More roundup things

Jo Nova flags a flip on the ABC and the Sydney Morning Herald re the cause of fires.

Buried in a save-the-koala story on ABC News tonight is an ABC journalist saying for the first time that it is “current fire management practices” that are the problem. Rani Hayman didn’t say fuel load, but she might as well have. The reference to “indigenous fire practices” makes it obvious that the ABC means more hazard reduction burns (not that they can say so). She also didn’t say “climate change” — write it in your diary. On November 14th, the same ABC journalist was only interviewing the posterboys who blamed “climate change” for the fires. 

UPDATE: Holy smoke — the Sydney Morning Herald also appear to have flipped hours earlier in the morning and in a much stronger and more direct way. Regular SMH reader Dave B sends in the link and says “wow… here’s a huge surprise”.

Jo reports on the ducking and weaving of the BOM to spin the cold weather last week as though defects in the equipment mean that it was really colder in the past!

Heads up for another important piece from Matt Ridley on the EU “protectionism” by way of absurd interpretations of the precautionary principle. h/t Nob.

Another very good introductory book on climate issues, Inconvenient Facts by Gregory Wrightstone. It has all the features that I want to have in the primer that I am writing with a co-author recruited from the Five Dock Climate Realists. Not too big at 140 pages, not expensive, not too technical, very clearly written, bold and effective diagrams and charts, covers the key scientific issues.

Writing in plain English and providing easily understood charts and figures, Gregory Wrightstone presents the science to assess the basis of the threatened Thermageddon.The book’s 60 inconvenient facts come from government sources, peer-reviewed literature or scholarly works, set forth in a way that is lucid and entertaining. The information likely will challenge your current understanding of many apocalyptic predictions about our ever dynamic climate.You will learn that the planet is improving, not in spite of increasing CO2 and rising temperature, but because of it. The very framework of the climate-catastrophe argument will be confronted with scientific fact.Arm yourself with the truth.

Our book will go wider with policy and cost benefit issues and the way our electricity system is being wrecked but this one is a benchmark for coverage of the science, on a par with Alex Epstein The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels noted in the Roundup yesterday.


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18 Responses to More roundup things

  1. David

    Good luck with the book but I don’t know how much good it will do. At this point we are dealing with a religion.

  2. Mother Lode

    Where the ABC goes, our journos follow.

    Not because the ABC is such a venerable and effective outfit – it isn’t. It is appalling.

    But it exerts on journos a force near imperceptible at the beginning of their careers but which ceaselessly mounts. Through all the tumult, all the highs, lows, bottles of gin, lawsuits, marriages, divorces – it never pauses, but gathers strength every second of every day for decades.

    Finally, when the journo’s reputation is battered and beaten by repeated skirmishes with truth the journo limps off hoping to find refuge at the ABC where they might live out their years on life support care of the taxpayer to whom they so contemptuously lied for years.

    The ABC does not shine a way to truth, it offers a retirement plan to journos who have feigned corroboration of their lies. A reward for the duplicitous and unworthy.

  3. duncanm

    A prime example of Scott Adams’ cognitive dissonance of the left in progress.

    National parks good, white man can’t burn. Fires are bigger (they’re not) due to climate change.
    Aboriginal practices good. Black man must burn.

  4. Mark M

    Kavanaugh opens door to carbon rule challenge

    “How much authority should federal agencies have in shaping regulations like the Clean Power Plan, and how much of that work should fall to Congress instead?

    Some legal experts say that question could become a focus for the Supreme Court’s conservative majority now that Justice Brett Kavanaugh has signaled interest in reconsidering the scope of agency powers.”


  5. mem

    Aussie MP Calls Out UN Chief’s Lies
    Craig Kelly does a brilliant job of exposing the lies and presenting the facts. this video is going viral.

  6. duncanm

    Indigenous-only positions in fire management at all levels of government (Fed, State, National Parks, Council, RMS, down to being forced on the RFS) in 3.. 2.. 1..

  7. Roger

    There’s a bloke in Qld who is advocating for fuel load reduction and fire breaks around properties under the guise of indigenous fire management practices.

  8. stackja

    NZ predictions

    As greenhouse gas emissions rise, carbon fingerprint points to fossil fuels – 26/11/2019
    Greenhouse gas emissions are continuing to rise, and combustion of fossil fuels is the only explanation for the changing makeup of atmospheric CO2, according to the latest figures released by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

    Volcanic Alert Bulletins
    6 days ago Whakaari/White Island: Moderate volcanic unrest continues
    Moderate volcanic unrest continues at Whakaari/White Island, with substantial gas, steam and mud bursts observed at the vent located at the back of the crater lake. Other monitoring parameters remain elevated and the Volcanic Alert Level stays at Level 2.

  9. Nob

    Since your piece is called” Roundup” – check this quote from the Matt Ridley link in your OP:

    This problem matters because glyphosate (better known as Roundup) is a valuable tool in conservation, used for protecting habitats from invasive alien weeds. Moreover, throughout the Americas today glyphosate used as part of “minimal tillage” replaces ploughing as a means of controlling weeds. This results in better soil structure, less soil erosion, less damage to soil fauna, fewer greenhouse gas emissions, more carbon storage and better water retention.

    The piece can also be reached via this tweet:

  10. Roger

    Good luck with the book but I don’t know how much good it will do. At this point we are dealing with a religion.

    No; it’s a pseudo-religion.

    “When men choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing, they then become capable of believing in anything.”

    – Emile Cammaerts, The Laughing Prophet

  11. flyingduk

    Ive just started reading ‘ The moral case for fossil fuels’ myself.

  12. cuckoo

    Not expecting a full scale retreat anytime soon, but I did notice this change in the tenor of ABC reporting. Couldn’t believe I was hearing the ABC criticising someone for not doing their full schedule of prescribed burnoffs. Though of course the ABC frames this within the paradigm of blaming “authorities”. Labor governments are sacrosanct of course, but almost every disaster, natural or otherwise, gets framed as an accusation against “authorities”. Usually 24 hours after first reports of the disaster: you can set your watch by it.

  13. duncanm

    Maybe I’m being too cynical.

    Its good to see this indigenous bloke has been pushing backburning/fire management for quite some time.
    Victor Steffensen


  14. woolfe

    Remember Garrett saying “After the election everything will change”? Yep

  15. Helen Davidson (nmrn)

    Not sure if anyone is interested, but the NT Government has released its response to the independent enquire into the system black in Alice Springs a couple of months ago.

    Apparently, even though it was caused by a sudden decrease in solar generation when the sun went under a cloud, it was actually the power companies fault for not designing the system properly. Two CEOs have been sacked.

    …that the sudden unforeseen (by those managing the system) reduction in solar generation due to cloud which precipitated the system black is not considered a root cause of the system black, as a power system should be designed as far as practical to be sufficiently robust to withstand this.

  16. Squirrel

    An ABC that was worth feeding with money forcibly removed from our pockets would have made somewhat more of this and – most importantly – would have served its function of educating and informing by providing a brief summary of what is involved in “indigenous fire practices” and how they differ (if they actually do) in reality from other such practices, and what the indigenous practices can be carried out in weather conditions which make other practices too risky.

    Instead of this, what we got was yet another ABC story which was basically saying – “white = bad, brown = good”.

  17. egg_

    Please St Greta – save our burning Koalas!

  18. Colonel Crispin Berka

    No no no. The real cause of the fires isn’t the hydrocarbons on the ground, it’s the hydrocarbons we took out of the ground.
    So deranged. So defeatist. So progressive!

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