By Andrew Bolt ~
The Left has far more to fear from demands to criminalise dud claims about global warming:
Thirteen state GOP attorneys general have sent a letter to the Democratic AG’s who are investigating ExxonMobile for fraud in climate change research, telling them that if minimizing the danger of climate change is fraud, so is exaggerating the peril. They threaten to prosecute climate alarmists for making spectacular claims of disaster that have not materialized…
The “cuts both ways” argument was among those raised by 13 Republican attorneys general in a letter urging their Democratic counterparts to stop using their law enforcement power against fossil fuel companies and others that challenge the climate change catastrophe narrative.
“Consider carefully the legal precedent and threat to free speech, said the state prosecutors in their letter this week, headed by Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange.
“If it is possible to minimize the risks of climate change, then the same goes for exaggeration,” said the letter. “If minimization is fraud, exaggeration is fraud.”
If exaggerations about global warming are to be a crime, who might be charged if something similar was to be put in place here in Australia?
Speaking last night at the State Government’s Sydney Futures forum, Dr Flannery warned of a city grappling with up to 60 per cent less water…
Sydney could glimpse its future by looking at the devastating impact that global warming had already had on Perth, which he said was likely to become a “ghost metropolis”.
“There will be conditions not seen in 40 million years,” the author of the The Future Eaters warned the forum, which was convened to devise a 30-year plan for Sydney…
Measures already announced by the State Government to reduce energy and water use were not nearly enough, he said. He advocated a system of green slips, with which people who reduced their environmental footprint would be rewarded with rebates on their stamp duty.
Perth is facing the possibility of a catastrophic failure of the city’s water supply… I’m personally more worried about Sydney than Perth… Where does Sydney go for more water?… It also has nowhere to put the vast infrastructure of a desalination plant.
We’re already seeing the initial impacts [of global warming] and they include a decline in the winter rainfall zone across southern Australia…
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.
Over the past 50 years southern Australia has lost about 20 per cent of its rainfall, and one cause is almost certainly global warming….Desalination plants can provide insurance against drought. In Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane, water supplies are so low they need desalinated water urgently, possibly in as little as 18 months.
One of the biggest concerns was Warragamba Dam, which was already at about 98 per cent capacity.
Warragamba Dam last spilled over in August 2015
Warragamba Dam in Sydney’s west spilled over in 2012.
Andrew Bolt writes for the Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, and The Advertiser and runs Australia’s most-read political blog. On week nights he hosts The Bolt Report on Sky News at 7pm and his Macquarie Radio show at 8pm with Steve Price.