The alarmists are almost as excited about Canadian wildfires as they were a few years back when the lungs of the world were ablaze. Heatmap Daily emailed us “Smoke Until October” on June 30, unlike Canada itself where the smoke dissipated (and dialed it back to “The East Coast’s Smoke Could Last Until October” in the actual story). The Atlantic asked “How Long Will Canada Burn?” though we are in Canada and had the author asked we could have told her “Canada” is not on fire, just a few bits of our vast forest. As for the subsequent “One thing is certain: More extreme smoke days are coming” we could have told her they promptly ended. But here’s the big question: If “global” warming is causing Canada’s record wildfire season, why (h/t Judith Curry) is the American one “setting up to historically be one of the slowest years on record”? Is America on a different planet? Or at least a different continent? Um no.
NBC was still blowing frantically on some damp kindling with a story “U.S. faces a wild weekend of weather, including extreme heat and severe storms” that said:
“In addition to increasing the risk of heat-related illnesses and deaths, the hot and dry conditions in the West raise concerns about the outbreak of wildfires.”
It was published June 30 and didn’t predict, incidentally, that the world was about to set an all-time record for computer-generated unprecedented heat since 1979. But predictions are for losers when it comes to climate science, apparently.
So is calm rationality. Global News croaked on July 3:
“Air quality has plummeted during recent weeks because of wildfire smoke, made worse by the adverse effects of climate change in an ‘unprecedented’ fire season. But as Canada battles environmental emergencies, advocates are asking if the country is ready to play its part in a global crisis of climate migrants.”
To which we respond that since the air here is supposedly the colour and consistency of dirty cotton wool they won’t be heading our way. Also, since there are wildfires everywhere all the time (and always have been) what’s the point of fleeing from one blazing continent to another one, other than to generate headlines about imaginary events?