Climate Change Australia – I’d Rather Believe Warmist Flannery Than My Own Eyes

Posted on Wed 11/30/2011 by


Andrew BoltBy Andrew Bolt

They tell me people are flooded out up in Moree and Wee Waa, in northwestern NSW.

Can’t believe it.

Dams in Canberra and Brisbane have filled? Must be a lie.

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s storages at 87 per cent, after last summer’s floods? Don’t believe that, either.

No, I believe instead the global warmists who swore none of this would ever happen.

Of course I do, because who wants to be called a “denier”?

I’ve had it with that abuse, so prefer now to believe in the “permanent drought” that Bob Brown, the Greens leader, once warned of. As he said in 2008: “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.”

Back then the Sydney Morning Herald spread that gospel, under the headline: “This drought may never break.”

“Perhaps we should call it our new climate,” the Bureau of Meteorology’s head of climate analysis, warmist David Jones, told the paper.

Or as the bureau’s Bertrand Timbal told the too-eager Age : “In the minds of a lot of people, the rainfall we had in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s was a benchmark …

“But we are just not going to have that sort of good rain again as long as the system is warming up.”

See why I can’t believe in floods? Who could doubt Chief Climate Commissioner Tim Flannery, with his Jesus shirts, who in 2007 not only predicted Brisbane, Sydney and Adelaide could soon run out of water, but added “even the rain that falls isn’t actually going to fill our dams and river systems”.

The Queensland Government was so sure of it that it built a desalination plant, not long before Brisbane allegedly got flooded.

Victorian’s Labor government also believed, building a $5.7 billion desal plant rather than a much cheaper dam, because, as Melbourne Water explained even as the rains returned, “we cannot rely on this kind of rainfall like we used to”.

This week on Lateline, David Murray, chairman of our Future Fund, warned against falling for global warming scares.

“If we’re not certain that the problem’s there, then we shouldn’t take actions which have a high severity the other way.”

But he’s just a sceptic. Heavens, he’d even believe in floods at Moree. Ignore him.

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

Andrew Bolt’s columns appear in Melbourne’s Herald Sun, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and Adelaide’s Advertiser. He runs the most-read political blog in Australia and hosts Channel 10’s The Bolt Report each Sunday at 10am. He is also heard from Monday to Friday at 8am on the breakfast show of radio station MTR 1377, and his book  Still Not Sorry remains very widely read.

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