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Forest fires occur naturally, so arson can't be real? Featured

Saying "climate change happened naturally in the past, and therefore human's can't cause it" is like saying "forest fires occurred naturally in the past. So there can't be arson."

Variation: Arson and camper carelessness can't cause fires, because forest fires often occurred naturally before people even existed!

Notes: Just because something occurred naturally in the past, doesn't mean people can't cause it now.

According to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), in 2010 90% of fires in national forests were human-caused, vs. 10% caused by lightning strikes.   However, the lightning fires burned far more acres, because they started in remote areas.  See NIFC table in file link to right.

Bite Source: inspired by Haydn Washington & John Cook, Climate Change Denial (2011), p 50.  Also, Richard Alley, CLEAN workshop, June 7, 2011.

Image Source:  Tammy Bruce

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Submitted by
Tom Smerling
Created
2011-06-10