It’s amazing. People are dead because of an arson campaign, and a reporter for the AFP takes the time to make a ludicrous leap between the wildfires and climate change.
The key point in the story comes from bushfire expert Mark Adams:
“I have never seen weather and other conditions as extreme as they were on Saturday, the fire weather was unprecedented,” Adams said.
“We don’t have all the evidence yet to fully explain this day in terms of climate change, however all the science to date shows that we can expect more extreme weather in the years to come.
Let me rephrase that for you. “We have no real evidence that these fires are in any way connected to climate change, but I’m going to fearmonger nonetheless and blame the warming planet and CO2 emissions!”
Remember all the flak Al Gore gets when he attends an AGW conference while it’s 8 below, and the environmentalists warn us not to base our conclusions on allegorical evidence (and, rightly so, environuts!)? Well, it cuts both ways. Australia’s had one hot summer, but global temperatures have been either stagnant or in decline, on average, since 1998 (or 2001, if you want to avoid using such an outlier of a data point as 1998).
Of course, the idiot reporting this for AFP doesn’t bother to check the data before seeking out a one-sided argument on climate change.