In the broadest sense, Occam’s razor is the theory that, more often than not, the simplest answer is the correct answer.
The far left often bastardizes Occam’s razor by positing maddeningly simplistic answers for all the world’s ills.
Deep-rooted and complicated socioeconomic issues eating away at the unity of Americans? Oh, well that’s racism and/or sexism.
That same logic is found when dealing with the fluctuating state of this planet Earth. Anything and everything falls at the feet of the global boogeyman known as “climate change.”
(To be clear, we should always be good stewards of this planet — just not with comically evil plans ripped from “The Simpsons” that will actively make lives worse for the citizens of said planet.)
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So you’ll be positively unsurprised to learn that when utter tragedy struck the beautiful Hawaiian island of Maui in the form of devastating wildfires, leftist shills were quick to pin the blame on climate change.
Just look at this post from The New York Times on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.
Note that the article it promoted was published Thursday, when the death toll was 36. On Sunday, the number of known deaths from the fire had reached 93, according to CBS News.
The Maui fires are already one of the deadliest wildfires in modern U.S. history. How did it happen in a state defined by its lush vegetation? The explanation is straightforward: As the planet heats up, no place is protected from disasters. https://t.co/4yY82dLdB1
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 11, 2023
Was the Maui wildfire caused by climate change?
Yes: 1% (40 Votes)
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“The explanation is straightforward: As the planet heats up, no place is protected from disasters,” the post confidently proclaims.
It doesn’t take much sleuthing to find similar sentiments echoed throughout X:
This is such a tragedy. What climate change?
Maui, Hawaii pic.twitter.com/MWNGAdoqjX
— Miss Jillybean 🇺🇸 (@MissJilianne) August 9, 2023
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The scene in Lahaina, Maui this morning is absolutely devastating.
The entire town is being destroyed by an intense wildfire, forcing residents to sheek shelter in the ocean.
Make no mistake, climate change is making scenes like this more frequent. pic.twitter.com/dttFnAwEeJ
— Edgar McGregor (@edgarrmcgregor) August 9, 2023
Here’s a vapid post moving the goalposts — yet again — in a pathetic attempt to argue that it really is climate change.
Amid the devastating Maui fires, I see many arguing, “it’s weather, arson–anything but climate change.”
Let’s set the record straight. Climate change doesn’t usually start the fires; but it intensifies them, increasing the area they burn + making them much more dangerous. 🧵 pic.twitter.com/4BTvTzM5Pt
— The Real Prof. Katharine Hayhoe (@KHayhoe) August 10, 2023
Well, as is often the case, it’s time to throw an ice-cold bucket of water on those climate alarmists (and their theories as well, if you must).
As Fox News reported, Clay Trauernicht, a professor and environmental management expert at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, wants to pump the brakes on all this climate panicking.
“Blaming this on weather and climate is misleading,” Trauernicht wrote in thread of tweets published Wednesday. “Hawai’i’s fire problem is due to the vast areas of unmanaged, nonnative grasslands from decades of declining agriculture.
“These savannas now cover about a million acres across the main Hawaiian Islands, mostly the legacy of land clearing for plantation agriculture and ranching in the late 1800s/early 1900s. The transformation to savanna makes the landscape way more sensitive to bad ‘fire weather’ — hot, dry, windy conditions. It also means we get huge buildups of fuels during rainy periods.”
And if anyone thinks that Trauernicht is some sort of reactionary, opportunistically using the disaster to make a point, the man’s been sounding the alarm since at least 2019, when he penned a letter to the editor in The Maui News about far less devastating fires.
Look, sometimes the simplest answer really is best. Humans have a maddening tendency to over-complicate things (just look at any time Vice President Kamala Harris opens her mouth to speak.)
But in this case, it’s really not a simple answer. Democrats and the left would have you believe that banning gas-powered cars (and stoves) and preventing cows from farting will save all of us.
If it were actually that simple, great! Sign us all up. Surely we could all use a little less bovine flatulence in our lives.
But it’s not that simple, it’s never been that simple, and based on what Trauernicht had to say about those tragic Lahaina fires, it will never be that simple.
This planet that God gifted us is a complicated tapestry of give and take. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, no matter how much advertising money the Democrats throw behind catchy slogans that claim otherwise.
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Bryan Chai has written news and sports for The Western Journal for more than five years and has produced more than 1,300 stories. He specializes in the NBA and NFL as well as politics.
Bryan Chai has written news and sports for The Western Journal for more than five years and has produced more than 1,300 stories. He specializes in the NBA and NFL as well as politics. He graduated with a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. He is an avid fan of sports, video games, politics and debate.
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