“Impact of Ingram family extends beyond The Union, throughout Nevada County community,” The Union editor wrote in 2014. You got that right.
The editor was saluting The Union’s onetime owners for a big promotional campaign. I’m referring to the families’ staunch conservatism that has long defined the “powers that be” in the community.
In the latest example, forester Robert G. Ingram writes “Gov. should take scientific approach to wildfire danger.” OK, fair enough.
But on a closer read, Ingram is launching a political attack on the democratic Governor — just like the small cluster of other vocal right-wing ideologues and global warming deniers around here. Their perspective has defined The Union’s editorial pages.
No one doubts that chaparral brush, Santa Ana winds, and dead vegetation contribute to wildfires, as Ingram writes. But he understates the crux of the matter: Califoria’s worst wildfire on record is burning in late December (you know, winter).
Ingram concedes (sort of): “The Earth’s recent warming contributes to the length of the fire season, a factor. But ‘the factor’ as our cherry-picking scientific Governor professes? No.”
Hello? The record fires are burning in late December. That’s not “cherry picking.”
As an article in the MIT Technology Review states: “The clearest way in which global warming increases wildfire risk—one supported by a growing body of peer-reviewed literature—is higher temperatures. Warmer air draws moisture from plants, trees, and soil, increasing what’s known as fuel aridity. This provides the dry fuel and conditions that feed wildfires” Another article is here.
Ingram’s “scientific method” soon deteriorates into a screed, as he concludes: ” If ol’ Governor Moonbeam really desired to help the people of California, scientifically, he’d kill the bullet train to nowhere. (Who the hell wants to haul ass from Modesto to Bakersfield only to be stuck there without a car to get the hell out?) Stop ignoring the science and direct the bullet train’s $100 billion to fuel management and returning California to some semblance of a fire regime.”