Wednesday, October 24, 2007

California Wildfires Can't Be Blamed on Global Warming


The Drudge Report has unearthed a memo telling CNN reporters not to "irresponsibly" blame the California fires on global warming.

According to notes from CNN's Monday news meeting network president Jon Klein tells employees to use the California fire tragedy to "push" their "Planet in Peril" special, but warns reporters not to "irresponsibly link" the fires to "Global Warming."


Despite these instructions, CNN's report included predictions of more fires like the current California fire, saying that we could be in for a "century of fires, just like what we're seeing now" as a result of global warming.

Consider these facts from Reuters:

California's parched climate, often desiccated brush, and Santa Ana winds create the perfect recipe for wildfires..."Fire Season" officially begins in early summer and lasts through October, though officials say that as the state suffers through cyclical drought conditions, they consider the season to be almost year-round in Southern California.


Earlier today, CBS News announced that an arson investigation was being launched into the origin of the Santiago Canyon Fire, which they believe was deliberately set. A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arsonist. The Santiago Fire has destroyed homes and buildings causing the evacuation of 3000 people.

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