The politics and policies of fighting fires

Does California have enough resources to fight what experts believe will be an increasing number of wildfires due to climate change? Should government restrict building in urban-wildlife interfaces? Adam B. Summers and William Stewart debate.

Restrict building in high-risk areas?

3:06 PM PDT, September 4, 2009

Dust-Up

Restrict building in high-risk areas?

Today's topic: The fires near Los Angeles have destroyed or threatened homes in areas where the risk of a devastating blaze has long been known to be high. Should government do more to discourage building in wildlife-urban interfaces, or are there better means of protecting homes in fire-prone areas?

Fighting fire: What government does right, and where it goes wrong

1:45 PM PDT, September 3, 2009

Dust-Up

Fighting fire: What government does right, and where it goes wrong

Today's topic: What does government (local and state) do right about preventing and fighting wildfires? What does it do wrong?

Fighting wildfires in a cash-strapped state

September 2, 2009

Dust-Up

Fighting wildfires in a cash-strapped state

Today's topic: Experts forecast that climate change will increase the frequency of deadly wildfires. Do state and local governments have enough resources to prevent and fight fires (in other words, will taxes have to be raised to pay for more services), or should the private sector play a bigger role in disaster response?

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