House’s wildfire protection bill makes forests more dangerous

By Joe Trudeau, advocate, Center for Biological Diversity
AZ Central
November 24, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The 2017 wildfire season burned nearly 9 million acres across the United States, killing dozens of people, consuming $2.9 billion in federal firefighting funds and costing billions more in property damage. But members of Congress are making things even worse by trying to exploit the public’s fears and misunderstandings of wildfire. Under the guise of protecting us, some lawmakers are pushing bills that would harm public forests and wildlife, increase wildfire suppression costs, endanger firefighters, suppress public oversight and do nothing to make our communities safer. It’s especially disheartening to see U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema align herself with the most extreme factions of the Republican Party and vote for the worst of these bills, H.R. 2936. Sinema was one of 10 Democrats joining Republicans to pass the bill last week. Doesn’t Sinema know that this bill is nothing more than a gift to the timber industry?

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