If you’re paying attention to Montana’s runaway fire season, you’ve heard the alternative facts peddled to the public in order to line industry’s pockets.
Unlike what some elected officials would have you believe, more logging and criticism of so-called “environmental extremists” are not evidence-based solutions to our problem with wildfires. The Lodgepole Complex fire alone burned over 270,000 acres of mostly prairie and agricultural land. Will our representatives blame the ranchers’ cattle for not grazing enough?
The evidence is clear: our fire seasons are growing longer and more intense while being fueled by our changing climate, and our kids’ health is hanging in the balance. My daughter’s doctor appointment was canceled last week because the clinic closed due to hazardous indoor air quality. Florence’s Homecoming week has been postponed for a month; too smoky. And forget about recess outside.
Too many of our elected officials have their heads in the sand while our air quality has plummeted across the state this summer. Tell our Montana representatives that we need more than logging to keep our air safe and our way of life intact. Until they address our changing climate, they’re just playing with fire.