Wildfires are once again sweeping through America’s West. Many politicians and activists are focusing on climate change as the primary cause and using the flames to fuel their calls for radical green energy policies, like the Green New Deal. But those policies would devastate our economy, cause financial catastrophe for those who can least afford it, and do nothing to address the immediate need to reduce wildfire risk. Whether or not a changing climate is intensifying these fires, research shows that there is productive and collaborative work that we can do to reduce wildfire risk today.
Join the Goldwater Institute for a conversation with Jason Hayes, Director of Environmental Policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. In a new report, Jason reflects on the historical, political, and policy reasons our nation’s publicly managed forests are plagued by large, dangerous wildfires. Importantly, he found that there are ways to extinguish these fiery threats before they wreak destruction on our communities—and they are already succeeding in Arizona, thanks to a diverse coalition of government agencies, private industry, community groups, nongovernmental organizations, Native groups, and others.
Join us to learn more about wildfires, their causes, what lessons can be learned from Arizona’s efforts, and what steps we can take to control wildfires before they start.
This event will take place virtually on Tuesday, October 6, at 2 p.m. EDT. To RSVP and receive access to the forum, please register with Goldwater Institute using the EventBrite link below.