What Florida gets right about using controlled burns to prevent damaging wildfires, and what California could learn from it.
We need to clearcut the government regulations hampering efforts to effectively battle wildfires.
Party leaders don’t want a replacement on the recall ballot.
The state's insurance commissioner forbids the canceling of policies for homes in risky areas.
The state's wildfire conundrum: overgrown forests, climate change, and more people living in the woods
Controlled, prescribed burns can stop wildfires from spreading. Too bad they are effectively prohibited by rules like the Clean Air Act.
Firefighting resource shortages are caused by a legislature that is more interested in preserving union wages than in creating a firefighting system that works for the public.
Harsh occupational license rules locked them out, except when they were locked up. A new bill just passed to change the rules.
"Environmental humanism will eventually triumph over apocalyptic environmentalism."
The Renew California legislation introduced yesterday would force insurance companies to renew insurance policies in wildfire zones.
But without specifying an actual cybersecurity risk, the policy comes off looking like a wasteful protectionist maneuver that will likely put human pilots back in riskier situations.
Maybe. Here's the evidence we have so far.
That's not the comparison you want if you're a California governor. Newsom should spend more time dealing with the nuts-and-bolts of government and less time preening for the national stage.
California's Wonky Insurance and Land Use Regulations Make the State's Wildfires Deadlier and More Destructive
The state has made it exceedingly difficult to build in fire-safe cities, while also making insurance rates in high-risk areas artificially cheap.
Environmental commons like the Amazon rain forest are vulnerable to shifts in the fickle winds of politics.
Problematic deforestation continues, but the "lungs of the earth" are still breathing.
If market-rate wildfire insurance is too expensive for homeowners, maybe that's telling us something about the risks of living amidst pretty tinder.
A new book throws red meat to "public land advocates," but its arguments leave a lot to be desired.