As Nate Hochman on The Dispatch writes, both climate change and forest mismanagement are to blame for wildfires in the west.
- Climate change has led to longer and drier summers.
- Poor forest management techniques, such as fire suppression, have created tinder boxes for fires.
“Our ability to avoid disastrous situations like the one currently engulfing the Western United States is impeded by partisans on both sides refusing to acknowledge the complexities of the issue—one can push common-sense climate policies alongside repealing onerous government regulation. The two are far from mutually exclusive.”
Read the full article here.