One-note Harry is getting downright monotonous

Fire behind Red Rock visitor center. (R-J photo

Fire behind Red Rock visitor center. (R-J photo

Got a problem? Harry’s got a scapegoat.

Bad breath? Blame climate change.

Flooding? Global warming.

Drought? Climate change.

Wildfires? You guessed it.

“The West is burning,” Harry Reid told reporters, according to a Review-Journal account. “I could be wrong, but I don’t think we’ve ever had a fire in the Spring Mountains, Charleston range like we just had.

“Why are we having them? Because we have climate change. Things are different. The forests are drier, the winters are shorter, and we have these terrible fires all over the West. … We have climate change. It’s here. You can’t deny it. Why do you think we are having all these fires?”

Reid, Nevada’s senior senator, was talking about the nearly 30,000-acre Carpenter 1 Fire that swept through the Spring Mountains from Trout Canyon to Kyle Canyon, threatening dozens of homes and costing $17 million to fight.

That, according to a Las Vegas Sun account, is almost equal to the state forestry division’s annual fire prevention budget, which is federally funded. The paper said the budget is being cut from $19 million this past year to $7 million this next fiscal year.

Pay no attention to any of that. Blame it on climate change.

Nor pay any heed to the fact that in 1968 the Interior and Agriculture departments ended the decades long practice of prescribed burns to reduce the underbrush and other flammable contributors to fires or that since then the annual acreage burned in wildfires has grown exponentially.

Before 1980, less than 25,000 acres of Nevada burned in wildfires each year. The acreage has now increased to more than 600,000 acres each year.

But pay no attention to the fact there has been no appreciable global warming in 15 years.

Also, pay no heed to the fact that all the “green” energy backers are huge contributors to Harry Reid. That is merely coincidence.

While Harry was blaming every sniffle experienced by those living near the Reid Gardner coal-fired power plant on pollution from the burning coal, it made no difference that the smokestacks met all state and federal clean air standards and the real pollution was from blowing dust.

Harry managed to get the state Legislature to shut it down early and make the ratepayers pick up the tab.

21 comments on “One-note Harry is getting downright monotonous

  1. Steve says:

    Hairy Weed is doing what his “handlers” are telling him to do.
    They reward him with presidential pens.

  2. Vernon Clayson says:

    There’s Al Gore, self-acclaimed expert on global warming, basically noticing it gets warm in summer causing ice to melt earned him a Nobel prize, now we have our own self-acclaimed expert, Harry Reid. He noticed from far off Washington that the hot, dry, and windy Nevada weather does more than drive windmills and heat solar panels. Perhaps he’s forgotten the unrelenting heat in summer and the biting wind in the winter because he’s lived in Washington DC since 1983, with few, albeit timely, forays back here for elections and to orchestrate state and local politics. Weather in nature will do what it does, all the claims of people like Al Gore and Harry Reid will change nothing. If these windbags actually think globally they should realize closing a coal plant in Nevada will not undo the hundreds being built in foreign nations.

  3. Wendy Ellis says:

    “Hairy Weed!” I love it. It’s my understanding that there are similar problems in CA, by not allowing dead wood/brush/diseased trees to be cleared, a literal tinderbox is created.

    What caused the Carpenter 1 fire? Lightning strike? I come from southern NJ, where there is a unique ecosystem of stunted pines and oak trees. It’s called the Pine Barrens. Driving “down the shore,” Route 72 takes you straight through the area. With regularity, areas of the pines catch fire, usually due to lightning. Things are black for awhile, then grow back. It seems to be a natural process.

    I suppose volcanic eruptions are due to global warming as well? They in themselves can CAUSE changes in climate due to ash in the atmosphere. And, the amount of ozone supposedly destroyed by human activity is dwarfed in comparison by a single volcanic eruption.

    Here is a link to many photos of Mt. St. Helens, before, after, and today:
    http://www.google.com/search?q=mt.+st.+helens+before+and+after+and+today&client=safari&rls=en&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=j1HoUfeHIeGuiQK8qoDYDg&ved=0CCoQsAQ&biw=1266&bih=884

  4. We sell coal to China and they send it back on the wind.

  5. Wendy Ellis says:

    Here is a perfect example of why it is a good idea to clear brush:
    http://washingtondnr.wordpress.com/2012/05/22/community-wildfire-preparedness-prevents-a-costly-fire/

  6. sean7326 says:

    You don’t want to know what I think of Reid or what I think should happen to him.
    No, not death, that will come, but before that think of all the things that you would never want to endure or have your friends endure. Now recall the writings of that infamous Frenchman. Beginning to get the picture? Ah, sweet revenge.

  7. Rincon says:

    Same thing with the national debt. Republican lionheart Dick Cheney himself said that deficits don’t matter. Show me proof that the U.S. deficit isn’t just the natural order of things. The debt’s been getting smaller in the last couple of years, proving that it didn’t exist in the first place. Paying the debt is too expensive. Adaptation will be cheaper.

  8. Vernon Clayson says:

    Rincon is on top of things, our national debt and forest fires are “the natural order of things”???? What could be farther apart???

  9. Steve says:

    The USA actually paid off its national debt twice.
    1806 under Jefferson there was more surplus than needed to retire the debt. Though it was not paid off for some reason and I am sure why they didn’t. Jefferson wanted a balanced budget.

    In 1835 Jackson paid of the national debt and it lasted about one year.

    Its not debt that worries me, its percentage of GDP. We only had this high a percentage one before, funding WWII. We got that under control because the USA was the only world economy that did not suffer war damage. We do not have that to fall back on this time.

    This time we will actually have to pay our own party tab. And the hangover is not going to go away easy.
    Stockton, Detroit….next in line? (I would NOT like to be a union or pensioner from either one of those cities, would you?)

  10. Nyp says:

    Younare back with the zombie lievthatvthere has been no global warming in the past 15 years.

    Completely untrue.

    You keep taking an El Niño year as your baseline. That is a fundamental misuse of statistics. You refuse to own up to it. You refuse to address it. And you keep repeating it.

  11. Rincon says:

    Maybe I didn’t make myself clear. As with climate, the budget naturally has its natural (or characteristic) ups and downs. Today’s budget is merely unbalanced due to unspecified natural influences, just as the climate is. I contend with my tongue firmly ion my cheek, that all this budgetary panic is misplaced. Adaptation will be cheaper than paying the budget. I say let’s keep borrowing. No one can prove that our present budget will lead to Armaggedon.

  12. Rincon says:

    Thomas, of course, is still serving his bull cookies, citing some “contributing author” that gets an article published in Forbes, which, last time I checked does not have a single climatologist or perhaps not even an employee with as much as a Bachelor’s degree in science of any kind

    Once again Thomas, NASA and NOAA both have graphs of agreed-upon temperature data and you refuse to post it and let everyone see for themselves. Instead, you cite some (I presume)financial writer.

  13. nyp says:

    James Taylor is a climate denier?
    There isn’t going to be any fire & rain?

  14. Please, Rincon, post a link to your perfect, peerless century of NASA and NOAA data taken in the middle of growing cities of concrete.

  15. Rincon says:

    The cities of concrete data agree with satellite data taken since the late ’60’s. They also agree with a boatload of other data including the melting of glaciers and the north pole, changing distribution of thousands of species of plants and animals, rising sea level, ocean temperatures, etc.

    I’ve posted the NOAA and NASA data in the past. My question is, why do you prefer data from politically biased sources? The answer, of course, is that the unbiased data don’t agree well with your assertions.

  16. Steve says:

    Really? One bias can’t balance the other?
    Rincon can’t post that peer reviewed NASA and NOAA 100 year data cause it doesn’t exist.

  17. Rincon says:

    The peer reviewed data certainly exists and I’ve posted it several times. Since thousands of scientists contribute to the data, it is almost impossible to go to each source independantly. Since NASA and NOAA are two of the largest data contributors by far, they, in conjunction (or, as Conservatives say, in collusion) with thousands of scientists, present the assembled data to the public.

    The temperature data are widely agreed upun. I am aware of no major findings of skewed data to date. The only people talking about the earth not being as warm as stated are a few conservative ideologue groups and professional skeptics employed by the fossil fuel industry..

  18. Steve says:

    Still can’t post any links.
    Heck I would take a scan at this point.

  19. Government agencies are unbiased? Like the IRS?

  20. Rincon says:

    Here’s a link, if it does any good. http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/graphs_v3/

    I know, Thomas. The same kind of thing is said by faith healers and the like regarding doctors – or Jenny McCarthy regarding vaccines and autism. I’m just asking you to post the data. You can put a graph from one of your conservative propogandists next to it and show us how biased NASA is.

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