President Obama is to arrive in Colorado tomorrow to tour the fiery destruction that is running up and down the Front Range, darkening the days with smoke and lighting up the night in an eerie glow.
It’s not merely appropriate that Obama visit, it’s a necessity. This is, after all, the state where he trotted out his Styrofoam columns and said the world would become a better place if only Americans would elect him president. Which they dutifully did, Coloradans among them.
Now we see some of the toll of that decision. Rather than usher in an era of forest management, Obama and his cronies kept up business in the same old stand, decrying logging and vilifying businesses that rely on lumber, not to mention pursuing policies that have depressed the construction industry, thus strangling the forest-related businesses that supply them.
And now we learn that Obama has cut the number of aircraft that can be used to drop water and fire retardant on fires, canceling a contract with a key supplier of firefighting aircraft. And it appears future reductions in the fleet may be on tap thanks to Obama’s proposed defense budget.
He won’t mention any of those things in his comments but someone should ask him about them.
He’s unlikely to address how his Environmental Protection Agency will enforce its just-announced higher soot standards proposal on the out-of-control blazes, much less acknowledge how the left has used environmental red tape to squeeze the very industries that might have curbed the availability of dry timber for this inferno.
That, of course, won’t happen. This is Obama, after all. This is the same guy who declared that his election would mark the “the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.”
We can only guess how he missed the part about drought and fires. The teleprompter must have skipped over it.