The quintessential Australian climatic pattern of intense droughts and flooding rains will still be with us in the future. But the added risks associated with climate change make it even more important that we plan and act on a careful analysis of the risks that climate variability and climate change together bring.
This emerging pattern of long-term drying across southern Australia, exacerbated by hot days and weeks and periodically interrupted by very intense rainfall and flooding, comes as no surprise to climate scientists. It is entirely consistent with what we expect from a changing climate.
Again demonstrating that no matter what happens, climate scientists like Steffen will claim that it is entirely consistent with what they are warning and is yet further evidence of the need for decisive action against climate change.
Isn’t it nice to see Steffen with the courage and certainty of his convictions that he can remain true to his view of a dangerously warming world despite all evidence to the contrary?
He is behaving like those conspiracy theorists who persist in the belief that the Apollo moon landings were faked despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
Let Steffen continue with his delusions. We would do well to ignore him just like any crank. I expect that he will be repeating the same lines in 2030 (as an 83 year old) even if temperatures have fallen since 1998.
Then we have an article in Scientific American by Gary Stix (referenced in Andrew Bolt’s blog) that is magnificent in the breadth of its lunacy. This once reputable magazine should probably be renamed to Pseudoscientific American. Anyhow, Stix wants a powerful world government to stave off climate change. One that would have every power to ensure that planet-wide atmospheric CO2 concentrations are kept to 560ppm or below (yes, the end of the world is nigh if they are 561ppm).
Some of the things that would need to be contemplated: How do we overcome our hard-wired tendency to “discount” the future: valuing what we have today more than what we might receive tomorrow?
Well, if he thinks that we should treat as an equal cost a planet-destroying asteroid collision in 2030 and one in 2250 that shows some disregard for those people who might live between 2030 and 2250.
Would any institution be capable of instilling a permanent crisis mentality lasting decades, if not centuries? How do we create new institutions with enforcement powers way beyond the current mandate of the U.N.? Could we ensure against a malevolent dictator who might abuse the power of such organizations?
A permanent crisis mentality lasting decades??? How to prevent a malevolent dictator abusing his powers??? Can any sane person ask such questions?
I think Stix would do well to study history and understand Lord Acton’s dictate that
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.
What is it with warming alarmists that they ignore history and advocate totalitarianism? So certain and arrogant in their beliefs they are prepared to ride roughshod over free citizens. Unable to persuade the populace with a massive taxpayer-funded scare campaign, they resort to the tactics of tyranny.
Steffen, the CSIRO and Stix have been caught crying wolf too often and we sensibly should ignore them. Sic semper tyrannis.