Al Melvin reveals the secret cause of drought conditions in the Southwest: Trees.


By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings


The man who would be King Ev The Second uses his Twitter feed to "enlighten" his followers on political and societal "reality" as he sees it.

In general, his posts are worthy only of ignoring (they
run the rhetorical gamut from "Obama's a [something that Melvin
disapproves of, usually a socialist]" to "Democrats are responsible for
[everything that Melvin finds wrong in the modern US]
"), but once in a while, he posts something that serves to remind people that he may be crazier than the average AZ Republican (and that's saying something).

To my embarrassment, I missed this one when he posted it –



Mock away, folks…


  1. It’s easy to say “bad forest management”, but what does that mean? And how does the Forest Service “manage” forests better when their budget has been repeatedly cut, most recently by the all-encompassing sequester? In any case, anyone who says that drought and temperature extremes (and related diseases) are not a factor in forest fires is simply ignorant (perhaps intentionally?).

    To expand Tom Prezelski’s note: Anyone who is familiar with the Mogollon Rim or the California Sierra Nevadas should know that mountain forests alter the atmosphere to create the precipitation they need, except in periods of drought.

    Melvin’s statement fits well with the Republican solution, which is to turn the forests over to logging companies for increased “harvesting”, a process that creates many more problems than it solves (road building, habitat and watershed destruction, increased regrowth of small-plant fuels). Proper forest management requires constant observation and maintenance, which means more skilled Forest Service workers, and higher budgets.

  2. Temperature, humidity and drought? Just look at the forest behind the firefighter, you can see its lack of health and it has nothing to do eith temperature humidity and drought.

    Bad forestry management – well documented by research at NAU.

  3. Melvin doesn’t have the good sense to be embarrassed by his basic lack of knowledge. I suggest that he start to read, perhaps a book?

  4. Thankfully, firefighters take a science-based approach to their work.

    I’m so happy to report that the Rim Fire is finally slowing. Firefighters say they have turned a corner and expect full containment by September 10th!

    Thank you firefighters!

  5. Nice try, Thucididies, but this particular mantra has been repeated over and over again. At best, it is only part of the problem.

    This might be true for the trees in the lowlands such as mesquites, but the trees in the areas we are talking about are largely dependent on precipitation. For the most part, these soils are too shallow to retain a significant amount of water. Otherwise, these lands would have been cleared for intensive farming decades ago.

    Beyond this, Republicans have been complaining about the state of forest management for years without understanding the complexity of the problem. They blame “radical enviros” even though in some cases, sound management has been neglected because of opposition from ranchers and small business, or because of lack of funding.

    The problem is hardly a simple one, and is ill suited to be properly addressed on Twitter.

  6. Oh come on – don’t be silly. Even liberals know that forest management has produced sick forests that consume too much water, leave the soil too dry and the mass of small trees extraordinarily vulnerable to devastating fires.

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