The gloves are off: ‘predatory’ climate deniers are a threat to our children, by Tim Flannery. (See Joanne Nova’s reply, next post.)
Our media is filled with enthusiastic announcements about new fossil fuel projects, or the unveiling of the latest fossil-fuelled supercar, as if there’s no relationship between such things and climate change.
In Australia, the disconnect among our political leaders on the deadly nature of fossil fuels is particularly breathtaking.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison continues to sing the praises of coal, while members of the government call for subsidies for coal-fired power plants. A few days ago, Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor urged that the nation’s old and polluting coal-fired power plants be allowed to run “at full tilt”. ..
The climate crisis has now grown so severe that the actions of the denialists have turned predatory: they are now an immediate threat to our children. ..
Remember Flannery’s prediction in 2006 that the Australian state capital cities would soon run out of water and their dams would never fill again? That Perth would soon become a ghost city? All that money spent on used desal. plants, so at least there were some winners. Here is another Flannery prediction:
By 2100 — just 80 years away — if our trajectory does not change, it is estimated that Earth will be 4 degrees warmer than it was before we began burning fossil fuels.
Sure, from unverified models stuffed with assumptions about how the climate works. Those models have done poorly to date, consistently running hot and completely unable to explain the major temperature fluctuations in the two thousand years before 1800 when the carbon dioxide levels were unchanging.
Even if it was 4 degrees warmer on average, how could that be worse than moving closer to the equator? Winnowing, apparently.
That future Earth may have enough resources to support far fewer people than the 7.6 billion it supports today. British scientist James Lovelock has predicted a future human population of just a billion people. Mass deaths are predicted to result from, among other causes, disease outbreaks, air pollution, malnutrition and starvation, heatwaves, and suicide.
My children, and those of many prominent polluters and climate denialists, will probably live to be part of that grim winnowing — a world that the Alan Joneses and Andrew Bolts of the world have laboured so hard to create.
James Lovelock? Oh well, that settles it. Rebellion is justified:
Not yet a year old, Extinction Rebellion has had an enormous impact. In April it shut down six critical locations in London, overwhelmed the police and justice system with 1,000 arrests, and forced the British government to become the first nation ever to declare a climate emergency.
So unstable is our current societal response that a single young woman, Greta Thunberg, has been able to spark a profoundly powerful global movement. Less than a year ago she went on a one-person school strike. Today school strikes for climate action are a global phenomenon.
The magic retard, whose recitation of the climateer’s talking points has sparked a “profoundly powerful global movement”.
Australian of the Year Tim Flannery is not going to be happy when we he finds out the whole carbon dioxide theory of global warming is based on a technical modelling error made in the 1960s. A whole religion will lose its moorings. The whole topic has become a due-diligence-free power grab that is costing most of us (but not all of us) a great deal of money.