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How The Greens Made The Australian Floods Worse

by | 11th, January 2011

DID the Green Shirts make the floods in Australia worse?

POSTED originally on the comments to  Booker’s column , Dellers has picked up a contribution from Memory Vault who lives in Queensland and, with increasing concern, is watching the devastation that has so far claimed more than 70 lives, writes Richard North .

But the issue here as it was with the  horrendous bush fires in Victoria in 2009, is that the disaster could by and large have been prevented, or the effects reduced, but for Greenie intervention. And two individuals are particularly in the frame, the first being environment minister Peter Garrett, who took it upon himself to block a proposed dam that would have prevented it flooding the town of Gympie.

But “Memory Vault” particularly condemns a second individual,  Tim Flannery , a professor of earth and life sciences at Macquarie University, chair of the Copenhagen Climate Council, and the 2007 Australian of the Year. It is he, above all, he has managed to convince the state government that the predicable cycle of droughts and floods will no longer happen, and that the state, instead of beefing up defences from the last major event 30 years ago in 1974, should prepare for long-term water shortages.

Growing evidence,” declared Flannery, suggests that hotter soils, caused directly by global warming, have increased evaporation and transpiration and that the change is permanent. I believe the first thing Australians need to do is to stop worrying about ‘the drought’ which is transient and start talking about the new climate” . It was input such as this that had the state government spending $1.2 billion on desalination plant, instead of flood defences, a plant  now mothballed , as the flood waters mount.

This trend was well established four years ago in 2006, when the city of Perth opened the first large desalination scheme. Visiting the plant on 18 June 2007, Australia’s minister for the

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