No Evidence of More Droughts

Published November 15, 2006

Dear Editor:

Regarding your November 14 article, “Scientists fear global warming could bring longer, more expensive wildfire seasons,” it should be noted the “scientists” at issue are forestry managers and not climate experts. A forestry manager is little, if any, more qualified to predict the Earth’s future climate than the average person off the street.

In any case, it’s really common sense that wildfires would increase in frequency if the more alarmist forecasts of unprecedented drought materialize. However, there is no real-world evidence that substantiates these forecasts, or even that present-day droughts are any more frequent or more severe than they used to be.


James Taylor
Parrish, FL

James Taylor ([email protected]) is senior fellow for environmental affairs for The Heartland Institute.