Letter - Smoke in air courtesy of McMorris Rodgers


Been enjoying the smoke in one of our hottest summers on record?

While the Carlton Complex fire — Washington’s largest ever wildfire — burns, it’s good to remember that U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted against boosting the National Forest Service firefighting budget; that means to combat the blaze, funds had to be diverted from fire prevention budgets.

All this comes from the party adamantly denying climate change. It’s time to dump career politician Cathy.

Joe Pakootas gets my vote.

Paul Franzmann

Walla Walla


Iopine 1 year, 3 months ago

Really? Ms McMorris-Rodgers was the only one voting on that issue and what were the amendments that went along with this budget that created the bill not passing? There's always two sides to a story and yours is very slim in details to be so confrontational.


dogman12 1 year, 3 months ago

Tell us the answers, please!


GeneandCassie 1 year, 3 months ago

Even back in the 1840's, things were not 'perfectly clear' in the area; some quotes from John Fremont's observations are:

On October 22, 1843; while viewing the Walla Walla River from the Blue Mountains Fremont’s account states that “the weather was smoky and unfavorable to far views with the glass.” On October 25, 1843; his account describes the region near the confluence of the Walla Walla River and the Columbia River as “a plain of bare sands, from which the air was literally filled with clouds of dust and sand,” due to the prevailing high winds. He also mentions that “we made our camp in a little grove of willows on the Walahwalah, which are the only trees to be seen in the neighborhood; but were obliged to send the animals back to the encampment we had left, as there was scarcely a blade of grass to be found.”

More thoughts can be found in this reference:

Fremont, Brevant Capt. John C. (1845). A Report of the Exploring Expedition to Oregon and North California in the Years 1843-44, Transmitted by Letter of Colonel J.J. Abert, March 1, 1845, Printed by the Order of the Senate, Washington D.C.

I gather that even back 170 years ago things in the vicinity weren't exactly like the Garden of Eden....


jrobles 1 year, 3 months ago

You, of course, do realize that "on record" refers to the past 150 years for which we have thermometer records? Our current warming will well within the range of natural variation.

At the time (2005) that Jared Diamond wrote "Collapse – How societies choose to fail or succeed," the consensus was that the increase in Earth’s temperature over the last 150 years had done nothing more than return Earth from the Little Ice Age to temperatures almost as warm as those that prevailed during the Medieval Warm Period. More recent work, published in the journal Science, has moved the “warmest since date,” back to 4,000 years, still within the natural variation of the current interglacial (warm period).

Additional highlights of Earth’s recent history include the beginning of the current interglacial 10,000 years ago with an increase of nearly 18 degrees (Fahrenheit) in about ten years. This interglacial does not appear to be as warm as at least three of the previous four that have occurred on an approximately 100,000-year cycle. 18,000 years ago, during the last Ice Age, the Mediterranean Sea level was three hundred feet lower than it is today. Three million years ago Earth was 3 to 6 degrees warmer than today, and sea level was 100 feet higher. 35 million years ago Earth was 9 to 15 degrees warmer than today, sea level was 200 feet higher, and Earth was ice-free.

If there is interest, I do have references for all of this.


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