With California wildfires on hiatus for the time being, the global coolingglobal warming climate change police has diverted its collective outrage to Australia where a series of major fires has erupted in New South Wales where Shane Fitzsimmons, the local fire chief, said it could be "the most dangerous bushfire week this nation has ever seen", and Sydney is now reportedly facing a "catastrophic" fire danger on Tuesday, the highest warning level that's ever been issued for Australia's largest city with Bloomberg adding that "as the country's bushfire season becomes longer and more intense, the threat to lives and homes across the nation has grown."
Predictably the patron saint of environmentalists, Greta Thunberg took to twitter to inform her 3 million followers that ""The numbers don't lie, and the science is clear. If anyone tells you, 'This is part of a normal cycle' or 'We've had fires like this before', smile politely and walk away, because they don't know what they're talking about."
Greta was referencing an article in the Sydney Morning Herald, according to which "Unprecedented dryness; reductions in long-term rainfall; low humidity; high temperatures; wind velocities; fire danger indices; fire spread and ferocity; instances of pyro-convective fires (fire storms - making their own weather); early starts and late finishes to bushfire seasons. An established long-term trend driven by a warming, drying climate."
It was enough for Bloomberg News, which is controlled by fervent environmentalist and now presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg (who has a passion for driving gas guzzling helicopters and criss-crosses the globe in his private jets) to declare without a shadow of doubt that "Australia's Bushfires Are Getting Worse. And Climate Change Is to Blame."
How did Bloomberg reach this undisputed conclusion? It's not exactly clear although the author notes that "Australia is the world's driest inhabited continent and is considered one of the most vulnerable developed countries to global warming", a conclusion which just a few weeks ago the world's environmentalists were making about California.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, climate change is increasing the frequency and severity of dangerous bushfire conditions, with the season starting significantly earlier in spring in southern and eastern parts of Australia.
To add some visual flair to its arguments presented as facts, Bloomberg publishes the following dramatic map of Australia's brushfire risk.
And yet, just like in California, one can't help but wonder if local regulations that have enabled to proliferation of dry kindling by not engaging in controlled fires is to blame; in other words, could it just be another case of local authorities blaming their ineptitude and unwillingness to accept the consequences of their actions on "global warming."
Perhaps... but not to the Bloomberg author, who goes so far to even dispense with the politically correct term of "climate change" and insists that this is, in fact, "global warming", to wit:
With three people dead and 150 homes destroyed in recent days, and almost million hectares of land burned this season, the fires have thrust the threat posed by global warming back into the headlines in a nation that gets the bulk of its energy from burning coal.
Yet not everyone has been swept up in the Thunberg-inspired frenzy.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison's government, under fire from environmentalists for not doing more to curb emissions, denied that climate change is to blame when asked about the bushfires, something which Bloomberg was eager to dismiss presenting the government's position as one of a "staunch supporter of the coal-mining industry", and thus - be definition - an evil enabler of global warming.
But one person that is certain to attract the personal wrath of each and every Thunberg twitter follower, is Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, who in a radio interview on Monday stated what should have been obvious to all,namely that "we've had fires in Australia since time began, and what people need now is sympathy, understanding, help and shelter."
And then just to ensure that he becomes the top target for militant environmentalists around the globe, he lashed out saying that all those people for whom the brushfire are a true tragedy, "don't need the ravings of some pure, enlightened and woke capital-city greenies."
This is where Greta would respond along the lines of "how dare you."
That said, we doubt the "greenies" ravings will be drowned out, even if it was none other than the liberal New York Times that found some time ago that one hundred years of data showed no actual warming trend.