Andrew Bolt: Floods Sink Climate Change Hysteria

  • Date: 15/09/16
  • Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun

Australia had just had its second-wettest winter on record

In 2008 — at the height of the global warming scare — our Bureau of Meteorology warned of endless drought.

“Perhaps we should call it our new climate,” said its head of climate analysis, David Jones.

“There is a debate in the climate community, after … close to 12 years of drought, whether this is something permanent.”

So I was surprised this week to hear again from Jones, now the bureau’s head of climate predictions, as record rains again drowned our paddocks, flooded our rivers and filled our dams.

A farmer drives through flooded roads in Serpentine, Victoria. Picture: Ian Currie

Without a single “whoops” or “sorry”, Jones announced Australia had just had its second-wettest winter on record — just missing out top spot by a couple of millimetres.

But Jones had plenty of company back when global warming was the hysterical faith of scientists, politicians and journalists. Professional warming alarmist Tim Flannery, appointed chief climate commissioner by the Gillard government, famously said much the same in 2007: “Even that rain that falls isn’t actually going to fill our dams and our river systems.”

Greens leader Bob Brown in 2008 claimed drought “is the new norm across Australia’s greatest food bowl” in southern Australia.

The Sydney Morning Herald in 2008 agreed “the drought may never break”, and The Age in 2009 reported the “Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO (have) confirmed what many scientists long suspected: that the 13-year drought is not just a natural dry stretch but a shift related to climate change”.

It quoted another bureau official, Bertrand Timbal: ‘’In the minds of a lot of people, the rainfall we had in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s was a benchmark … But we are just not going to have that sort of good rain again as long as the system is warming up.’’

Melbourne Water disastrously agreed: “Unfortunately, we cannot rely on this kind of rainfall like we used to.” So it backed the then Victorian Labor government’s construction of a mega-expensive desalination plant instead of a much cheaper dam.

Reality check. The droughts are long gone. Floods have since drowned parts of Brisbane and filled dams to overflowing in Sydney as well.

Today again, Sydney’s main Warragamba Dam is 98 per cent full, and Brisbane’s dams 81 per cent. Melbourne’s are 67 per cent full and filling. Rivers are flooding. Could the global warming experts explain how they got this so wrong?

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