Live Now, Roundtable : Media Wrongly Blames Climate Change for Yosemite Park Fire

Climate Change Roundtable Ep21

The Heartland Institute

The corporate media is predictably latching onto the wildfire at Yosemite Park as another example of climate change in action. You’d think the fact that a person started this fire would be deterrence enough, but no. The media will take any opportunity they can to push the climate alarmism narrative.

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Randle Dewees
July 15, 2022 10:49 am

Just checked. The Washburn Fire (Yosemite Fire) is 4,800 acres and 31% contained. 4,800 acres will likely grow a bit but this is peanuts compared to recent mega fires. 31% (or anything over 25%) is code for “we got this”, but still covering their butts.

Randle Dewees
Reply to  Randle Dewees
July 15, 2022 10:53 am

BTW, I can recommend Zoom Earth for near real time satellite imagery, good for seeing the smoke plume. It has a heat source layer that also includes named fire info.

Zoom Earth | LIVE weather map, storm tracker, rain radar

Bryan A
Reply to  Randle Dewees
July 15, 2022 11:15 am

Like it, just bookmarked it

Tombstone Gabby
Reply to  Randle Dewees
July 15, 2022 5:35 pm

G’Day Randle,

“… I can recommend Zoom Earth… “

So, I went and had a look. Zoomed out to see what else might be going on. A red spot in eastern Oregon. Thought – that’s desert out there. Zoomed in. Highway 84, Burnt River. No name on the town. Looked closer – “Cement Plant Road”.

In the early 1970’s I had occasion as a scale technician to visit several cement plants. Yup – hot. Those satellite sensors are pretty darn good. Thanks for the URL.

Reply to  Tombstone Gabby
July 16, 2022 12:10 am

I just looked at the UK and one heat source is Ringwood Road in Burley in the New Forest with no apparent reason (it’s a village)

Reply to  Randle Dewees
July 16, 2022 12:04 am

Great website, bookmarked

Randle Dewees
Reply to  Redge
July 16, 2022 12:53 pm

I’m pretty sure the Zoom Earth heat source layer is using MODIS and VIIRS sat imagery. These products are available in most GIS applications, usually with info like time and temperature. The update is fairly slow – once or twice a day.

Randle Dewees
Reply to  Randle Dewees
July 17, 2022 10:47 am

51% and not much smoke. It’s down in the Merced River canyon bottom pretty rocky and rugged.

Bryan A
July 15, 2022 11:13 am

Climate Change = NO
ECOZealots starting fires so Media can blame Climate Change and spur public fear = Yepperoni

jeff corbin
July 15, 2022 11:13 am

The cause Australian fires of 2019 reverberated through the global English speaking media and science journals for more than two years in order to protect the climate change narrative. Never mind droughts and fires are common in Australia. Never mind the culture of fire stick farming practices. Never mind 75% of the fires in Australia caused by arson. The narrative that 2019 was the “hottest year old record” is to blame. The global political fire storm the Australian fires created was all about protecting the climate change narrative and taking down anyone of prominence who wasn’t lock step.

Fires are common in Yosemite but the narrative is that the frequency and intensity of the fires has increased in the last 30 years. Even if this is true, the record only goes back to 1930. California’s population in 1930 population around 5 million in the 2022 population was around 40 million. With the incursion of suburbia and exurbia into the historic fire district of California comes increased risk.

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jeff corbin
Reply to  jeff corbin
July 15, 2022 11:35 am

I lived North of LA 1959-1964 smoke from the fires in the hills was common, so were droughts and Santa Ana winds. My Grandparents lived in Paradise California 1967-1994 that was devastated by he Camp Fire several years ago. I visited him in Paradise in July 1977 during a drought and bad heat wave. The Oronoco Reservoir was very low, (a year later there was so much water they thought the dam would burst…so it goes in California). He told me to sleep in my camper van and be ready to leave at a moments notice because he believed Paradise burning to the ground was imminent…He told me :”One spark and were done here”, he also said, “They (the town government and the state) refuse to build a fire brake and take down the trees so it’s like we’re living in a lake of gasoline in the dessert…one thunderstorm or cigarette butt within 20 miles of here and we’re done”. “everything burns and many people die”. I thought he was just being my old grumpy Grandad. He wanted to move but he was on a fixed income and already 80’s years old. Fortunately, Paradise outlived him by 21 years but sadly it’s gone now.

Old Man Winter
Reply to  jeff corbin
July 15, 2022 1:56 pm

National Park Service- About 85% of wildfires are human-caused. Those are from
“campfires left unattended, the burning of debris, equipment use & malfunctions,
negligently discarded cigarettes, and intentional acts of arson.”

I’m guessing that powerlines are included in “equipment use & malfunctions”
h/t Kip Hansen

PG&E will bury 10k mi of powerlines to reduce fire potential. They also can
use drones to inspect lines & towers.

David Elstrom
July 15, 2022 11:45 am

The (propaganda) media doesn’t “wrongly blame climate change.” It knows the truth and cooperates in the climate change deception perpetrated by the fascistic global elite.

Bryan A
Reply to  David Elstrom
July 15, 2022 12:25 pm

That’s because most of the major media outlets are owned by those same fascist elitists

Reply to  David Elstrom
July 15, 2022 6:32 pm

If it bleeds it leads! The MSM is about profits at any cost. Goebels would be proud!

Reply to  David Elstrom
July 18, 2022 3:31 pm

They blame climate change. They are wrong. Ipso facto, they “wrongly blame climate change”. They are knowingly pushing a false narrative rather than striving for accuracy and failing, but either way they are wrong to blame climate change.

Dr. Jimmy Vigo
July 15, 2022 12:02 pm

Did they mention that the sequoia trees for survival require burning in really hot fire? Extinguishing fire at Yosemite Park can actually kill the trees chances of survival. The own Californian government has a web page explaining this natural biology:

Mike Dubrasich
Reply to  Dr. Jimmy Vigo
July 15, 2022 5:27 pm

Really hot fires k*ll 1,200 yo Sequoias. There is NO shortage of seedlings. An individual tree can produce over a million seeds every year. Giant Sequoias are not going extinct for lack of fire.

We don’t need to incinerate 1,200 yo trees to “save” the species.
The gummit website is baloney. Do not trust the Agencies. They lie constantly.

Reply to  Dr. Jimmy Vigo
July 18, 2022 3:39 pm

Sequoias depend on cool (comparatively speaking) fires clearing out the undergowth to make room for their offspring. The mature trees are nearly impervious to low burning fires. A really hot fire can damage the tree from shallow spreading roots to needles, cones, and branches. Burning off or clearing out the fuel load before a “really hot fire” can be sustained is actually the whole idea.

July 15, 2022 12:58 pm

The media NEVER tell you the truth, they only ever talk about what they are paid to talk about !!! Never trust the “media” !!!

Reply to  Sylvia
July 16, 2022 12:11 am

The Misleadia

Reply to  Redge
July 16, 2022 5:02 am

That’s a great term!

Mike Dubrasich
July 15, 2022 5:47 pm

Mr. Burnett, You are doing a great job. Your essays are wonderful. You have my complete support.

That being said, your statements above regarding the spotted owl/barred owl relationship were wrong. Barred owls are not “driving out” spotted owls. They do not predate (eat) spotted owls. They are two varietals of the same species. They interbreed.

Please check your sources. Aren’t they (your sources) the selfsame mendacious wi-bi’s who have been lying their heads off re spotted owls for 30 years? The same quacks who inflicted a “plan” to “save” the owls that destroyed an industry, cost tens of billions per year for 30 years, robbed the PNW economy and residents, and caused a 90% owl population crash?

The failures of the eco-loons are catastrophic. Their veracity is non-existent. Nothing they say is true. They have a vicious political agenda that taints their “science”, which is totally fabricated myth and claptrap.

Please, question authority — especially authorities whose failures are manifest.

July 16, 2022 12:20 am

Carrington/Sporers’ work an excel graph spliced on

July 16, 2022 1:22 am

According to the BBC the ban on nitrogen fertiliser in Sri Lanka was lifted after a few months and has nothing to do with the fertiliser ban.

July 16, 2022 3:55 am

and the floods in Yellowstone… they were climate change too.

Reply to  griff
July 18, 2022 3:51 pm

Not sure what you’re intending here. Is it truly your belief that fires and floods in the West are some how a change from prior times (years, decades, centuries, millennia)? (Hint, not since the last Ice Sheet). Or were you uncharacteristically making a sarcastic remark about how the wholly ridiculous contention that wildfire in the Sierra Nevada being caused by a climate change is as ridiculous as blaming flooding in the Rockies on climate change?

July 16, 2022 6:17 am

“That changed over much of the country – however – with the Kyoto protocol. Maintenance of open woodland was discouraged. Prescribed burning was included in emissions – wildfires were not.”

Australian hydrologists Robert Ellison

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July 16, 2022 6:25 am

You’re not even half right. The 30y HadSST3 follows the 109y SN with an 11y lag @ r=.95.

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