Suddenly, many people are talking “hazard reduction”. If only it weren’t too late.
Meanwhile the Labor Party still hope to reduce bushfires with an international carbon market. Good luck with that. A carbon market is form of carbon tax that sends money overseas and will make their friends at the UN and Goldman Sachs happy, but probably won’t impress the workers the Labor party used to serve. The only way it will stop fires is if people clearfell old growth forest to plant palm trees or corn for biofuel, to to make way for a solar “farm”. Otherwise, carbon storage = fuel for fires.
The pushback to Green policies picks up speed:
Bushfires: NSW south coast residents furious at ‘lessons unlearned, By Greg Brown, The Australian.
South coast residents are seething at the NSW government and councils for failing to take adequate precautions in hazard reduction burning. Numbugga locals Stephen and Janet Lennon said authorities failed to learn the lessons from a bushfire in the forests last August.
“They fly helicopters over there and drop (water) bombs (over state-owned forests) but 90 per cent of the time they don’t even work. And then they cast it as if they have done a burn-off, which doesn’t help,” Mr Lennon said.
“You are not even allowed to cut down trees on your property.”
Policy is changing:
Scott Morrison says “Overhaul hazard reduction” By Rosie Lewis, The Australian.
Scott Morrison has flagged an overhaul of hazard reduction operations in national parks and laws dictating where land can be cleared and houses built, while acknowledging climate change and the drought had extended Australia’s disastrous fire season.
Addressing a press conference for the first time since fires in NSW and Victoria ravaged the coast this week, the Prime Minister again held the line on his government’s climate change policies but said the national security committee of cabinet would meet on Monday to consider a short- and longer-term response.
Policy is not changing:
The Labor party says we should fight fires with a carbon market (tax)
Anthony Albanese said the bushfires were a “national emergency” and called for a market-based mechanism to help combat climate change.
We sense a big shift.
There were bad bushfires in 2003, especially around Canberra. But hardly anyone outside the professionals involved realized that fuel loads were the ultimate cause. No public mentions that we recall. I was sensitive to the issue because I was doing carbon accounting for the Australian Government, modeling all the forests in Australia and estimating the mulch and debris lying around forest floors. Joanne and I lived in Canberra and saw fires take out surrounding forests, and even the edge of a couple of suburbs — including the house of a friend of ours.
By the time of the bad fires around 2012 or 2013, we were well aware of the fuel loads issue and were publicizing it. Roger Underwood and Bill Gammage were spreading the word, but it was still below the radar of the media. I sent in an op ed article to the Melbourne Age, but they weren’t interested (updated and extended, here).
This time around, the word has got out big time. The media discuss it, even the ABC has begrudgingly mentioned it (they prefer to blame it on climate change, of course). Even the PM is talking about hazard reduction now.
So “everyone knows” — again. Something will get done. But the cycle will likely repeat, as suggested by the experience after the bad fires in WA in 1960:
If the state premiers involved — and forest management is a state responsibility, not federal — were forced to resign over their government’s criminal lack of preparedness that allowed so much death and destruction, something magical would happen. We’d be prepared, permanently.
The blame game will start soon. Unless the political class are forced to take losses, they will just ignore the issue and it will all happen again.
Green ideology is ignorant and deadly. And it’s not just fires — it’s climate change too.