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Posted by: thepinetree on 12/05/2018 01:55 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 12/05/2018 01:55 PM
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Analysis Shows 2018 California Wildfires Emitted as Much Carbon Dioxide as an Entire Year's Worth of Electricity

Washington, DC...U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced that according to data analyzed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the 2018 wildfire season in California is estimated to have released emissions equivalent to roughly 68 million tons of carbon dioxide. This number equates to about 15 percent of all California emissions, and it is on par with the annual emissions produced by generating enough electricity to power the entire state for a year. The recent Camp and Woolsey fires have produced emissions equivalent to roughly 5.5 million tons of carbon dioxide.




"We know that wildfires can be deadly and cost billions of dollars, but this analysis from the U.S. Geological Survey also shows just how bad catastrophic fires are for the environment and for the public's health," said Secretary Zinke. "There's too much dead and dying timber in the forest, which fuels these catastrophic fires. Proper management of our forests, to include small prescribed burns, mechanical thinning, and other techniques, will improve forest health and reduce the risk of wildfires, while also helping curb the carbon emissions. The intensity and range of these fires indicate we can no longer ignore proper forest management. We can and must do a better job of protecting both the forests and the communities on the urban-wildland interface. Leaving forests unmanaged is no longer a safe option.”

These preliminary estimates were produced using provisional data from this year’s wildfire season. The USGS compared that to the emissions produced by California’s electricity (imported and produced in-state) during the entire year of 2016, which was roughly 76 million tons according to data provided by the California Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory.


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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-12-05 14:25:28   By: Anonymous
 
Cut the huge waste of CAL FIRE budget. Buy our own 747 jet liners to put out fires. Get a work force in the forests to manage it...yesterday!

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2018-12-05 18:07:49   By: Anonymous
     
    Chicken, corn, green peppers, chili....sigh onions....

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2018-12-05 21:37:28   By: Anonymous
       
      smoked paprika...

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2018-12-05 19:56:20   By: Anonymous
     
    And Dennis Mills spews more bullsheet than a 500 head herd.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2018-12-05 23:26:54   By: Anonymous
       
      His ramblings don't even make sense. What an insecure sh*t-bag.

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Stop the nonsense. . .
Posted on: 2018-12-05 14:27:04   By: Anonymous
 
Well that seems pretty clear - STOP the climate change nonsense and lets focus & fund a healthy forest, watershed and water for everyone to enjoy!

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    Re: Stop the nonsense. . .
    Posted on: 2018-12-05 14:52:32   By: Anonymous
     
    Climate change is real. Read a science book.

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      Re: Stop the nonsense. . .
      Posted on: 2018-12-05 19:57:52   By: Anonymous
       
      Books create Carbon you fool!

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      Re: Stop the nonsense. . .
      Posted on: 2018-12-05 21:34:05   By: Anonymous
       
      Yes climate change is real, it has always changed. Humans trying to change it has as much effect as pizzing in the ocean.

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        Re: Stop the nonsense. . .
        Posted on: 2018-12-05 23:35:45   By: Anonymous
         
        Pissing in the ocean does have an effect. The oceans are becoming acidic.Too much plastic and pollution is contaminating all of the marine life.

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          Re: Stop the nonsense. . .
          Posted on: 2018-12-06 00:02:11   By: Anonymous
           
          Ooh jeez...

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          Re: Stop the nonsense. . .
          Posted on: 2018-12-06 11:09:43   By: Anonymous
           
          You need a vacation.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-12-05 23:32:18   By: Anonymous
 
Too bad the Trump administration cut funding to manage forests, put a coal lobbyist in charge of the EPA (an agency started by Republican Nixon), and withdrew from the Paris Accord.



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    Re: Paris Accord.
    Posted on: 2018-12-06 00:05:57   By: Anonymous
     
    Smart move, hard to get parts for.

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      Re: Paris Accord.
      Posted on: 2018-12-06 06:14:21   By: Anonymous
       
      I'd like to withdraw from Melania..........WHEN I'M DONE THAT IS!!!

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