Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Australia: Selling the Narrative

 

The famous dictum of Rahm Emanuel never to let a crisis go to waste is being applied with full force using the Australian wildfires. Much of the world now tacitly believes this ancient seasonal event is the result of climate change. The doctrinaire leftist Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC) is leading the charge. In the US, NPR and the rest of the hive are dutifully selling the same narrative. Some facts they will ignore as inconvenient:

  • Australia has suffered wildfires every dry season since before recorded history. Aboriginal peoples used controlled burning both to prevent larger fires and to keep an optimal distribution of open grassland, scrub brush and forest for hunting. That practice (which was highly precise) goes back centuries, maybe millennia, through periods of relative cold and relative warming. The notion that modern greenies who oppose all controlled burning are somehow more in tune with nature than the aborigines is simply stupid and probably also racist and Eurocentric.
  • The worst Australian wildfire season in modern times was 1974, which was colder and wetter year than average. The amount of land affected was 10-20 times the current wildfire damage.
  • There is no trend toward greater frequency and extent of Australian wildfires (unless one cherry-picks data and starts counting in 1975 — even then it is a very weak trend).
  • There is no drying trend in Australia as predicted by the sacred Climate Models. There is instead a steady increase in average precipitation over the last 100 years.
  • Globally, the frequency of and land affected by wildfires is declining, which should not be the case if there were a correlation with climate change.

In order to sell the climate change narrative, ABC has gone to some lengths to crush discussion of any causes other than climate change. For example, we are not allowed to consider that the failure to take preventive measures (i.e., firebreaks, brush removal, controlled burning) is ever a contributing factor. This ABC story of protestors successfully blocking preventive measures in Nowa Nowa this year has since been conveniently deleted. (For reference, Nowa Nowa is about 10 miles west of Wombat Creek, if that helps. That area was hammered by fires — maybe they should have done more prevention.)

Nobody believes that arson is the principal cause of the fires but it is a factor. We know about the 100 or so idiots who have been caught but the full extent is unknown. ABC lowballs an estimate of 1 percent, presumably based on the cases where the culprits have been caught.

The current political project is to hound government officials who have not bought into the myth that climate change is now the major cause of wildfires. To even question the premise of this political attack on non-lefty politicians is now itself a crime. Alinsky Rules 8 and 13 are in play.

The fires ten years ago were also bad. The year before, in a famous case, a rancher was fired $100,000 for building his own firebreak (on his own land) to protect his property. That was considered an environmental crime. When the fires came through, his was the only house left standing. You would think there was a lesson there.

The “proof” of climate change in the smoke clouds over Australia will be accepted forever by some and there really is no longer an accepted grownup media source or viable academic institution left to correct that error. That is depressing.

Source for much of the above and an outstanding detailed explanation by the invaluable Dr. Roy Spencer is available here.

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  1. DonG (skeptic) Coolidge

    Incompetent politicians blame their mistakes on climate change. It is a catch all excuse and let’s them demand more power and bigger budgets. Thanks for the recap on this HOAX.

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    • January 13, 2020, at 8:04 AM PST
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  2. Aaron Miller Member
    Aaron MillerJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I could almost believe that many of the arsonists were producing the “proof” of climate change with government’s blessing. Maybe next year.

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    • January 13, 2020, at 8:06 AM PST
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  3. Old Bathos Moderator
    Old Bathos

    Aaron Miller (View Comment):

    I could almost believe that many of the arsonists were producing the “proof” of climate change with government’s blessing. Maybe next year.

    I thought that might be the case but the few arson cases I looked in news stories seem more like malignant morons than ideologues. The Aussie greenies appear to be more like the California protectors of the endangered K-rat–preserve the brush mini-ecosystem even though it is a certainty to make the fires worse–then blame climate change or the failure to sign the Paris Accord or magically ban fossil fuels or whatever.

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    • January 13, 2020, at 8:18 AM PST
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  4. James Gawron Thatcher
    James GawronJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    OldB,

    I will repeat a sentence from another comment on another post.

    “When you decide that ideology is more important than engineering, stupidity is increased exponentially.”

    This stupidity is costing trillions of GNP, millions of dead animals, and the human death toll keeps rising. There should be no hesitation in criticizing Greta Tunberg. In fact, she could use a good swift kick in the…

    Regards,

    Jim

     

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    • January 13, 2020, at 8:50 AM PST
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  5. Old Bathos Moderator
    Old Bathos

    Chairman of House Energy & Commerce Committee on his website last week:

    Record wildfires, flooding, heat waves and drought have spelled out a dire reality: the climate crisis is here, and we can no longer afford to address this crisis along the margins. Today we are providing the kind of serious federal leadership this moment requires,” said Congressman Pallone. “This plan represents our commitment to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas pollution. For the sake of the American people, the long-term sustainability of our economy, and public health, we must act boldly, and that is exactly what we intend to do.

    Idiot.

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    • January 13, 2020, at 9:01 AM PST
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  6. Kozak Member
    KozakJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    LOL. And just 1 year ago….

    ‘Unprecedented’ flooding to hit northeast Australia

     

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    • January 13, 2020, at 9:07 AM PST
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  7. aardo vozz Member

    James Gawron (View Comment):

    There should be no hesitation in criticizing Greta Tunberg. In fact, she could use a good swift kick in the…

    Regards

     

    I’ve never kicked someone(or been kicked by someone) in the Regards before, @jamesgawron, but I’ll bet it hurts!😜

    Regards,

    Aardo🙂

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    • January 13, 2020, at 9:43 AM PST
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  8. WillowSpring Member
    WillowSpringJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I saw this quoted today (https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/01/12/breaking-the-bank-for-climate-emergencies/ )

    “Emergencies” have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have eroded.” ― Friedrich von Hayek

    I think this has a lot to do with what is going on now.

     

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    • January 13, 2020, at 9:53 AM PST
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  9. Susan Quinn Contributor

    The propaganda is awesome. The WSJ had a front-page article describing the raging fires and how a sheep farmer returned to his farm to the charred remains of 50 of his sheep; those who survived with terrible burns had to be shot. It is a tragedy, but you can be sure that the climate change fanatics are delighted with how they think it supports their narrative. Right.

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    • January 13, 2020, at 10:19 AM PST
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  10. Old Bathos Moderator
    Old Bathos

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    The propaganda is awesome. The WSJ had a front-page article describing the raging fires and how a sheep farmer returned to his farm to a charred remains of 50 of his sheep; those who survived with terrible burns had to be shot. It is a tragedy, but you can be sure that the climate change fanatics are delighted with how they think it supports their narrative. Right.

    Wildfires started happening this decade. Slavery first appeared on the planet in 1619 in Virginia. Cancer never existed before there were commercial chemicals or processed sugar. Iran loved us before Trump came along. We have always been at war with East Asia. 

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    • January 13, 2020, at 10:32 AM PST
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  11. Hugh Member

    And, of course, today being the warmest day of the week at -15F with a windchill of -33F doesn’t mean anything.

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    • January 13, 2020, at 10:41 AM PST
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  12. DonG (skeptic) Coolidge

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):
    It is a tragedy, but you can be sure that the climate change fanatics

    You are supposed to refer to Global Warming as “climate crisis”. Soon that will require upper case and an exclamation point. 

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    • January 13, 2020, at 11:28 AM PST
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  13. Richard Easton Member

    I saw a couple of these signs in Hanover, NH in November.

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    • January 13, 2020, at 2:24 PM PST
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  14. Joseph Stanko Coolidge
    Joseph StankoJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Old Bathos:

    • The worst Australian wildfire season in modern times was 1974, which was colder and wetter year than average. The amount of land affected was 10-20 times the current wildfire damage.
    • There is no drying trend in Australia as predicted by the sacred Climate Models. There is instead a steady increase in average precipitation over the last 100 years.

    Ah, well then clearly:

    1. Climate change caused the steady increase in average precipitation.

    2. Wetter years result in worse wildfires, as in 1974.

    3. Ergo, climate change causes worse wildfires. Q.E.D.

     

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    • January 13, 2020, at 5:59 PM PST
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  15. Old Bathos Moderator
    Old Bathos

    And this on the stupidity of eco-fascist anti-clearing policy.

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    • January 14, 2020, at 5:43 AM PST
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  16. Old Bathos Moderator
    Old Bathos

    Joseph Stanko (View Comment):

    Old Bathos:

    • The worst Australian wildfire season in modern times was 1974, which was colder and wetter year than average. The amount of land affected was 10-20 times the current wildfire damage.
    • There is no drying trend in Australia as predicted by the sacred Climate Models. There is instead a steady increase in average precipitation over the last 100 years.

    Ah, well then clearly:

    1. Climate change caused the steady increase in average precipitation.

    2. Wetter years result in worse wildfires, as in 1974.

    3. Ergo, climate change causes worse wildfires. Q.E.D.

    This is like so wrong. Logic, like math, is just another form of rape. It is climate change just because it is wrong not to believe that it is not climate change. #science

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    • January 14, 2020, at 5:45 AM PST
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