For all those who’ve been talking about how climate change has contributed to more devastating wildfires – the topic of a Senate committee hearing yesterday – Idaho Sen. Larry Craig put out a press release late yesterday offering the opposite argument. “As a member of the committee, Craig took the opportunity to point out the apparent chicken-and-egg scenario at play – do wildfires cause climate change, or does climate change cause wildfires?” Craig’s press release said. Craig noted that large wildfires release lots of CO2, and called for more active forest management practices, including more logging, to prevent wildfire. “Wildfires in this country released the same amount of greenhouse gases as 12 million automobiles,” Craig said. “Preventing fires through active management is certainly more feasible and cost effective than asking 12 million people not to drive.”
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