People who don't believe in climate change?

"You won't find them on the fireline in the American West anymore," said a Federal chief of fire operations, interviewed by CBS News*. Nineteen firefighters lost their lives fighting the fire near Yarnell, Arizona on June 30, 2013.
 
In a remarkable exchange, Scott Pelley of CBS News interviewed Tom Boatner - Federal chief of fire operations in the American West. Rarely does the mainstream media raise the issue of climate change when disaster strikes.
 
Boatner: "A fire of this size and this intensity in this country would have been extremely rare 15 - 20 years ago, but they are commonplace these days. Ten years ago if you had a 100,000 acre fire, you were talking about a huge fire. And if we had one or two of those a year that was probably unusual - now we talk about a 200,000 acre fire as though it's just another day at the office. It's been a huge change."
Pelley (CBS): We wondered whether one of the factors might be climate change. You know there are a lot of people who don't believe in climate change -

 Boatner: "You won't find them on the fireline in the American West anymore because we've had climate change beat into us over the last 10 or 15 years. We know what we are seeing and we're dealing with a period of climate in terms of temperature and humidity, and drought that's different than anything people have seen in their lifetimes."

 
See the video and article:
  http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/intensity-of-u-s-wildfires-increasing-over...
  (*note - this interview may have taken place in 2007, see also http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-age-of-megafires/ )


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