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May 16, 2014 - 8:25 am

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) blamed climate change for the wildfires that are burning in at least nine locations across the southern part of the state.

The worst of the fires have been concentrated in north San Diego County. Evacuation orders for thousands of residents in Carlsbad and San Marcos were lifted late Thursday.

“The heat is terrible. The last few years have been the driest in recorded California history. They think they’ve got this thing contained or about to,” Brown told CNN. “But they’ve got fires all over the place, and most serious of all, California now is a fire season that’s 70 days longer. So it’s getting longer. And the most serious fires have occurred in the last decade. And so things are getting worse.”

“And despite what you may hear in Washington, climate change is a factor here. We’ve got to live with this. It’s not about theory. It’s not about politics. This is about fires on the ground, people’s homes, firefighters. We’re dealing, we’re adapting, and it’s quite a challenge, let me tell you.”

When asked about human involvement in the spread of the fires and not just Mother Nature, Brown said “any fire is caused by wind, by the fuel that happens to be there, by how dry the timber and the grass is, whether there’s any moisture or not.”

“Right now there’s almost none and, yes, those conditions are definitely caused by climate change, global warming induced by human activity, by the 7 billion people that are generating all this stuff,” he continued. “So we’ve got to make changes. But right now in California, we are dealing with, as we are talking now with the consequences, and we’re handling it the best way we can.”

Two teens were arrested Thursday for starting two brush fires near Escondido, heightening suspicion that arson was involved in the county’s biggest blazes.

“I don’t know that directly, but I do know that people do stupid things,” Brown said. “They throw a cigarette butt out of a car, or they’re doing a little fire somewhere and a spark gets away. They don’t realize that an ember in these dry conditions, it’s all fuel. It’s all kindling because of the dry conditions, and they are very dry. So if someone really wants to intentionally create fires, it’s a pretty — unfortunately and tragically, it’s a very easy task.”

“I tell you right now, it’s hot. I was in San Diego just two days ago. It was plenty hot. Like 100 degrees, something that I’ve never seen. The humidity is below 10 percent. There’s a wind anywhere 8 to 15 miles an hour, depending upon the time of the day. I mean, these are perfect conditions for conflagrations and fires all over the place. So we just hope and pray that a little more cold weather comes along, and we have the equipment.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Moonbeam is a IDIOT, a fool and a Leftist dweeb. Sadly those are his good points. I've lived in the Santa Clara Valley all my live 60+ decades and the D A M N weather hasn't changed enough to write home about. We may get a little more or less rain in any given year but beyond that....NADA, ZERO and ZIP.
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I've spent some time in San Diego and although the weather from April to October is generally mild due to the marine layer that burns off around 10 am, and the cool breeze off the Pacific Ocean, there are hot days. As far back as 1980 I remember it being in the high 90's for a couple days in a row in early June. The thing is, the further inland you go the hotter it is in summer. And all of SoCal is affected when the Santa Ana wind blows.

To say its "climate change" causing it to be 100 degrees F in San Diego is so much bunk.
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Keep building more and more expensive homes in fire (and tornado and hurricane) prone areas, and the "cost" of average natural events will keep getting higher…but the notion that “cost” equals “worse”, is just not the case.

I laughed at how "unprecedented" they claim Hurricane Sandy was, because, besides being born and raised in Jersey, I have a huge coffee table book from the '70's, purchased from a Jersey Sea-shore tourist shop….the title?

“Great Storms of The Jersey Shore”…Loaded with huge black and white pictures of swamped main-streets, overturned houses, and parking lots full of big old-fashioned cars buried to their roofs in sand…

It happened in just about every town from Cape May to Sandy Hook at about 3 year intervals from 1900 to 1960…many towns were wiped out several times over, but that was when Lobster Shanties and Tug-Boat Captains were about all you found out there…and folks love the shore so much, they (used to) accept the risk of investing money in it.

Now they want someone ELSE to cover the financial risk, while they enjoy the sun...its a crock.

Liberals and reality just don’t mix.

History is Kryptonite to a Democrat

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The incidence of wildfires has increased primarily because of unintended consequences of polices for decades by the Forestry Service, undisciplined logging the anti-logging wing to the Environmental Movement and the Endangered Species regulations. For decades the Forestry Service policy has been to immediately address and extinguish fire outbreaks thus curtailing low order ground fires from burning slow growing shade tolerant undergrowth. These fires are essential to the overall health by returning essential nutrients to the soil, removing the primary fuel source before the density increases in volume that causes the old growth trees to burn.

In the case of the Sequoia tree the heat from these fires is an essential element of their seeding cycle, the heat causes seed release. The problem has occurred because the two primary tools for reducing the density of fuel in forests--controlled burning and disciplined logging--have been increasingly restricted by the Forest Service. Controlled burning of moderate stands of undergrowth--fires that would not be hot enough to harm larger trees--is no longer possible in many areas of the west, because the forest density is so great that foresters fear such fires could not be kept under control. Disciplined logging, which preserves forest health in privately owned forest lands, has been dramatically cut back in National Forests because of protests by a small but vocal group of anti-growth, anti-logging organizations with little or no expertise in forest management process. The anti-logging campaign has resulted in essentially the same outcomes
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HOA, local zoning planners, myopic environmentalists, state over-seers and cults...all enforce zero clearing of brush under penalty of severe fines...to pay for their continued enforcement of zero brush clearing.

If you folks in California want to keep the land natural, then don't complain when Nature clears it the way it always does. Otherwise, take mitigation steps to reduce the risk...but that would take intelligence and logic.

Fining an HAO $450,000 because the gardener cleared 100% of the dead brush with a weedwacker instead of the 30% of the dead brush as by law is extreme.

You just want everyone else to pay for your failures and bad planning including your new fire and state insurance premiums.
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Little known fact: Jerry Brown and Joe Biden were co-joined twins separated at birth.
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California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) blamed climate change for the wildfires that are burning in at least nine locations across the southern part of the state.

That's probably because the arsonists who set the fires are climate change SUPPORTERS!!
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Great point, and cause for concern that arson could become an even bigger problem this year as liberal activists resort to extreme measures to promote their agenda. Losing sight of the forest for the trees is the defining characteristic of liberals.
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Everyone knows but CA democrats that Jerry Brown is as bright as a bag of hammers. He did WAY too much toot back in the 80s.
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Or most likely caused by arsonists and/or even muslim terrorists. What an effective way for muslims to fight Americans.
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7 billion people...all causing conditions for raging fires in SoCal. Will there be fires all over our country? Or floods? Or earthquakes?

To the climate change cultists it doesn't matter - it's all 'evidence' in support of their cult of belief. And none of this will stop until we appease their cult god with taxes and other commitments of 'greenness'.

I reject their unscientific cult and their alarmist manipulation of public policy at my expense. I can't even buy a regular light bulb anymore...
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They don't call him Moonbeam for nothing. He got that nickname the old fashioned way. He EARNED it.

The odd thing is, he's honest. No, really. He believes everything he says. It's not an act. He's really that wacky.

And yet, every once in a while, he makes sense. It always annoys the Democrats, but he still does it.

He's an odd duck.
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Jerry Brown IS an odd duck. For a period of his life, he lived in a seminary.
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No, not a seminary. A monastery. He was a monk.


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Moonbeam is a IDIOT, a fool and a Leftist dweeb. Sadly those are his good points. I've lived in the Santa Clara Valley all my live 60+ decades and the D A M N weather hasn't changed enough to write home about. We may get a little more or less rain in any given year but beyond that....NADA, ZERO and ZIP.
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"60+ decades," huh? You're no Methusala but 600+ years is still pretty impressive.
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CNN? He ought to have said it to the S.F. Comical where they take dictation.
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