So California has been in the news a lot lately. But I want to focus on these horrendous fires that are currently happening.
I’ve always seen California as a delicate balance between decadence and preservation. Those two terms clash more than they agree. These fires seem to have pushed that disagreement to a climax.
On the one hand, you have these multi million dollar homes, which would be just as expensive anywhere else in the country, burning into piles of ash - 2500 at last count, total. More than one insurance company is going to go out of business, most certainly. 2500 homes, as reported on NPR this afternoon, will easily push this catastrophe into the tens of billions of dollars worth of damage. I don’t remember a hurricane doing this much damage, and it isn’t yet over. At least the human toll has so far been relatively low.
On the other hand, you have the environmentalists who blocked legislation to clean out these forests of the dead and dying trees, and the underbrush that acts as catalysts to this type of catastrophe. Not that clearing out the forests would have prevented this from happening at all, since weather seems to be playing a major role in this disaster. From what I have seen so far, the fires seem to be benefitting from a series of coincidental circumstances.
I have two subjects for this debate.
What are the extreme environmental groups, such as ELF, thinking right now? All of these developments and country clubs are going up in flames, but so are their forests. Certainly they realize that the developments will be rebuilt quicker than the forests can regenerate. The wildlife alone that has been killed is probably staggering.
What is the litmus test from the rest of (more northern) California? Is there a certain sense of comeuppance? Did these decadent and fortunate Californians deserve this?
Me? I just feel sorry for a state that has yet found the bottom, simply digging deeper.