• Re: Green woke activists have hurt the environment by letting Hawaii an

    From Incompetent woke Democrats@21:1/5 to All on Tue Aug 22 05:38:15 2023
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    On 18 Aug 2023, Rod Stern <nowomr@protonmail.com> posted some news:ubpart$jldo$25@dont-email.me:

    You Hawaiian bastards voted for it. You voted incompetent woke
    Democrats into office everywhere.

    Barack Obama’s first White House chief of staff famously declared: “You
    never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” His point has become a
    cynical tactic of the left ever since.

    Any time there is a tragedy — capitalize on people’s suffering and
    despair to advance your political agenda.

    It’s in keeping with this doctrine that we hear the rant that climate
    change was the match that lit the fires.

    The New York Times shamelessly ran this headline: Climate Change Turned
    Lush Hawaii into a Tinder Box.

    The White House has similarly blamed the Canadian and California
    wildfires on climate change.

    This is fake news.

    There were many contributing factors to those fires.

    The hot and dry weather and high winds were certainly a major factor.

    Mother Nature periodically erupts with ferocity, and only a fool would
    believe that any government policy would have changed the heat or wind
    gusts in the Pacific Ocean.

    But what could have prevented the near-100 deaths, the loss of thousands
    of homes and the billions of dollars of property damage was better
    planning for just this kind of event.

    That risk mitigation didn’t happen despite years of warnings by climate experts, the utility companies and local residents.

    Why didn’t it? Well, herein lies the real scandal of the Hawaii fires.

    As The Wall Street Journal explained: “Four years ago, the utility
    company said it needed to do more to prevent its power lines from
    emitting sparks. It made little progress, focusing on a shift to clean
    energy. Between 2019 and 2022, it invested less than $245,000 on wildfire-specific projects on the island, regulatory filings show.”

    Last year, according to CNN, “Hawaiian Electric asked the state Public Utilities Commission to allow it to spend $189 million” to “protect
    against wildfires and downed power lines.”

    Hawaiian Electric repeatedly warned that “the risk of a utility system
    causing a wildfire ignition is significant.”

    Yet the money that WAS spent on fire mitigation was less than 1% of what
    was recommended.

    Almost every fire expert now acknowledges downed power lines ignited the
    fires.

    This was precisely the same thing that turned California into a tinder
    box and charred more than 5 million acres of land.

    So why wasn’t the money spent to prevent this tragedy? The answer is
    partly gross government mismanagement.

    But the climate-change activists played a role here too, by persuading
    the politicians that the state and the utility must spent tens of
    millions trying to meet a foolhardy 2015 mandate requiring 100% of the utility’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2045.

    Does anyone believe that if the state had more windmills and solar
    panels that these horrific fires would not have ravaged the island?

    It wasn’t our fossil-fuel use that caused the fires. It was
    climate-change alarmists who demanded all the money go to green energy
    rather than saving at-risk homes and lives.

    There is a bitter irony to this whole story.

    It turns out that in recent years the forest fires in California and
    Canada and now Hawaii have emitted so much carbon into the planet’s
    atmosphere that they have undone most of the supposed benefits of the
    hundreds upon hundreds of billions of dollars the United States has
    spent to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions over the past decade.

    In other words, if we simply took a small fraction of the money
    governments spend on wind and solar and batteries and taking away
    people’s cars, gas stoves and pizza ovens and instead spent the money on
    better forest management, we would be doing more to clean the air.

    And we’d be saving many more lives — of humans and animal life and
    trees. Isn’t that the objective of a true “green” agenda?

    Stephen Moore is a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation and an
    economist at FreedomWorks. He is the co-author of the book “Fueling
    Freedom: Exposing the Mad War on Energy.”

    https://nypost.com/2023/08/21/green-activists-have-hurt-the-environment-b y-letting-hawaii-and-california-burn/

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