It’s not “climate change” that has caused the destruction of a number of communities in California over the last decade or so, it’s their own permissive policy in allowing developers to place new homes in areas prone to burn or flood (called wildland-urban interface zones or WUI). The result? The rest of the state (and the nation) subsidizes this recklessness with increased insurance, fire suppression and disaster relief when the inevitable tragically happens.
Between 2000 and 2013, more than three-quarters of all buildings destroyed by fire in California were in the state’s WUI, and more were destroyed there than in all the WUI areas across the rest of the continental U.S. combined, according to a recent study led by Anu Kramer, a researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. That is partly because of increasing construction in the WUI and partly because it is so weakly regulated.