How Federal Regulation, not Climate Change, Explains California’s Wildfire Crisis: Experts

Fox News cites Director for the Center for Energy and Environment Myron Ebell on California’s wildfire crisis:

“The problem is not global warming or any other extraneous factor, it’s forest mismanagement,” Myron Ebell, director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, said in a press call with other center-right experts. “I would call it eco-imperialism.”

In a separate interview with Fox News, Ebell explained that the federal government owns 57 percent of the forest land in California, but approximately 80 percent of the lumber produced in California comes from private lands, thanks to federal regulation and misconceptions about the role of logging in forest management. While environmentalists see logging as an exploitation of the environment, logging actually serves a key role in removing extra lumber that can build up and increase the risk of devastating fires.

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