Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Enviros say kill people. Not fish.

"The U.S. Forest Service is weighing tighter restrictions on aerial fire retardant drops as part of a long-running legal battle over the environmental effects of pouring millions of gallons of the chemical mixture on Western wildlands every year.

Retardant use has soared in recent decades as wildfires have grown larger and more houses have been built on the wildland edge. Nationally, federal and state agencies apply an average of more than 28 million gallons a year, the vast majority of it in the West and much of that in California."

Maybe they use so much of this stuff because Californians are batshit crazy about letting any tree be trimmed. They can't clear out the forests of fuel. People won't trim their trees for defensible space.

Now they want to limit the use of retardant - which will basically just risk lives of firefighters.


  1. Ah yes, the wonderful unintended effects of Clinton's "No roads No Trails" initiative." You know, the one that blocked access to millions of acres of forests for fightfighters so that they just burned, and burned hot because the forest service couldn't get in and clear the deadfall.