Give Me a Break: No bonfire for you!

As the myth of man-made global warming continues to turn minds into mush, Seattle Parks and Recreation wants to put out the fire. Bonfire, that is.

chris_wilsonThey fuel global warming, parks department says

Even with the skies overcast and threatening rain, Khang Nguyen, 18, and Joel Juan, 19, kicked back after school at Alki Beach.

“It’s just a relaxing way to hang out with friends,” Nguyen said of the bonfire crackling in front of them one evening earlier this week.

But Seattle Parks and Recreation might do what even this week’s chilly weather couldn’t — douse the long tradition of beach bonfires at Alki and at Golden Gardens.

Park department staff is recommending reducing bonfires at the two beaches this summer and possibly banning them altogether next year.

The park board will hear the recommendation Thursday, and the city plans to run public-service announcements and hand out brochures later this month about the effects of bonfires on global warming.

According to a memo to the park board from the staff released Thursday, “The overall policy question for the Board is whether it is good policy for Seattle Parks to continue public beach fires when the carbon … emissions produced by thousands of beach fires per year contributes to global warming.”

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2 Responses to “Give Me a Break: No bonfire for you!”

  1. 1 aaa.still
    June 12, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    Have they considered that all the bonfires in all the world don’t add up to a piffle compared to one lighning strike and subsequent brush fire?

    And have they considered how environmentalist policies have led to more bush fires in California?

    I suspect not. This is bone headed thinking at its worst.

  2. 2 theclassicliberal
    June 12, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Well … I’m sure they’ll figure out a way to blame “those Greedy American Capitalists” for lightning. This way, the Almighty Politicians can devise yet another government regulatory scheme (that doesn’t work) to eliminate lightning … all for just a few more of YOUR dollars. Ta da!

    Don’t worry. Their sound bytes and YOUR money will make everything a-ok.

    The brush fires? You ain’t gonna hear a peep out of them about that.

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