A waste is a waste is a waste. But these folks chose to live there knowing the circumstances. I’m not talking about the circumstances of potential fire danger, I’m talking about political decisions making it impossible to reduce the fire danger to property. If they didn’t know, they should have if only to protect their investment.
The people living in the Tahoe area should have come together to change stupid laws that were endangering their property. If they didn’t they have no one to blame but themselves. But I suspect they were mesmerized by the beauty of the area and just rolled the dice. When you do that, sometimes you lose.
I watched Oreilly yesterday too , and you got it dead on.
If more people treated this country like there own home Ill bet that fence would go up real quick too.
By the way ,tree’s grow back ,so will the brush.
I also saw a documentary on NG proving how forest fires are essential to new growth.
When trees cast out sunlight it prevents the seeds they drop from germinating.
I learned about the dangers of uncleared underbrush to forrest habitats from my liberal college proffesors 30 years ago. Did liberals really push the 30 feet maximun law, or was it just some government beaurocrats anxious to exercise their authority?
I also wanted to pick a nit about the Spotted Owl thing. The political Right has inaccurately re-defined the Spotted Owl issue as being all about saving Spotted Owls. It’s not and never was. It is about saving Old Growth Forrests. The Spotted Owl habitat is typically Old Growth Forrests. Since Owls are at the top of their food chain, they act as an indicator species for the whole ecosystem. A canary in the coal mine. If the canary dies, there’s poison in the mine. If the Spotted Owl population dwindles, there is probably danger to the entire Old Growth Forrest ecosystem.
So, it’s not about a preference between Spotted Owls and Humans. It’s also not about Old Growth Forrests and Humans. If it was, any sane person would side with the Humans. Some will try to portray is as a preference between Old Growth Forrest and the Timber Industry. The timber industry can still harvest new growth forrests and be profitable, just not as profitable. So if the preference is between having Old Growth Forrests or cheaper header beams, I’ll take the forrests please. Thank You.
Yea but the liberals will try to scare you into voting for them and their measures by warming up the global warming issue along with the old growth thing. Neither is really a problem ,yet.
If Al Gore announces that he is going to run ,I think that will put into qustion his sincerity about global warming. Is he just warming us up for the big announcement ?
Is this installed fear going to be part of his platform ?
He wiil be pitching how we shouldnt cut down anything , I can hear it now.
Sorry, but I’m not buying the old-growth forest idea. I live in Alaska where we have millions and millions of acres of old-growth forest. For 40 years we suppressed forest fires because Smokey said we should. About 15 years ago, spruce bark beetles infested the Kenai peninsula. Spruce bark beetles eat old-grown white spruce. The foresters and entimologists said the solution was to control-burn or log the northern Kenai before the beetles made it to the mainland of Alaska. Well, the environmentalists screamed. White spruce is old-growth. It’s the preiminent species. You can’t kill it!
Well, we did nothing and the beetles spread north. They’re now all the way into the Interior. Vast acres of white spruce are standing dead. Last few years, nasty forest fires have nearly destroyed a couple of towns. We lost the economic value of logging those beautiful, but doomed trees. We’re building houses out of new-growth weed trees. Those houses won’t last 20 years. (Doug, when your header beams need replacing and they condemn your house, remember this blog; it’s not about cheap, it’s about durability). But, hey, we have a lot of dead old-growth trees standing around us. Whoooh! Yeah, ain’t they lovely?
It sounds like such a noble idea, but we fail to recognize history. The Native Americans regularly fired the forests of the Lower 48 to keep down underbrush and prevent big fires that killed the animals and wiped out Indian communities. IIt also served to control bug infestations. Instead of learning from them, we silly white people suppressed forest fires and now are paying the price of 50 years of fuel that shouldn’t be there and elderly trees that are just ripe for a bug-munch. Logging those trees would have accomplished the same thing as fire without all the smog.
Also, corporations are the reason that USA is such an advanced country in the first place. People fail to understand that only corporations have resources and incentives of free market to achieve anything substantial.
Why USA got the man on the moon? Boeing, McDonnell-Douglas, computer engineering and electronics corporations.
Who invents drugs that prolong our life and health? Pharmaceutical corporations.
Who invented computer operating systems and software used all over the world? Microsoft, Adobe, Apple, Sun Microsystems, IBM.
List goes on and on and on…..
Everything that we take for granted was made by corporations, and could be made only by corporations.
Look at Russia, my home country – the country rich with intellect and resources, poor clean corporate tradition. WHAT HAVE RUSSIANS INVENTED IN PAST 30 YEARS?
No Russian “Toyota”, no Russian “Microsoft”, no Russian “Merck”. Nothing.
Corporations, driven by free market, seek to make money, which inevitably means, create useful products. Without them, USA will become big American Soviet Union – poor, desperate, hopeless. Liberals should move to Russia and see for themselves – to real Russia, not Muscovy.
Tahoe Regional Planning Agency: A bi-state agency conceived in the 1960s by Republican Govs. Ronald Reagan of California and Paul Laxalt of Nevada. The TRPA was created by an Act of Congress and President Nixon and charged with the lofty goal of preserving a national treasure and its fragile environment.
I’l bet its the liberals that didnt cut back their brush. The point being made is that common sense prevailed in this mans case, He trimmed his brush further than allowed by law and he still has his house. This goes to independent thinking.
He didnt act like a bunch of lemmings on fire at the edge of a cliff.
Which is what I would categorise as liberal thinking.
The unfortunates that lost there houses were probably worried about losing their grass. Which I would categorise as liberal thinking.