More Than Trees Go Up in Smoke
Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+1306) 17 days ago
This summer the cost of battling wildfires in Montana has varied on a daily basis from $300,000 to as much as $1.8 million according to state Budget Director Dan Villa* and we have burned through all the money the 2017 legislature allocated for fire suppression.

Senator Tester’s office calculated the amount of national resources that have been directed to the fires in Montana. They include:
- Over $190 million in federal money has been spent fighting wildfires
- Over 4,000 total personnel
- Approximately 250 engines
- Over 40 helicopters

Today the Billings Gazette published an opinion called, “More than trees go up in smoke.” I recommend reading it.

http://billingsgazette.co...6d8a5.html

In terms of climate change, last week Houston, sustained $100 billion in damages from Hurricane Harvey, who rained down 51 inches of wet destruction in less than a week.

This week, the biggest hurricane on record, Hurricane Irma, is about to hit Florida. One can only guess how much damage this extreme weather event will do, and how much it will cost to repair the damage.

Climate change is creating many nightmares for the people of the United States (and the world). There are things that can be done to mitigate climate change if our leaders will face the facts, listen to the climate scientists who have been sounding the alarms for years, and develop a strategic plan. Getting back in the Paris Accord would be a good first step.

Otherwise, we all are looking at what portends to be a very grim future.

* Source: US News and World Report, August 16, 2017
https://www.usnews.com/ne...ue-to-rage
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Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+1306) 15 days ago
"More than 1 million acres have burned this summer; state fire fund drained" by Holly K. Michels (holly.michels@lee.net) September 7, 2017

http://helenair.com/news/...d55c1.html
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Posted by The man from snowy plains (-118) 8 days ago
Well the Montana weather has prevailed once again. If you read the fine print in Gov Bullock budget..The term extraction income for state taxes is short of expectations. No doubt this is GOOD OK CARBON..be coal or oil and gas..Good ok OBAMA years trickle down dummy attack on energy. But to be fair, oil prices are always based on OPEC, just a simple truth. However THE OTHER CARBON..Glorious coal has dumped money into the state coffers for decades and each dollar is respent many times over. SO OUR GRAND WIZARD BULLOCK dare not say COAL or Natural Gas. Had he had a brain between his ears he would have contemplated a tax reduction on oil and gas as was done in 2003 era. Which lit up an expansion in drilling in eastern montana...Humm, oh that might be a Reagan economics (trickle down) action. Maybe some inventive to assist C O 2 injection and recovery.
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Posted by Bridgier (+7507) 8 days ago
Coal's deader then Zed, baby...

[Edited by Bridgier (9/15/2017 2:42:29 PM)]
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Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+1306) 8 days ago
1. Cost of Fighting US Wildfires in 2017 Topped $2 Billion

https://www.voanews.com/a...29968.html

2. Estimated Cost of 2017 Hurricane Harvey

https://www.nytimes.com/i...ml?mcubz=0

3. Estimated Cost of 2017 Hurricane Irma

https://www.theguardian.c...each-300bn

4. Analysis of Billion Dollar Weather by National Geographic

http://news.nationalgeogr...e-graphic/
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+13212) 8 days ago
If coal wasn't dead before, it is now.


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Posted by The man from snowy plains (-118) 8 days ago
Ahoy there, have you ever heard of methane gas , Oh it is right out of the coal fields..Your WIND Turbines and solar panels are the next ecological night mare. But you keep singing the tune, But don't forget, you had 3 or 4 decades too BUILD nuclear power plants.
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+8718) 7 days ago
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I love light comedy.
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