We know what caused the Colorado fire—and we need to say it: Climate Change
Homes burn as wildfires rip through a development Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, in Superior, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Imagine if a group of foreign conspirators were to drop incendiary bombs on an American neighborhood by piloting a humming drone armada. Somewhere between 500 and 1,000 homes are destroyed. The smoke plumes over a major city, and flames threaten to stir up the radioactive particles in the soil of a nearby retired nuclear facility. Thousands of people, in a matter of hours, see their communities burned to rubble.
Minus the drones and shady foreigners, that was what happened on Dec. 30 in Boulder County, Colo., where I live. I drove my family the long way home, around the smoke, rushing from an aborted vacation to gather some things in case the hurricane-force winds turned the fires northward. Meanwhile, we checked in on friends in the evacuation zones, some of whom would end up losing everything. From the air or on the ground, the scene looked like what we habitually see from abroad: a burning warzone, a dense cityscape dotted with infernos.
The morning after, when the governor and other officials spoke about the disaster, they danced around the causes: Maybe it was […]