Brisbane Flood Update – But Never Too Soon for Brown to Blame a Coal Miner for the Floods

Posted on Mon 01/17/2011 by


Andrew BoltBy Andrew Bolt

This media release from Senator Brown is drawing comment from nearly every media outlet, and none of that comment is praise. In this Post here from Andrew, he links directly to my Post from yesterday on the same subject…..TonyfromOz.

Australian Greens Party leader Bob Brown thought it was too soon to (correctly) blame soft boat people laws for luring people to their deaths:

Andrew Bolt’s call, while bodies were still in the ocean, for Julia Gillard’s resignation … lacked human decency. He should resign.

But Brown did not think it too soon, when the fires were still burning, to blame global warming for the deadly Black Saturday fires in Victoria last year:

Greens leader Bob Brown says bushfires like the ones raging across Victoria and New South Wales this weekend will be more frequent if climate change continues…

“Global warming is predicted to make this sort of event happen 25 per cent, 50 per cent more,” he told Sky News. “It’s a sobering reminder of the need for this nation and the whole world to act and put at a priority our need to tackle climate change.”

And he does not think it now too soon, with bodies still being recovered, to blame coal miners for the Queensland floods, either:

Senator Brown says the coal-mining industry should foot the bill for the Queensland reconstruction efforts, claiming their operations are partly responsible for the floods.

It’s the single biggest cause, burning coal, for climate change and it must take its major share of responsibility for the weather events we are seeing unfolding now,” he said.

Bob Brown is a hypocrite as well as a fool.


Four years ago, Bob Brown claimed global warming could give us a “permanent drought”:

From melting polar ice to the spectre of permanent drought in previously productive farmlands, the report makes clear that climate change is not just a future threat, it is damaging Australia now.

He was also warning of possibly no water at all in the Murray-Darling system:

Already, (Ross Garnaut’s) daunting data of a 10 per cent chance of no flow at all in the Murray–Darling river system in future years is being overtaken by data indicating that drought is the new norm across Australia’s greatest food bowl.

But when drought is replaced by floods, and rivers meant to be empty are overflowing, well, global warming caused that, too.

Andrew Bolt is a journalist and columnist writing for The Herald Sun in Melbourne Victoria Australia.

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