MEGA FIRES: Living with pandemics, riots, and wildfire.
By Del Albright
The following link is to a great article from Jon Miltimore of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), which clearly points out how forest fires are NOT at some historic high (number of fires and acres burned).
The 1930s and 1940s were the big number years. But more importantly, he drives home these key points:
- California mega fires stem largely from decades-long mismanagement of forests;
- Current troubling tendency to simply blame apocalyptic blazes on climate change;
- The yearly average (burned acreage) between 1926 – 1952 was several times higher than the peaks today.
- Pandemics, riots, and wildfires are nothing new; they’ve been around as long as humans have.
He really captured my attention when he pointed out the work of economist Robert Higgs (Crisis and Leviathan) who said when crises come, “governments almost certainly will gain new powers over economic and social affairs.”
In other words this serves as a reminder that with every messy crisis someone gains more power (over us) and to not abandon your liberty!