KC Star distinguished columnist Barbara Shelly wasted no time in posting an op-ed
that connected the recent tragedy of 19 firefighter heroes losing their lives fighting wildfires to her personal mission of climate-change.
Ya I know, pretty ballsy right? I mean, the least these fallen heroes should expect is time for their families to grieve and bury them before using their names for political points. It would at least be reasonable to get permission from their survivors to see if they would even approve of such exploitation right?
Unfortunately, It seems Ms. Shelly has skipped these courtesies and has gone full speed ahead with her exploitations.
Ms Shelly seems to expept blow-back by including the following disclaimer in her recent op-ed: "It is no dishonor to brave men or innocent children to use a tragedy to call for measures to prevent further tragedies.
To that point, I guess I don't disagree, it just seems that using the memories of the fallen to prove a point should be extensively researched, which Ms. Shelly did not do.
Her thesis claims that "It is obvious that climate change, accelerated by emissions of
heat-trapping gases, is playing a role in natural disasters around the
." Is it so obvious?
According to the National Interagency Fire Center, wildfires have not been irregular. Admittedly, the 2012 wildfire season was rough, it had: 67,774 wildfires recorded with
9,326,238 acres destroyed. But compare that to the rest of the recorded data
. For example, in 1969, there were over 113,000 wildfires with over nearly 7 million acres destroyed, and that was before millions of "emissions of
" were anywhere near the levels they are today.
It is important that we debate facts, not emotions, especially not the emotions that arise when using the names of fallen heroes. this political practice should be used rarely, if ever.
I hope that next time, Ms. Shelly will think further about the families of those who have fallen before using them for her personal political agenda.
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