Dousing the Claims:Extinguishing Republican Myths about Wildfire
WASHINGTON (July 24, 2012) -- Today, Democratic Staff of the Committee on Natural Resources released a report entitled "Dousing the Claims: Extinguishing Republican Myths about Wildfire." The report can be found HERE.
Already this year, wildfire records have been broken. Hundreds of families have lost their homes. Some have lost their lives. Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated or displaced. Yet even this dangerous fire season has not tempered the overheated rhetoric from House Republicans over wildfire.
House Republicans are arguing that environmental protections, including those for endangered species, are acting as roadblocks to projects designed to reduce the risk of wildfires. There’s just one problem: It isn’t true. Data obtained and analyzed by the Natural Resources Committee’s Democratic staff show that almost no wildfire prevention projects are stopped by environmental or endangered species protections. Nonetheless, the Committee Majority has called a hearing today to again make the false case for gutting environmental protections in the name of wildfire prevention.
The reality is a stark contrast from the hyperbolic language based on anecdotes.
Press Release : New Report Torches Republican Myths on Wildfire