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.
3:06 PM PDT, September 4, 2009
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?
1:45 PM PDT, September 3, 2009
Today's topic: What does government (local and state) do right about preventing and fighting wildfires? What does it do wrong?
September 2, 2009
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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