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16 Sep
Last year, Extinction Rebellion claimed "billions will die from climate change" & "Earth is dying"

Both are lies, and I called them out for it

Now it is lying about me & smearing my colleague @ziontree

Why? Because @ziontree rightly denounced Extinction Rebellion for alarmism
As background, I

- have been an environmental activist for 33 years & a climate activist for 20 years

- helped win massive govt investment in renewables, 2003-09

- helped saved enough nuclear since 2016 to reduce CO2 equivalent to 24M cars on road

environmentalprogress.org/founder-presid…
Our small nonprofit research and policy organization @envprogress is funded by a small group of individuals with no financial interest in our research or advocacy

And, unlike @XRebellionUK @Greenpeace @SierraClub @NRDC we disclose our donors publicly:

environmentalprogress.org/mission
Read 17 tweets
14 Sep
This is false

No mainstream scientist blames California's recent drought on climate change as Gov. @GavinNewsom has just done with @realDonaldTrump

The most scientists are willing to say is that it made the drought 15-20% more intense

Even the apocalyptic @nytimes says so
@GavinNewsom @realDonaldTrump @nytimes Will the @nytimes — which has been exaggerating climate change's role in California's fires & lionizing @GavinNewsom — report that the governor just grossly misrepresented the science, according to its own 2015 coverage of the science?

nytimes.com/2015/08/21/sci…
Will the news media report that California's high-intensity megafires wouldn't be occurring without ~5x normal wood fuel accumulation?

Read 5 tweets
11 Sep
Stop politicizing a tragedy

California's top *forest* scientists say main causes of fires are

- 5x more wood fuel in forests due to 100+ years of fire suppression

- Drought (2012-16) that would have occurred w/o climate change
“Climate dries the [wood] fuels out & extends the fire season BUT IT'S NOT THE CAUSE OF THE INTENSITY of the fires. The cause of that is fire suppression and the existing debt of wood fuel.”

— Malcolm North, US Forest Service

forbes.com/sites/michaels…
The 2013-2014 Rim fire, which burned 250,000 acres, exposed FIVE TIMES MORE PEOPLE to unhealthy air conditions from smoke than it would have if the same area had been burned regularly with smaller “prescribed” fires.
Read 20 tweets
11 Sep
As governor you

- grossly mismanaged forests resulting in today’s explosive fires

- diverted resources from electric grid maintenance, resulting in black-outs

- replaced reliable nuclear w/ unreliable renewables, raising electric prices 6x more than in rest of US
Read 5 tweets
10 Sep
“People living in poverty in the Punjab want what we in the West have & it is rank hypocrisy for us to suggest they can’t have it....

“And there is only one reliable, low-carbon energy source that we can invest in now: nuclear”

@ziontree @DailyMailUK

dailymail.co.uk/debate/article…
“There are some who believe we should live extremely constrained lifestyles, much like people in the Punjab village my parents are from. I have spent time there and it was heartbreaking. Children die from health problems we in the West can easily cure.”

telegraph.co.uk/women/politics…
“Over time, the contradiction between preaching climate apocalypse and opposing nuclear energy will become increasingly untenable. Greta Thunberg & Extinction Rebellion will need to admit that we need nuclear, or face a loss of credibility and relevance”

quillette.com/2020/06/25/why…
Read 5 tweets
8 Sep
2M acres of California have burned so far this year

But *4.4 - 12M* acres (!) burned each year in *pre-industrial* times

It is gross misinformation to blame climate change for our fires
And scientists in February 2020 concluded that California needs to burn 20M acres to restabilize forest ecology

propublica.org/article/they-k…
“Of the hundreds of persons who visit the Pacific slope of California every summer to see the mountains,” reported a U.S. government scientist in 1898, who had surveyed the region, “few see more than the immediate foreground and a haze of smoke.”

forbes.com/sites/michaels…
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