What’s The Real Story Behind The Current Amazon Forest Fires?

Sparta Report | 8/23/2019 | Spartan Hero
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Being the resident Spartan correspondent with direct ties to Brazil, having lived there for a while and still fluent in the language, I think it is pertinent to comment on the feigned uproar taking place over the wildfires currently burning in the Amazon rainforest of northern Brazil.

First, let’s take a trip back into time, when I was a mere lad in elementary & Jr. High school. This was the 1980’s/1990’s, and while plenty has changed since then, a lot has stayed the same. Every time we veered into the subject of science, we received some indoctrination about the environment. Some of the claims I distinctly remember being made in class. I’m sure that if you also have experienced the American public school system, then you’ve heard similar scary things and why we suck for being #1 on the planet:

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Oil reserves would be completely depleted in “20 years”

The last point is one that I hadn’t heard in a while, until recently when NASA published a photo showing the current state of the Amazon in 2019. This isn’t the first time that they’ve posted about the subject, but where it’s 2019, certain political and social media individuals cannot resist a new opportunity to virtue signal.

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If you actually read the article that started the fervor, you’ll notice that there is context provided to the photos:

So it’s the dry season in Brazil (they’re in the middle of their winter, such as it is) and the fires are “close to average” when looking over the past 15 years. This chart shows data going back 20 years, where 2005 was the height of wildfire events in Brazil (under the reign of the super-socialist Lula). That should be critical information to understand in this conversation, but context never matters to a virtue signaler, who just needs a...
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