WSJ: Blaming Maui Wildfires on ‘Climate Change’ Is a ‘Fraud on the Public’

In a damning op-ed, a member of the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board has blasted claims from Democrats and their allies in the corporate media that “climate change” is to blame for the recent wildfires in Hawaii and elsewhere.

According to Holman W. Jenkins, Jr., this narrative is a “fraud on the public.”

As Slay News has reported, Democrat officials in Hawaii have been quick to blame the so-called “climate crisis” for the fires that devastated Maui.

However, investigators have concluded that the fires were caused by arson and spread quickly because of poor forestry management.

Conveniently, the same Hawaii Democrat officials blaming “global warming” for the fires are responsible for the real causes.

Meanwhile, President Joe Biden’s administration and Democrats in Washington D.C. have also been using the disaster to promote their green agenda.

Yet despite Biden’s unscientific claims that the “climate crisis” causes hot weather during the summer months, the president conveniently failed to mention the subject during his recent trip to Hawaii.

He cracked jokes about his Corvette while telling a story about a kitchen fire in his house, but he never mentioned the climate during his visit.

The lack of mention was likely due to the people on the ground in Hawaii knowing that wildfires had nothing to do with the alleged “climate emergency.”

According to Jenkins, this was due to Biden’s handlers knowing that Hawaiians would view such claims as “criminal and cowardly in the face of the true causes of the Maui disaster.”

“High winds are a common occurrence,” Jenkins writes.

“Dry conditions are a common occurrence.

“Invasive grasses taking over abandoned pineapple and sugar plantations were a known menace, complicated by unhelpful land-use policy.

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“Emergency sirens weren’t sounded.

“Water wasn’t available due to political squabbles over allocation rights.

“The local utility was instructed by Hawaii’s Legislature to meet ambitious renewables targets rather than spend on reducing fire risk.

“Firefighters reportedly left the scene early believing they had extinguished the initial blaze.”

Maui itself is an island surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, with vagaries more immediate and potent than any caused by a 0.3% fluctuation in the planet’s long-term energy balance due to atmospheric CO2.

Blue-green algae gave us oxygen to breathe and yet we don’t blame blue-green algae for everything oxygen-breathing organisms do.

Likewise, nothing very useful comes from trying to explain every weather-related misfortune in terms of human-caused carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Weather is a product of climate, we should specify; our climate is currently influenced by atmospheric CO2 of 419 parts per million.

“But hurricanes, fires, floods, and heat waves also occurred when the concentration was 280 parts per million and tended to claim more lives than they do now,” Jenkins asserts.

“Whatever man’s role in climate change, whatever the merits of regulating CO2, making climate policy the answer to weather risks is a distraction and fraud on the public.”

Meanwhile, activists, lobbyists, and leftists are banking on a certain type of voter who is willing to believe anything.

Even Biden’s pork-filled Inflation Reduction Act had nothing to do with the economy and served only to pump taxpayer money into the globalist green agenda.

As Slay News reported, a world-renowned Nobel Prize-winning scientist recently became one of the highest-profile experts to speak out against the “climate crisis” narrative.

Dr. John Clauser warned the public that the “climate change” narrative relies on the “application of scientific disinformation for opportunistic purposes.”

During his recent address at the Korea Quantum Conference, Clauser declared: “I believe that climate change is not a crisis.”

“The popular narrative about climate change reflects a dangerous corruption of science that threatens the world’s economy and the well-being of billions of people,” he said in the announcement of his joining the group’s board.

“Misguided climate science has metastasized into massive shock-journalistic pseudoscience.

“In turn, the pseudoscience has become a scapegoat for a wide variety of other unrelated ills,” he said.


Shortly after he issued the warning, Clauser was disinvited from giving a speech to the International Monetary Fund.

But Clauser is not alone, however.

Clauser has joined over 1600 scientists from around the world in signing a declaration stating that claims of a “climate emergency” threatening the Earth are a hoax.

The massive group of scientists, which includes two Nobel Prize winners, signed the World Climate Declaration (WCD).

The WCD dismisses the existence of a “climate crisis” and insists that carbon dioxide is beneficial to Earth.

The declaration directly conflicts with the popular alarmist narrative that claims humans are destroying the planet with their carbon output.

As Slay News has reported, the anti-carbon agenda is part of the “Net Zero” goals pushed by unelected globalist organizations.

Claims of a “climate crisis” are being promoted around the globe by governments and their media accomplice in an effort to comply with the green agenda goals of the World Economic Forum (WEF), United Nations (UN), the World Health Organization (WHO), and other unelected globalist organizations.

Meeting these goals typically involved plans to slash the quality of life for most of the general public while ramping up taxes to “save the planet.”

Meanwhile, the handful of powerful elites promoting the green agenda will continue to fly around in private jets and eat meat because they are “part of the solution.”

In the case of Hawaii, pushing the “climate crisis” narrative appears to be an effective method of deflecting blame for the disaster.

READ MORE: Biden ‘Close’ to Declaring ‘Climate Emergency’ to Ration Gas, Electricity, Meat

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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