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Governor Brown and Al Gore WRONG on California fires

California Gov. Jerry Brown and former Vice President Al Gore are blaming anthropogenic climate change for Southern California’s devastating wildfires, calling them “the new normal.” Problem is, the science doesn’t back their claims.

University of Washington meteorologist Cliff Mass, extinguished the “now normal” narrative by arguing that the data “strongly suggests there is no credible evidence” that global warming is fueling this fall’s California coastal wildfires, and that claims to the contrary are “baseless, if not outright wrong.”

“The bottom line of all this is that observations and the best scientific reasoning do NOT suggest that global warming is enhancing CA coastal wildfires through effects on temperature and precipitation,” Mass said Monday in a post on his climate blog.

He, along with others, have pointed to the heavy precipitation from last winter in California, after five years of drought, which resulted in high vegetation growth that feeds the flames.

“The destructive fires in California are not unexpected given the wet winter last year and resultant plant growth, followed by hot and dry weather since then in which the vegetation dried out,” University of Colorado Boulder meteorologist Roger A. Pielke Sr. said in an email to the Washington Examiner.

Then there is the human variable.  Careless people–and arsonists–start fires.  Also, as I have pointed out (with much criticism, by the way) ISIS encourages lone wolf terrorists to set fires in urbanized areas and even provides them with online instructions on how to carry out such acts of terrorism.

However, many highly accomplished scientists are rejecting arguments by irrational politicians and fake news media outlets linking human-caused climate change to the most recent fires that have charred more than 256,000 acres so far in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Diego and Ventura counties.  They did the same thing when fires scorched the North Bay and Wine Country north of San Francisco in October.

Brown declared Saturday that Californians should expect winter wildfires because of the effects of drought and climate change.

“This is the new normal,” he said at a news conference after surveying damage in Ventura County. “We’re about ready to have firefighting at Christmas. This is very odd and unusual.”

Gore conveyed the same message last week during his Climate Reality Project’s “24 Hours of Reality,” listing “more destructive and widespread wildfires” as one of the consequences of climate change and specifically the damage caused by the Southern California blazes.

“You know, events like this are now reported daily on the news with a terrifying drumbeat of regularity, the so-called ‘new normal,’ but it’s not normal at all, and we have to speak up and act,” said Gore.

However Mass argues that hot weather driven by greenhouses gases would not have made a difference because “grasses, shrubs and other fuels will be dry by the end of summer and during fall, no matter what.”

“So even if the summer/fall temperatures rose and the conditions dried further under global warming, IT WOULD NOT MATTER,” he said. “Without any additional warming, the fuels in late summer and fall are dry enough to burn over coastal California and always have been.”

And then there’s this inconvenient fact: wildfires were worse before World War II.

Dr. Bjorn Lomborg, president of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, compiled data from 1926-2017 showing that the acreage burned by U.S. wildfires has dropped fourfold since peaking in the 1930s, which was posted at Climate Depot.

David B. South, emeritus forestry professor at Auburn University, told the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in 2014 that eight of 10 “extreme megafires” in the lower 48 states since 1850 occurred during cooler-than-average decades.

“These data suggest that extremely large megafires were 4-times more common before 1940 (back when carbon dioxide concentrations were lower than 310 ppmv),” Mr. South said in his written testimony. “What these graphs suggest is that we cannot reasonably say that anthropogenic global warming causes extremely large wildfires.”

Mass pointed to a 2014 research paper in the American Geophysical Union journal showing that major coastal California wildfires have declined since 1984.

“Totally consistent with everything I have described above,” said Mass. “Totally inconsistent with the claims of Governor Brown, some climate activists, and too many media outlets.”

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