ScoMo coughs lies from Sydney’s smoking climate crater

Via your burning PM today:

“I’m a Sydneysider and I know how unusual it is to see that haze across my city, and I know how distressing that has been, particularly for young people, who wouldn’t have seen that before.”

“And I can understand that is deeply unsettling to a lot of Australians, particularly those who are living in Sydney.”

“We will continue to work to reduce our emissions, as we should. But what we cannot say, what no-one can say, is those programs, of themselves, are in any way directly linked to any fire event.”

“We need to reduce emissions and that’s what is being achieved.”

“…even that achievement cannot be directly linked to a reduction or an increase in the risk of bushfire in Australia, because climate change is a global phenomenon.”

“Australia is in the enviable position, unlike most countries, where we actually have exceeded on our targets.”

“It’s a bit like saying that if you get ahead of your mortgage, it doesn’t count.”

“Australia has got ahead of its mortgage on emissions reduction and our commitments that we made for Kyoto 2020.”

Except that those same credits are the result of Australia gaming Kyoto via special land clearing exemptions. One climate lie cannot cover another when your coughing them out of a choking cloud of climate change evidence.

Climate change and the fires are our resposibility. We’ve held back global carbon abatement at every turn for three decades, offering excuses for everyone else to do the same.

Collective action is collective responsbility.

Or it is none.

David Llewellyn-Smith

David Llewellyn-Smith is Chief Strategist at the MB Fund and MB Super. David is the founding publisher and editor of MacroBusiness and was the founding publisher and global economy editor of The Diplomat, the Asia Pacific’s leading geo-politics and economics portal.

He is also a former gold trader and economic commentator at The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, the ABC and Business Spectator. He is the co-author of The Great Crash of 2008 with Ross Garnaut and was the editor of the second Garnaut Climate Change Review.

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  1. LOL this forum, volunteer firefighters WANT to be fighting fires instead of spedning Xmas with the family. They probably lit them so they COULD fight fires. How good is straya!

  2. To paraphrase ScoMo, emissions reduction programs aren’t linked to bushfires. Pure brilliance. In news just to hand, neither are drink-driving programs or handgun amnesties.

    • LOL
      developed countries with long tradition in nuclear energy, with experience in completing projects on time and on budget cannot built a nuclear power station in less than 10 years and less than 30% overruns

      imagine a nuclear power plant being built here, few years to get our mind what we want to do, at least 5 years to settle on a location, than 2 years to sort funding and contracts, than at least 15 years of construction (under assumption it’s a turn key project given to the world’s best company) so that gives us what? 2045?
      did I mention cost?
      plant would probably be around 2GWe (Liddell size) and it would cost at least $30b (today’s dollars) just for construction and few more for bureaucracy around

      for that much money we can install 10GW of solar/wind (large solar/wind farms) and build few hundred GWh of storage (mostly pump hydro storage at multiple sites) over the next 5-10 years

      • Right on, all that and the fact that when they go to cut costs half way through development, it’ll be safety measures that go.

      • doctorX
        December 12, 2019 at 2:33 pm

        few hundred GWh of storage (mostly pump hydro storage at multiple sites) over the next 5-10 years

        doctorX
        December 12, 2019 at 2:39 pm

        the global warming trend that’s going to turn Australia (including SE seabed) into a unlivable desert

        Pumped hydro in the desert!

        Australia’s population to reach 456 million by 2200.

      • Unlike in Chernobyl, the Government will have an external party that they can blame for any faults that arise. If the reactor is flawed and needs fixing, just blame the Labor party and fix it.

    • LOL
      developed countries with long tradition in nuclear energy, with experience in completing projects on time and on budget cannot built a nuclear power station in less than 10 years and less than 30% overruns

      imagine a nuclear power plant being built here, few years to get our mind what we want to do, at least 5 years to settle on a location, than 2 years to sort funding and contracts, than at least 15 years of construction (under assumption it’s a turn key project given to the world’s best company) so that gives us what? 2045?
      did I mention cost?
      plant would probably be around 2GWe (Liddell size) and it would cost at least $30b (today’s dollars) just for construction and few more for bureaucracy around

      for that much money we can install 10GW of solar/wind (large solar/wind farms) and build few hundred GWh of storage (mostly pump hydro storage at multiple sites) over the next 5-10 years

      • Pump hydro storage, or dams, cannot be used as giant batteries to back up solar.

        In times of drought, there will be tons of sunshine and solar panels will be generating tons of electricity. The trouble is, you will not find any water to pump up because water is required in times of drought.

        Then, in times of flood, there won’t be much sunshine because the sky will be dark. You will need to open the floodgate to activate the backup generator. The trouble is, it is already flooding downstream and you will add even more water to the calamity.

    • Fvck we can’t even build a house that doesn’t leak, an apartment block that doesn’t need evacuating or pretty anything that doesn’t fall apart after a couple of years and you reckon we should build a nuclear reactor? Fvck that. Build it in your suburb mate, keep it the fvck away from me.

  3. Seriously MB, you should have run with the title ‘Readers scoff at MB’s end of the world scare mongering’.

    In the 1880’s when the Chaffey brothers went to the North West corner of Victoria to create whats known as Mildura today, the land was described as a Baron, wind swept desert.

    Sure doesn’t look that way today.

    Sydney fire are due to poor policy not Climate Change….

    • I’m pretty sure gum tree leaves being filled with volatiles in order to burn for reproduction has something to do with it to. Everwhere with gum trees is supposed to burn.

  4. it’s too late for anything to change the global warming trend that’s going to turn Australia (including SE seabed) into a unlivable desert
    the only think we could try is to create inland sea by building a canal from Gulf of Carpentaria to Simpson Desert

    • This current drought is caused by a slow down in trade winds due to solar minimum that results in el nino. When the next cycle takes off we will get la nina. Already warm oceans are starting to surround northern aus so the wet season should be decent, although late up north.

      • Really interested in seeing your sources for the solar cycle-drought connection. Would you mind linking the relevant papers? Thanks

  5. Interesting to hear the next ice age has been cancelled due to our sh%$tf$ckery.

    We kind of need one right now.

    And on to Robert and his sh$t f$ckery re: the fires using as strawman to push his peer-reviewed/not-peer reviewed chicanery

    Good god

    • In my driving around the Clarence, there is now far more of the devils work on display. Now if ScoMo and friends had been the ones sacrificed to the volcano gods on White Island, maybe the healing could begin?

    • An actual ice age would be far more catastrophic climate change than global warming will be. But yay, snowboarding.

  6. Great to see MB reported this to: “There’s no trend in the graph. Bushfire losses can therefore be explained by the increasing exposure of dwellings to fire-prone bushlands. No other influences need be invoked. So even if climate change had played some small role in modulating recent bushfires, and we cannot rule this out, any such effects on risk to property are clearly swamped by the changes in exposure.” – https://theconversation.com/climate-change-and-bushfires-youre-missing-the-point-19649

    Sorry doesn’t fit the end of world narrative.

    • Nobody is talking about risk to property as a causal factor. I don’t even know where to begin with this drivel…..

  7. Jumping jack flash

    “It’s a bit like saying that if you get ahead of your mortgage, it doesn’t count.”

    “Australia has got ahead of its mortgage on emissions reduction and our commitments that we made for Kyoto 2020.”

    Very good Scomo, the confirmed debt peddler. You have to hear what isn’t being said.

    The very fact that he mentioned “mortgage” in the same breath as his comments on climate change and bushfire disasters means that crippling mortgage debt is now part of our national vernacular, and it is now a “normal” thing for all “Quiet Australians” to shut up and take on gargantuan loads of debt and pass them all up the “property ladder” to make the person on the next rung instantly rich.

    Indeed, it is now obvious this is what he urges everyone to do by casually mentioning “mortgage” at any available opportunity, and this will somehow magically heal the economy that has been broken by, and continues to be broken from, crippling debt.

    His equating emissions to mortgages makes no sense, emissions aren’t a debt that needs to be repaid. You can’t flop a heap of carbon into the atmosphere and then “repay it” and “mortgage on emissions reduction” is meaningless. The only explanation of this inappropriate mention of mortgages is that he is further normalising the acquisition of insane amounts of debt.

    Debt is NOT normal, kids. Avoid it like the plague.