Forest fires: Because they feared the greens
Tuesday, October 28, 2003
By Joyce Morrison (email@example.com)
Forest fires in California may convince federal
lawmakers that forest thinning is needed, despite
environmentalists' contentions otherwise.
OPINION -- Thirteen deaths, 850 homes burned, a
quarter of a million acres and 30,000 homes
threatened in California at this very moment. Nine
terrifying fires in California are burning
uncontrollably forcing people to run in panic for
Homes, lives, property, loss of wildlife and pets --
all because of those who call themselves
"environmentalists" and "preservationists."
A federal bill that could eliminate the undergrowth
and dead, diseased trees that is causing these fires
to burn at excessive temperatures and out of control
has been under discussion in Washington, D.C. for
months. The bill has passed the U.S. House, but the
greens in the Senate won’t let the bill budge.
According to Chuck Cushman of Landrights
Association, "Right now, HR 1904, the Healthy
Forests Restoration Act is being delayed by the
environmental groups who would rather have your
house burn down than have foresters clean up the
forests or burn a log or a bug-killed tree."
The Healthy Forests Restoration Act, a bill designed
to streamline logging projects to reduce the risk of
catastrophic Western wildfires, took a major hit
when two Democratic senators objected to a unanimous
consent agreement, according to Cushman.
Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)
have put a hold on the Healthy Forests Restoration
"With HR 1904 in the Senate, there are several
Republicans who indicate they might vote for this
roadless amendment out of fear of political
retaliation from radical groups such as the Sierra
Club and others," said Liz Arnold, Project Protect
Grassroots Coordinator Interior West/Sierra Nevada.
"Out of fear of the Sierra Club and other radical
groups . . ." she wrote. It's a sad day when our
legislators feel "fear" of these groups and their
agendas and cast their votes out of fear.
President Bush is backing the Healthy Forests
Restoration Act, which is an act to protect forests.
But the radical greens are out to get him for the
balanced approach he is trying to bring to
environmental issues. Greens have threatened to
target every property rights legislator who has not
bowed down to their demands.
So what does this say? It should tell you it is not
about the environment. Keep in mind the watermelon
analogy -- it is green on the outside, but red on
It is essential that forest trails be reopened that
were closed during the Clinton years. Fire equipment
must be able to get in to fight these forest fires.
Firefighters are dropped into fires by plane because
that is their only access. There have been needless
deaths because there was no way for the fire
fighters to get out of the way of the inferno.
During the Clinton years, the bureaus became
entrenched with extreme environmentalists and they
are continuing to act upon their set agenda. It has
been extremely difficult for the Bush administration
to bring a balanced approach to environmental
The green group, League of Conservation Voters,
boasts, "When President Bush traveled to Oregon and
Washington, putting the White House propaganda and
photo-op machine to work in an attempt to convince
the American people that he cares about protecting
the environment, that unfortunately for Mr. Bush,
LCV was there with a powerful new television spot
telling the truth about his anti-environmental
LCV told voters of Seattle that "George W. Bush
cares more about corporate polluters and his special
interest friends than he does about the
Green groups such as Sierra Club are joining forces
with Planned Parenthood and like groups to work
against the re-election of President Bush. They are
opposed to his selection of judges, his
environmental and social stands.
Guess who gets government grants? You guessed it.
Fires can be started by arson, lightning, terrorists
or whatever. The fact remains that because there has
been little forest maintenance in the past decade,
our nation’s forests are accidents waiting to
Catastrophic fires continue to destroy habitat for
wildlife, water and air quality. How interesting --
these are the very things the environmentalists
claim they protect.
Good forest management stimulates the economy, the
environment and the nation as a whole. Trees are a
renewable resource. But in areas where there have
been catastrophic heat in the burned areas, there
are reports the soil remains sterile for years.
"When the dove returned to him in the evening, there
in his beak was a freshly picked olive leaf....."
Genesis 8:11. Noah’s first knowledge after the
Biblical flood that there was finally dry land was
when the dove returned with a leaf. Trees are a
renewable resource, but they need care.
"The President's Healthy Forest Initiative would
play a key role in helping us avoid situations such
as we see on the San Bernardino National Forest
today. The initiative is based on a common-sense
approach to reducing the threat of catastrophic
wildfires by restoring forest and rangeland health
and ensuring the long-term safety and health of
communities and natural resources in our care," Jack
Blackwell, Regional Forester testified on September
22 before the Committee on Resources regarding the
Forest Health condition of the San Bernardino
Forester Blackwell knew of the hazard that was
looming and was asking for help for the prevention.
The government was too late, though.
Why? Because they fear the greens.
As the Shawnee Forest in Illinois becomes more and
more closed to activity, could we face the
terrifying burn these other forests have
experienced, especially in time of a drought?
This week there could be a vote on HR1904. Please
contact your U.S. Senators in every state and demand
that we take every measure to prevent these deadly
fires for continually occurring.
Illinois folks, we need to tell our Senators Durbin
and Fitzgerald that they need to support HR1904
Healthy Forest Initiative for the sake of our
forests, and possibly our lives.
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