s richest man, with a net worth of $87.4 billion, is combining his vast resources with 20 or more other billionaires to fight…what else…climate change.

I may have misspoken when I said he was going to combine his “vast resources.” He’s not really. He and 20 or so other fat-cats have established the “Breakthrough Energy Ventures fund.”

Combined these 20 wildly wealthy individuals will chip in a total of $1 billion, “to build companies that will help deliver the next generation of reliable, affordable, and emissions-free energy to the world,” Gates said. A bit of a paltry figure considering their cumulative wealth is in excess of $170 billion. But still, a billion dollars is nothing to sneeze at. Oh, and the initiative plans to invest in “green energy” over 20 years.

The HuffPo writes that, “The fund will focus its investments on projects relating to a number of clean energy issues such as carbon emission reduction and energy generation and storage.” Gates added that, “In addition to mitigating climate change, affordable clean energy will help fight poverty.” read more