This update to the original bushfires post is meant not only to complete what I see as a coherent review of the serious Australian bushfires but to also answer to what I saw as dangerous and ill-informed views published by local and international media. If at all possible, it can also highlight more of the blatant and uncaring political attacks which used and abused these natural disasters to further a purely political campaign for climate change policies.
In the three weeks since the Australian bush fire post, the “unprecedented” weather, the “unprecedented” fires and the “unprecedented” levels of destruction have all ceased to be or, in the case of fires, dropped out of the public consciousness because they are not TV-Newsworthy at the moment. This is basically all because just now the “unprecedented” combination of a long drought and a bad bushfire season has been hit with the also-regular –even if erratic and sometimes delayed -normal summer rains.
Specifically, though, it all correlated to normal weather events: a years-long known phenomenon: the Positive Indian Ocean Dipole, as well as the well-known general factor of the El Nino/El Nina weather patterns. I had actually looked this up long before the first article was printed, when I was looking to find what stage were the El Nino/El Nina weather patterns for the Pacific Ocean (which have correlated to Australian droughts/rains incidence).The Positive Indian Ocean Dipole & and its relevance to Australian bush fire seasons and monsoon rain from the northern hemisphere were found on the Australian Bureau of Meteorology website. I hesitated to post them then because their forecast of a return to normal weather was just that: a forecast. As it does show the multiple years correlation of the Dipole to severe bushfire seasons in Australia I have inserted a copy here now.
The evidence was put there in front of them all the very next day (and by the very left ABC, the taxpayer-funded broadcasting network). What did the media and so-called climate “experts” do in Australia?
They ignored it completely.
Seemingly ignored in favour of the “climate catastrophe” and “unprecedented” themes which were pushed so heavily. ABC reports should have been stressed (climate alarmists claim they “trust” the ABC but, as surveys show (Finkelstein Report 2012) not many actually use it as a major source for their news) Maybe if they did the levels of panic might have been lessened and this might have allowed the governments to concentrate on more practical actions on the fire ground, rather than try to cover the relentless political campaigns against them. This is not to even mention the many attempts to push the “Climate Change now or else” memes which were driving the media and the climate vested interests in their publications.
The rains came and the campaign faltered
The rubbish they went on with was accentuated as the rains came, as the fires lessened in intensity, as they went out, as they disappeared from public view. Worse misreporting (false reporting?) was to come. The devastated communities which had been flashed around the world as disaster areas, became inconvenient to that narrative as they started to criticise governments severely for not preventatively burning fuel loads on the forest floors. They named and shamed them for the years of neglect (“not touched for 7 or eight years” was one televised complaint), but everywhere these voices started to be heard (and published).
To top it all off, in a way, Russell Crowe, an actor making a big emotional deal of the fire danger when he had fire on his property in northern NSW, didn’t get to the Golden Globes Awards. He arranged stars to make savage comments for him criticising Australia for the fire danger, spouting the usual “climate change” alarms etc, but a few short weeks later, we had a surprised Crowe, stunned by the rain not only coming, but transforming his wrecked and ruined land into green oasis recovering rapidly. I suggest that most Australians knew it would and with regrowth everywhere Crowe publicised it to the world..
What of the actual plans prior to and after the rains coming
As previously noted, trying to rush a decision on major policy changes to severely reduce Australia’s emissions was ludicrous and damaging (seeing that Australia was a commodity-based economy). Having virtually unlimited coal and iron ore plus a quarter of the worlds uranium here, it meant that these panic proposals would ruin the economy. The very idea that “renewables” would maintain such an economy is a joke if you expect to still have a steel industry, smelting industry and so on. Secondly they would take years to have any effect. With the vast majority of Australia’s energy coming from fossil fuels (and just about all its dispatchable energy generation, coal and gas). Energy costs were slowly killing us anyway
Apart from severely damaging the Australian economy, it would be futile in reducing world emissions let alone doing anything for climate change (IF the theories about climate change are right, a very debatable point).
This was a very organised political campaign from the start, with legacy media and vested green interests at its forefront and one that didn’t stop with the change in weather conditions. It only grew more shrill, probably because the activist window through which they were abusing the fire issue for their climate change purpose was closing.
As separate articles have shown, the ruling Liberal Party in the State of New South Wales, is seriously factionalised and the major faction known as “moderates” but very left wing is heavily-influenced by a green-tinged grouping within it. Important faction leaders and a substantial grouping of fixers are not only philosophically wedded to climate change policies, some are actually part of a green energy lobbying group, making money by lobbying for green policies. The associated green energy support group not only was created by the family of the lobbyist faction figure but the national President of the ruling Liberal Party and its most senior member are on the board.
The Liberal PM Morrison, though partly dependent on that green faction for his position (and it has given him ministers who oppose him publicly on green issues) is more rational on climate and will not (and has publicly stated that he still will not) kill off Australian jobs or industries when Australia actions have such little effect on world emissions.
All this was aided (probably by design) by a vicious, often sensational social media campaign with all the usual suspects involved, including the son of the former Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull. This is a man who is financially involved in renewable energy schemes which are heavily taxpayer-subsidised in Australia (& were when his father was PM)
One memorable factor – which showed the international reach of this type of political stunt – was an invented “Murdoch media is to blame” nonsensical campaign. This smear first worked on the basis that Rupert Murdoch owns extensive media interests in Australia and that they do not go with the flow of left and hard left media consensus that climate change was to blame for this Australian summer. For “consensus” read: suspected JournOlist-type consensus/coordination of output. Thus Murdoch and his media was the centre of all evil and that he was a master string-puller coordinating all their editorial positions.
The idea that Murdoch media was laying down a blitz of stories all universally downplaying the media consensus on climate was total nonsense, but it had the parallel benefit for them of providing a chance to (once again) paint the public who opposed the media consensus as ignorant “rubes”. The fear and loathing of the working classes and working middle classes has been well noted in the 2016 Brexit vote, the 2016 Trump election and the May 2019 Morrison election. That fear has never gone away and here, as elsewhere, it is never the media or elites at fault but the Little People themselves.
The result as of this date, is that the disaster of the fires has gone away temporarily. There is no film or outrage available to them to flog this narrative right now, apart from climate change and the fate of many native animals. The negligence of green lobby groups has exacerbated the problem, their obstruction by hindering burn offs has allowed bushfires to become firestorms and cause far more damage and deaths to native animals than would have been the case if preventative, slow burns had taken place as numerous enquires had demanded.
This is where we are now, and at least such facts are now on the record everywhere so hopefully more of the Australian public will have woken up to the shameless propaganda campaign of the vested interests which jumped on this crisis for their ulterior purposes.
It should be remembered that the fire season isn’t over, even as the political media and climate interests have moved on to more general arguments for climate change. Some of Australia’s most serious fires have occurred post-January. The Black Saturday fires in Victoria on 7 February 2009 killed 173 people (that’s the one where fuel build-up was found to be a major factor in its severity) and the Ash Wednesday fires of 16 February 1983 were, to my memory, the start of when the huge “fire storm” intensity was noted as a novel phenomenon.Follow