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Green ideology, not climate change, makes bushfires worse

December 24, 2019

By Paul Homewood

 

 

Whatever the progressives at the Guardian/BBC may say about wildfires, the blokes actually fighting them understand the reality. This was what they had to say back in March:

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March 5, 2019

Melissa Price, the new federal Environment Minister, has done untold political damage to a government already divided over climate action by spouting idiotic green propaganda about Victoria’s bushfires.

On Tuesday, she linked the fires to climate change, claiming there is “no doubt” of its impact on Australia.

“There’s no doubt that there’s many people who have suffered over this summer. We talk about the Victorian bushfires … There’s no doubt that climate change is having an impact on us. There’s no denying that.”

Sorry, minister, it wasn’t climate change that caused the latest bushfires which have so far destroyed nine homes in Victoria, and it wasn’t climate change that killed almost 200 people in the Black Saturday fires ten years ago.

The real culprit is green ideology which opposes the necessary hazard reduction of fuel loads in national parks and which prevents landholders from clearing vegetation around their homes.

 

Jinks Creek Winery was destroyed after a bushfire engulfed the Bunyip state forest. Picture: Stuart McEvoy / The Australian

 

The ongoing poor management of national parks and state forests in Victoria and green obstruction of fire mitigation strategies has led to dangerously high fuel loads over the past decade.

That means that when fires do inevitably break out they are so intense that they are devilishly difficult for firefighters to contain. As a federal parliamentary inquiry heard in 2003, if you quadruple the ground fuel, you get a 13-fold increase in the heat generated by a fire.

Locals know the truth. Andrew Clarke, owner of Jinks Creek Winery, which has been destroyed by a fire which raged out of the Bunyip State Forest, “begged” for fuel reduction burns to protect his property.

“I’ve been begging them [Forest Fire Management Victoria] for 20 years to burn off the state forest at the back of our place and still to this day it hasn’t happened,” he told the ABC’s Country Hour.

Clarke said a planned burn-off was called off because of concerns about nesting birds.

So how did that work out for the birds?

Just three weeks ago, Victoria’s former chief fire officer Ewan Waller warned that state forest fuel loads were reaching deadly, Black Saturday levels. No one paid any attention.

But you can bet Premier Daniel Andrews will hide behind the climate change furphy.

Parroting green lies suits politicians because then they can avoid blame for their own culpability.

The Black Saturday Bushfire Royal Commission criticised the Victorian government for its failure to reduce fuel loads in state forests. It recommended more than doubling the amount of hazard reduction burns.

Instead, in the last three years, alone, the Andrews government has slashed the amount of public land being hazard reduced by almost two thirds.

It’s a crime.

https://volunteerfirefighters.org.au/green-ideology-not-climate-change-makes-bushfires-worse

21 Comments
  1. December 24, 2019 2:50 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate- Science.press.

  2. Arthur H Krugler permalink
    December 24, 2019 3:08 pm

    We live in forested areas without a single fire engine capable of reaching a fire while it is small; who would want to Iive in a city without fire engines capable of reaching a burning house in five minutes??

  3. Peter Yarnall permalink
    December 24, 2019 3:18 pm

    Let’s take it further. If the green lobby hadn’t pressured among others, Kensington & Chelsea into cladding previously fireproof tower blocks, Grenfell Tower would still be standing and 72 people would still be alive.
    Apportion blame where it is really due.

  4. Jackington permalink
    December 24, 2019 3:25 pm

    Scapegoating climate change is all too easy for authorities to latch onto to cover up their lack of action. And of course the ideologists lap up the drama of it all in pictures and horror stories. It applies to floods and wildfires alike, it’s all grist to their mill. God, that carbon dioxide must be a hell of a powerful gas to cause all that damage on its own.

    • December 24, 2019 9:52 pm

      One of the most iniquitous things about blaming climate change for everything is that it means that nothing is done about the real causes. Invariably these are local causes and well within the compass of local officials to answer. What fool would blame their own ineptitude when they can blame problems on emissions of wealthy faraway people?

  5. Ken Pollock permalink
    December 24, 2019 4:01 pm

    It is distressing to read numerous people blaming climate change for the recent bushfires. I filmed the aftermath of such fires in south west Victoria in 1983 for the BBC TV Farming programme. My recollection is that 75 people died, many thousands of stock were killed and hundreds of homes destroyed.
    There was a bad drought then as well, but I recall two outstanding features that are worth remembering. 1. The locals were amazingly resilient. They knew what happened was typical and expected. “She’ll be right, mate” was the most common reaction – and no running to the Federal Government for help, either. 2. They all said that the Greens controlled what could be done and what was prohibited. No-one could cut down a tree that you could not grip around with your two hands. No-one could burn the underbrush to keep it in check. No-one could clear trees from around their property, to give it a chance of being kept wet and cool in a fire. One man did that near Sydney – his was the only house to survive, but he had been heavily fined for clearing his “garden”.
    So, let’s keep a sense of perspective and stop blaming this chimera “climate change” for every disobliging twist in our weather. In a couple of decades, it will seem as foolish as all those who thought we would run out of minerals by the year 2,000, or Prof Erlich who predicted millions starving in the ’70s, because we could not grow enough food for 4 billion people. Now we have 7.5 billion and starvation is virtually unknown!
    Read Matt Ridley in the current Spectator for a more balanced – and optimistic – view of the world!

  6. A man of no rank permalink
    December 24, 2019 4:07 pm

    Spot on there Jack. Man-made CO2. according to edberry.com, is around 30ppm. So one molecule nasty CO2 to 30,000 other molecules in our atmosphere.
    Its extremely powerful!

  7. December 24, 2019 6:23 pm

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:
    The ongoing poor management of national parks and state forests in Victoria and green obstruction of fire mitigation strategies has led to dangerously high fuel loads over the past decade.

    That means that when fires do inevitably break out they are so intense that they are devilishly difficult for firefighters to contain. As a federal parliamentary inquiry heard in 2003, if you quadruple the ground fuel, you get a 13-fold increase in the heat generated by a fire.

    Every year, fire after fire, flood after flood, climate is blamed but the lessons are never learnt whilst the mindless manta is being chanted. Hopefully this new decade we can evolve from this era of see no truth, hear no truth.

  8. December 24, 2019 9:09 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

  9. Carbon500 permalink
    December 24, 2019 10:25 pm

    It’s off-topic, but I think relevant – here’s what anyone who would like to see or take part in a rational debate is up against:

    Notice the pitying smirks of the brainwashed, the bias of the BBC , and the belief in ‘99% of scientists’- and the way that any dissenting view expressed by Piers Corbyn is simply ignored.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      December 25, 2019 9:53 pm

      Owen Jones, Nuff said.

  10. Washington 76 permalink
    December 24, 2019 10:46 pm

    Never leave out these government gangsters.

    Feb 9, 2016 Mafia BLM Burns Rancher Property and Cows to Show They Own This Joint

    This is what the average TV viewer does not know about why Oregon happened. This is what it looks like when the mafia sends a message.

  11. December 25, 2019 12:31 am

    Reblogged this on Utopia, you are standing in it!.

  12. George Lawson permalink
    December 25, 2019 11:48 am

    “Clarke said a planned burn-off was called off because of concerns about nesting birds”.
    What a mad world these so called environmentalists live in. I obviously didn’t occur to Clark that the adult birds would fly away in front of the fire to nest again, and that any young birds in the nests were worth sacrificing for the benefit of the wider population. How do we get rid of these people, or at least get them to understand simple common sense.

  13. December 25, 2019 1:14 pm

    climate change IS the new green ideology

    https://tambonthongchai.com/2019/10/19/emotion/

  14. December 26, 2019 10:21 pm

    how it should be –

    Very common in the early 20th century

    Queensland Fires.
    Gympie Times and Mary River Mining Gazette (Qld. : 1868 – 1919) Thursday 24 April 1902

    QUEENSLAND. FIRES IN THE SUBURBS. BRISBANE, Tuesday.
    The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954) Wednesday 16 December 1903

    QUEENSLAND FIRES.
    The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957) Saturday 17 June 1905

    QUEENSLAND. BUSH FIRES.
    The North Western Advocate and the Emu Bay Times (Tas. : 1899 – 1919) Monday 7 September 1908

    QUEENSLAND FIRES. BRISBANE, Monday.
    The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954) Tuesday 19 January 1909

    QUEENSLAND. THE MOSMAN FIRES.
    The North Western Advocate and the Emu Bay Times (Tas. : 1899 – 1919) Monday 18 July 1910

    QUEENSLAND FIRES. PREVENTIVE MEASURES.
    The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957) Saturday 16 September 1911

    QUEENSLAND FIRES. SAWMILL DESTROYED. BRISBANE, Thursday.
    The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954) Friday 6 December 1912

    Queensland Fires. BRISBANE, Wednesday.
    The North Western Courier (Narrabri, NSW : 1913 – 1955) Wednesday 26 February 1913

    Queensland Fires.
    The Don Dorrigo Gazette and Guy Fawkes Advocate (NSW : 1910 – 1954) Saturday 10 January 1914

    QUEENSLAND FIRES.
    The Journal (Adelaide, SA : 1912 – 1923) Saturday 30 October 1915

    QUEENSLAND CANE FIRES
    The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957) Thursday 27 September 1917

    Queensland Fires.
    The Armidale Chronicle (NSW : 1894 – 1929) Wednesday 30 October 1918

    QUEENSLAND. FIRES AND L.W.W. GANGS.
    Zeehan and Dundas Herald (Tas. : 1890 – 1922) Wednesday 29 October 1919

    QUEENSLAND FIRES CASE OF SUPPOSED ARSON
    The Evening Star (Boulder, WA : 1898 – 1921) Monday 16 August 1920

    QUEENSLAND FIRES Soldiers’ Loss
    The Herald (Melbourne, Vic. : 1861 – 1954) Monday 15 October 1923

    Queensland Fires BRISBANE, Wednesday.
    Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 – 1931) Wednesday 16 January 1924

    QUEENSLAND BUSH FIRES
    Singleton Argus (NSW : 1880 – 1954) Thursday 24 December 1925 p 4 Article

    Queensland Fires.
    Advocate (Burnie, Tas. : 1890 – 1954) Saturday 20 November 1926

    QUEENSLAND FIRES [?] CROP SUFFERS.
    Singleton Argus (NSW : 1880 – 1954) Thursday 22 September 1927

    QUEENSLAND FIRES.
    The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957) Monday 12 November 1928

    QUEENSLAND FIRES BRISBANE, Wedenesday
    The Daily Express (Wagga Wagga, NSW : 1919 – 1930) Friday 2 August 1929

    BUSH FIRES In Queensland
    The West Wyalong Advocate (NSW : 1928 – 1954) Friday 3 January 1930

    QUEENSLAND FIRES. BRISBANE, Tuesday.
    Cloncurry Advocate (Qld. : 1931 – 1953) Saturday 20 February 1932

    Queensland. GRASS FIRES.
    The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 – 1946) Saturday 1 April 1933

    QUEENSLAND BUSH FIRES
    The Independent (Deniliquin, NSW : 1901 – 1946) Friday 12 October 1934

    Grass Fires In Queensland
    The Herald (Melbourne, Vic. : 1861 – 1954) Wednesday 6 September 1939

    QUEENSLAND FIRES STILL RAGING BRISBANE, Monday.
    Daily Advertiser (Wagga Wagga, NSW : 1911 – 1954) Tuesday 12 November 1940

    QUEENSLAND FIRES Stock Burnt to Death
    The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 – 1954) Tuesday 9 September 1941

    SERIOUS QUEENSLAND FIRES: PROPERTY DAMAGED HOMES MANACED
    Queensland Times (Ipswich, Qld. : 1909 – 1954) Thursday 3 October 1946

    Bush Fires in Queensland
    The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 – 1954) Monday 27 September 1948

    QUEENSLAND FIRES UNDER CONTROL HEAVY DAMAGE CAUSED
    National Advocate (Bathurst, NSW : 1889 – 1954) Thursday 5 January 1950

    QUEENSLAND BESH FIRES
    The Armidale Express and New England General Advertiser (NSW : 1856 – 1861; 1863 – 1889; 1891 – 1954) Wednesday 23 September 1936

    Queensland Fires. BRISBANE, January 15.
    Queensland Times (Ipswich, Qld. : 1909 – 1954) Monday 16 January 1939

    QUEENSLAND FIRES
    National Advocate (Bathurst, NSW : 1889 – 1954) Saturday 11 August 1951

    Queensland Fires
    Examiner (Launceston, Tas. : 1900 – 1954) Thursday 11 December 1952

    Heavy damage in Queensland fires
    Advocate (Burnie, Tas. : 1890 – 1954) Monday 11 January 1954

  15. James Broadhurst permalink
    December 27, 2019 1:46 am

    In 2004 Professor John Kay described the idea of Obliquity where an oblique approach to a problem was oftentimes the best. The zero tolerance policy of the US National Parks Service to any fire, however small, since the 19th century did not decrease but increased the incidence of fires. The oblique approach had been to let the “kindling” burn which removed fuel for a much bigger and devastating fire.

    A full description of this is here
    https://www.johnkay.com/2004/01/17/obliquity/

  16. Ron Liebermann permalink
    December 27, 2019 3:38 am

    There are several issues here; and they are all tangled-up. You’ve got overgrowth of vegetation, greenhouse gas, the fire department, and government spending. So let’s cut out everything except “global warming” which is supposedly caused by too much emission of carbon dioxide gas. Certain countries, such as China, are responsible for most of these omissions. So why isn’t China specifically named as the culprit? Because every government is dreaming of the day when State employees can never get fired. Communist ideology offers total protection to State Agents. And since China is the biggest and most powerful communist country, none of the government employees in England or Australia want to say anything bad about them. Communists must never be openly criticized.

  17. Henning Nielsen permalink
    December 27, 2019 11:55 pm

    ““I’ve been begging them [Forest Fire Management Victoria] for 20 years to burn off the state forest at the back of our place and still to this day it hasn’t happened,” he told the ABC’s Country Hour.

    Clarke said a planned burn-off was called off because of concerns about nesting birds.

    So how did that work out for the birds?”

    I guess the chickens have come home to roast? /pun intended

  18. December 28, 2019 12:46 am

    Today I listened to a the Economist podcast about the Californian Eucalyptus problem. One thing that could be discerned was that the original Californian flora and fauna did not support a lot of woodlands. It was always too dry for that. That’s why most Indian tribes stayed away from California for so long. It was not fertile land and the reason why so much of California is green today is irrigation. So, the woods and the brush have been created by us. Now, we need to manage what we have created. But Greens have declared this human creation to be nature now which cannot be touched. But nature does not give a damn and dries the landscape, making it liable to fire. And with all the brush and trees we have given the fires plenty of nourishment. Just my two cents.

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