EDITORIAL: California to ban fire
Since man first rubbed a pair of sticks together to make a fire, we’ve gathered around a campfire to cook food, enjoy good company and bask in the warmth of the glowing embers. Now the green spoilsports in Southern California want to take that all way, sending beach ring fire pits the way of the caveman.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District will decide this summer whether to order the removal of 850 bonfire pits from Los Angeles and Orange county beaches on the pretense that fire is bad for the environment. To support its position, the agency concocted a study concluding that an evening beach fire creates as much particulate matter pollution as a diesel truck driving 564 miles.And I'll wager that all 850 of those fire pits, burning every single night, 365 days a year, don't put out a tiny fraction of the particulate matter caused by one forest fire. What's next, California, a ban on forest fires? House fires? Car fires? Are we going to sue Gaia whenever a lightning strike causes ignition of flammable material?
Combustion is unstoppable, folks. It happens. Fire is literally older than man; it was here before we climbed out of the primordial ooze, and it will be here long after our species has amused itself to death. Banning bonfires on the beach because it contributes to
Or, like telling cities not to dump snow removed from roadways into the ocean - because there's no way that solid snow could EVER melt into water and flow into the ocean, right?
That is all.