Australian Climate Commissioner Flannery Denies What He Actually Said

Posted on Tue 03/05/2013 by


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Professor Tim Flannery (Australian Climate Change Commissioner)

Professor Tim Flannery (Australian Climate Change Commissioner)

I didn’t see Tim Flannery being questioned by Karl Sefanovic on the Today show this morning, but many readers say he denied saying our dams would never again fill.

Reader Carolyn:

Just listened to Flannery on the Today Show. He says he was misquoted and did not say the “dams will never fill”. He now states he said “MAY never fill”. Karl Stefanovic questioned him on it at the end of the segment and he “confirmed” he was misquoted! Such gall.

Reader Wildfly:

This morning on the channel 9 Today Show Flannery claimed he did not say that dams would not fill, despite his exact word being quoted to him.

Let’s check whether Flannery was indeed misquoted and whether he said the dams “may” not fill again.

Here is Tim Flannery on Landline in 2007:

PROFESSOR TIM FLANNERY: We’re already seeing the initial impacts and they include a decline in the winter rainfall zone across southern Australia, which is clearly an impact of climate change, but also a decrease in run-off. Although we’re getting say a 20 per cent decrease in rainfall in some areas of Australia, that’s translating to a 60 per cent decrease in the run-off into the dams and rivers. That’s because the soil is warmer because of global warming and the plants are under more stress and therefore using more moisture. So even the rain that falls isn’t actually going to fill our dams and our river systems, and that’s a real worry for the people in the bush. If that trend continues then I think we’re going to have serious problems, particularly for irrigation.

Flannery again in 2007:

Over the past 50 years southern Australia has lost about 20 per cent of its rainfall, and one cause is almost certainly global warming. Similar losses have been experienced in eastern Australia, and although the science is less certain it is probable that global warming is behind these losses too. But by far the most dangerous trend is the decline in the flow of Australian rivers: it has fallen by around 70 per cent in recent decades, so dams no longer fill even when it does rain

Here is Flannery “clarifying” his comments last year – by confirming them:

As the soil warms up more of the rain that falls evaporates and less goes into the dams and the point that I was trying to make was that even the rain that was falling then previously that was able to fill the dams in future wouldn’t do that.

No, Flannery was not misquoted. He made a false prediction and should retract and apologise.

TonyfromOz adds…..

This following link shows all the dams in South East Queensland, the water supply for 3.2 Million people. Note how virtually all of the dams are at 100% of their capacity and water is spilling over the spillways. The largest of those dams, the huge Wivenhoe has gate operation in progress, and water is streaming out of that dam as well.

Latest Dam Levels South East Queensland

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