Radical Environmentalists Have Blood of 19 Arizona Firefighters on Their Hands
The account given by Payne is not the whole picture. Firefighting today is not what it was 20 years ago. Fires 20 years ago moved slowly, at 2-3 mph. Today they move at speeds of 10-12 mph. There are three reasons for this. First, people are building more homes near or within forests. In the past, no one dared to build a house in the forest, because there weren't fire departments everywhere. As one retired firefighter told me, "Try to find a photo of a house in the middle of the forest from 100 years ago. You can't."
Secondly, environmentalists started insisting that every forest fire be put out to save trees. Natural forest fires, which are necessary to preserve the balance of nature, are no longer allowed to burn. The overabundance of trees has created an easy path for forest fires. Firefighters who used to easily outrun forest fires can no longer do so. An op-ed in the Los Angeles Times...
More problems created by liberal left democratic policies. Just remember that for decades it can be said that environmentalism can be hazardous to your health. They cost New Orleans from building a system similar to what they have in the Scandinavian countries to prevent flooding, but was stopped by environmentalist for wetland protection. How many who dies during Katrina would have been saved. They eliminated the use of ddt (which humans ate by spoonfuls with no ill effects) and made the once nearly wiped out disease of malaria make a come back, particularly in Africa. Ethanol which pollutes MORE than regular gasoline is causing the corn supply for food to be greatly diminished. Now the lives of these brave fireman.