In light of the tragic wildfires and ensuing mudslides that ravaged southern California, it's important to take note of a 2015 issue of the U.S. Forest Service's journal, Fire Management Today, titled "Climate Change: The Future is Here." This publication states that "Increasing temperatures and changes in precipitation and snowmelt patterns are increasing the severity and size of wildfires in the West." Concern is also expressed about "the occurrence of fire that is outside the range of our existing experience" and the danger this poses to firefighters and communities.
"As greenhouse gas emissions increase, sea levels are rising, average global temperatures are increasing and severe weather patterns are accelerating. These changes, coupled with other global dynamics, will devastate homes, land and infrastructure." — 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review, U.S. Department of Defense The United States and Caribbean have experienced the terrible destruction caused by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. In South Asia, exceptionally heavy monsoon rains killed more than 1,400 people and left millions homeless.
State Sen. Tom Tiffany and Rep. Adam Jarchow did a commendable job explaining the economic reasons why they take on the environmental left. However, environmental policies must also be based on what is truly occurring in our world. Sen. Tiffany recently stated that it was appropriate for the Department of Natural Resources to remove references to human-caused climate change from its website "because climate change is a theoretical construct."