That Tonto National Forest is now subject to the most severe fire restrictions in the forest's history" as forest officials stated in Jim Keyworth's May 21 article is not a matter of coincidental timing. Rather, it is the predictable result of global warming.
The burning of coal, oil, and natural gases releases unnatural amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere, forming a blanket over the earth and trapping in heat. The resulting rise in temperatures is global warming. Global warming increases water evaporation, leaving trees dry and vulnerable to fire.
Changing weather patterns associated with global warming also increase the severity of droughts and lightning storms, providing more opportunities for forest fires.
Luckily, there is a solution to the problem of global warming: clean energy sources, such as solar and wind power.
We must pressure our government to further subsidize and purchase clean energy, thereby encouraging the growth of these industries.
A shift toward these clean energy sources would halt global warming and thereby decrease the risk of forest fires.
Kyle Marquardt, Washington, DC