[MCN] Ocasio-Cortez Accepts GOP Invite to Kentucky Coal Mine

Lance Olsen lance at wildrockies.org
Fri Mar 29 21:03:58 EDT 2019

Published on
Thursday, March 28, 2019
byCommon Dreams <https://www.commondreams.org/>
Happy to Engage Workers and Community on Green New Deal, Ocasio-Cortez Accepts GOP Invite to Kentucky Coal Mine
The New York Democrat has been met with warm welcomes from working people in red states, where poor communities would benefit from progressive policies
byJulia Conley, staff writer <https://www.commondreams.org/author/julia-conley-staff-writer>
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/03/28/happy-engage-workers-and-community-green-new-deal-ocasio-cortez-accepts-gop-invite <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/03/28/happy-engage-workers-and-community-green-new-deal-ocasio-cortez-accepts-gop-invite>
We’ve all heard the common claim that forests recover from fire, and, just as surely, that forests can recover from logging. 

Conservationists have stressed that point in arguing that fire is not the catastrophe some have believed, because forest comes back after fire.

Logging lobbyists, meanwhile, have stressed much the same point in arguing that logging is not the catastrophe some have believed, because forests come back after logging.

So, despite their well-known clashes, conservationists and the logging industry have both argued for a view that forests can indeed recover.

They both have a valid point. After all, that’s what forests have done many times in the past following disturbance. 

That history is the basis for referring to forests as a "renewable resource." It’s presumably the basis of recent U.S. Forest Service planning documents boasting that a forest can be managed for “resilience,” a springing back to its former self following human manipulation.

Yet for much of the world’s forests, the familiar day of resilience is done.

https://mountainjournal.org/climate-and-fire-are-shaping-forest-health <https://mountainjournal.org/climate-and-fire-are-shaping-forest-health>

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