> Born to be WillD Wrote:
> interesting rant, I'm almost never in favor of blaming victims
> I think there's a point that Australia expects bush fires, fires ar an
> important part of many ecosystems, and eucalyptus specifically has
> adapted to grow quickly, have a root structure that withstands fire and
> a bodymass that burns pretty well (because it grows so quickly). So in
> that sense sure, living near ecosystems that burn is not ideal.
> interesting side note, a lot of eucalyptus was actually intentionally
> brought to california in order to promote aesthetically attractive
> "forests" where before there was shrub growth; because as you note the
> climates are similar and it because it grows quickly. in a few years
> you've got nice woods instead of scrub brush. but yea, maybe that
> contributes to fires there too.
> but if living in fire-prone ecosystems isnt ideal, neither is living in
> flood plains, or coastal areas, or open areas where tornados are likely.
> unfortunately those tend to be critical for shipping, farming, proximity
> to other industrial centers etc.
> Also, have you spent much time in california, or LA? It's genuinely very
> beautiful, with the ocean, mountains, deserts and major city all within
> about an hour. And climate is actually quite nice most of the year, lows
> stay around 45 and highs average around mid 80's in the summer, with a
> pretty comfortable 70's most of the year. That is a comfort zone which
> doesnt require excessive air conditioning nor heating, less winter
> maintenance, roads and cars dont decay as rapidly. Any way you cut it,
> we're going to be using energy and resources to be comfortable one way
> or another. While I think ohio might benefit from all of the residents
> of california moving here, it might not be the positive change you're
> looking for.
> But again, I think blaming victims for living where they do lacks a
> specific empathy that's kinda selfish and unbecoming
I think living in a known flood plain is just kind of dumb, fires and tornadoes are a bit more random, but if you see the marks on the river bank where the water rises to almost yearly and build below it, well, I don't understand that, but if you do, get flooded out and REBUILD in the same location, well my sympathy goes right out the window, who insures these people? That said these fires are a real disaster, sux about the Koala's! Stinky little buggers are cute! :) (edited)