Do the Canadian wildfires serve as evidence supporting the claims made by environmentalists? Are we truly left with only 70 years to live, with a trillion-dollar crisis looming, ready to exploit any extreme weather event for green energy funding? Currently, efforts are underway to combat the Canadian wildfires. Canada’s Prime Minister has cautioned that these fires will become increasingly prevalent due to climate change. Meanwhile, Chuck Schumer has ominously declared that reversing the destructive effects of climate change will require substantial financial investment, possibly impacting the general population, even necessitating unconventional measures like consuming insects.
To provide some perspective, back in 1780, Canadian forest fires caused a two-day blackout across New England. Such incidents are not unprecedented. Now, what is causing the current fires? Multiple factors contribute, including randomness, a mild winter, the long-standing El Niño phenomenon, which redistributes rainfall, as well as lightning strikes and arson, which regrettably occur in forestry. These factors are aggravated by ineffective policies that neglect the clearance of underbrush—a practice commonly undertaken by timber companies. Consequently, fires become more severe. Canadian statistics demonstrate this correlation. The Canadian National Fire Database reveals a decline in the number of forest fires over the past 40 years, undermining claims of global warming. However, the area affected by fires has either remained stable or increased. The government must take responsibility for this contradiction.
Governments often display irresponsibility due to their inefficiency and prioritization of funds for initiatives such as diversity outreach. Additionally, governments tend to acquire productive land as a result of the left-wing obsession with minimizing human impact on the environment. Unfortunately, brush management requires human intervention. We witness similar scenarios nearly every year in California, where lightning strikes, arson, or homeless encampments transform minor fires into catastrophic infernos due to the government’s failure to clear vegetation. These fires, too, are exploited for additional green energy subsidies.
What distinguishes the Canadian fires is their unprecedented scale. Given Canada’s vastness and abundant forests, the fires have already consumed an area equivalent to the size of Maryland or half of Nova Scotia, employing the metric system. This significant scale has unveiled a previously unknown issue—solar panels cease functioning efficiently in the presence of heavy smoke. Bloomberg reports a decline of over 50% in solar panel output across the northeastern United States. Fortunately, our energy grid is not solely reliant on solar power, as a 50% reduction would result in power shortages, necessitating rolling blackouts and affecting non-essential services, including households. It’s worth pausing to appreciate the irony here: misguided green policies that neglected brush clearance have exposed another flaw in the form of solar panels’ ineffectiveness under smoky conditions.
Bloomberg even acknowledges that as solar power becomes more integral to the energy mix, grid operators must be better prepared. Here’s a radical suggestion: let’s abandon solar power as part of our preparation. Of course, this is unlikely since taxpayer money is highly sought after. We shall monitor developments closely. Until next time.