"These findings may seem to imply that fewer storms in the future will be good news for disastrous western U.S. wildfires, but drier conditions near the ground combined with higher lightning
flash rates per storm may end up intensifying wildfire damage instead"
quote: I also wonder why NASA is wasting taxpayer dollars running simulations under conditions that wildly unrealistic, and then publishing press releases with the results. Are they actively trying to add to the global warming fear mongering/FUD? What's the motivation exactly of studying something so hypothetical?