Forest Thinning, Not Climate, Key to Curb Fires, Republicans Say

Jan. 28, 2020, 6:26 PM

Devastating U.S. wildfires made worse by rising global temperatures will continue to wreak economic damage and cause fatalities unless Congress tackles climate change, but forest management also plays a key role, House Democrats said Tuesday.

At a joint hearing of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittees on Energy and Environment and Climate Change, Republicans mostly stayed clear of debating the role climate change plays in accelerating wildfires. But they put much of the onus on better forest management, including what they say has been a failure to clear branches and other biomass from the forest floor.

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