UCSB professor on Cave Fire: ‘Call it what it is: climate change’

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After showing the BAe-146 where to make a phos-chek drop, the lead plane turns to clear the airspace above East Camino Cielo. Photo credit: Mike Eliason.

The Cave Fire continues to burn in the mountains above Santa Barbara. The wind-driven blaze sparked Monday afternoon in an area of dry, brushy canyons in the Los Padres National Forest. It has grown to more than 4,000 acres.

Although it’s too early for authorities to announce the exact cause of the fire, UC Santa Barbara political science professor Leah Stokes says climate change is behind it. Why won’t more firefighters and TV reporters back her up?



  • Leah Stokes - Professor at UC Santa Barbara, author “Short Circuiting Policy: Interest Groups and the Battle Over Clean Energy and Climate Policy in the American States” - @leahstokes


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