Mike Shellenberger+ Your Authors @ShellenbergerMD Best-selling author, “Apocalypse Never” : Time “Hero of Environment” : Green Book Award : Pres., Environmental Progress : Invited IPCC Expert : MD = my initials Sep. 08, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

2M acres of California have burned so far this year

But *4.4 - 12M* acres (!) burned each year in *pre-industrial* times

It is gross misinformation to blame climate change for our fires

And scientists in February 2020 concluded that California needs to burn 20M acres to restabilize forest ecology

 https://www.propublica.org/article/they-know-how-to-prevent-megafires-why-wont-anybody-listen 

“Of the hundreds of persons who visit the Pacific slope of California every summer to see the mountains,” reported a U.S. government scientist in 1898, who had surveyed the region, “few see more than the immediate foreground and a haze of smoke.”

 https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelshellenberger/2020/08/24/stop-blaming-climate-change-for-californias-fires-many-forests-including-the-redwoods-need-them/#2a16f27a70b3 

Last month, @GavinNewsom and @realDonaldTrump signed an agreement to treat 1M acres/year of California's forests through 2025

 https://www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/8.12.20-CA-Shared-Stewardship-MOU.pdf 

Where @GavinNewsom could have promoted this agreement as a case of rare bipartisan agreement he is instead engaging in misleading alarmism that has polarized the American people & prevented pragmatic action.


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