Jack Egan and his Devastated Home. Source ABC, fair use, low resolution image to identify the subject.

Aussie Bushfire Survivor Complains About the Lack of Climate Action

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

A year on from large bushfires which activists have blamed on climate change, some bushfire survivors are upset Australia hasn’t abandoned fossil fuel. But there is no firm evidence climate change is making Aussie bushfires worse.

One year since Australia’s devastating wildfires, anger grows at climate change ‘inaction’

Feb. 5, 2021, 2:17 AM AEST / Updated Feb. 5, 2021, 3:38 AM AEST
By Nick Baker

“I feel ashamed of our country as it’s allowed some sort of short-term cynical politics to prevent proper climate action,” one survivor said.

SYDNEY — Not long after Jack Egan’s home burned down during Australia’s “Black Summer” wildfires a year ago, he made a life-changing decision.

At 60, Egan quit his job so he could spend his days campaigning for stronger action on climate change, a national and global challenge he said was “akin to a war.”

“I was working quite happily in aged care … but the fires caused me to devote the rest of my life to volunteer on climate action. I took an early retirement and that’s what I do full time now,” he said.

Egan, whose property in Rosedale on the country’s south-east coast has still not been rebuilt, recalled how “the fires had a behavior that was new to Australia, or new to me at least … and the length of the fires — months — was really shocking.”

February marks one year since Australia’s catastrophic wildfire season started to ease, after leaving 34 people dead and torching at least 18 million hectares of land (nearly 44.5 million acres). It was, in the words of one state premier, “the most devastating natural disaster in living memory.”

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/science/environment/one-year-australia-s-devastating-wildfires-anger-grows-climate-change-n1256714

I’m sorry for Jack Egan’s loss, but frankly if you live in the Aussie bush and your don’t want your home to burn, you need to clear the area around your house. The New South Wales Fire authority recommends all trees within 10m (30ft) of your home be cleared, and other vegetation be cleared to 50m.

Going by the picture at the top of the page, and I’m assuming this is a picture of the remains of Egan’s home, it looks like Jack Egan’s home was closely surrounded by tall, highly flammable eucalyptus trees. I may be wrong, but I do not think Egan followed NSW fire authority bushfire safety guidelines.

In addition, Mr. Egan appears to have been a committed climate activist before the loss of his home. According to the ABC, “Mr Egan’s car, fitted with the climate change sign, survived the blaze while the house was destroyed.”

If Mr Egan wants to save people from future bushfires, perhaps he should consider campaigning for people to be more conscious of bushfire safety and preparedness, instead of trying to leverage his personal tragedy to convince people to support useless renewables.

Link between climate change and drought
h/t JoNova – a slide from Professor Pitman’s presentation in June 2019

Note: Professor Andy Pitman who created the slide above later claimed he misspoke, claimed he meant to say there is no “direct” link between climate change and drought.

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Mr.
February 4, 2021 10:20 pm

Yeah living in the bush requires serious preparation before the onset of each summer, and even when rigorously carried out, there are no guarantees of avoiding catastrophe when the winds point the flames in your direction.

No amount of trying to hold the forces of nature to account, or even more futile, trying to “tame” the weather, will keep bush dwellers exempt from the prospect of calamity.

There are no “safe spaces” in the Aussie bush. Work this reality into your bush living practices.

Reply to  Mr.
February 5, 2021 8:01 am

Not to worry, Jack. John Kerry is on the way – in a government jet – not his private jet – to show solidarity….we are all in this together sez John….together we can defeat sudden abrupt fast quick climate change.

Joel O'Bryan
February 4, 2021 10:29 pm

I see folks walking and even jogging with their COVID face talisman on and no one else is within 200 meters of them. Brainwashing from the media does work on many people.
Mr Egan is an example of brainwashing, and training from the Left to shift blame from bad personal decisions to somewhere else. The Left’s stock-in-trade is blame shifting.
Bottom-line: You can’t fix stupid.

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Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
February 4, 2021 11:12 pm

Also note the “350” shirt Mr Egan is wearing. His kind of stupid goes waaaay back many years. Not your normal everyday stupid, but real Bill McKibben-type Stupid.

fred250
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
February 4, 2021 11:56 pm

Mandatory head-tilt !

Greg
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
February 5, 2021 12:25 am

No, look again. It’s a “+350” teeshirt. He wants 350ppm MORE CO2 in the atmosphere. This is a great idea for our energy and the health of the planet, I’m trying to find where I can buy one.

fred250
Reply to  Greg
February 5, 2021 3:12 am

Someone posted this quite a long while ago

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Greg
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
February 5, 2021 12:27 am

Not your normal everyday stupid, but real Bill McKibben-type Stupid

Classic.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
February 5, 2021 3:22 am

In case anyone isn’t aware of just how stupid McKibben is- be sure to watch him debate Alex Epstein: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_a9RP0J7PA&t=905s

fred250
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
February 4, 2021 11:14 pm

Was down visiting a friend in Newcastle the other day. Drove along the foreshore ..

People EVERYWHERE, and not a mask in sight 🙂

Scissor
Reply to  fred250
February 5, 2021 4:29 am

Some are waking, some are still sowing fear.

Jeff Meyer
Reply to  Scissor
February 5, 2021 8:17 am

Listen to the reporters concern…. I am sure they took liberties with the owners replies…. I am with this guy! The numbers do not add up! I do not know who said it but…. ” Its easier to fool a person than to convince them that they have been fooled”….

Craig from Oz
Reply to  fred250
February 5, 2021 5:54 am

Practical reaction here in Oz for most people is apathy.

I are in South Oz, which has been SLIGHTLY more pragmatic about this then the other states and be easy observation you can tell the great majority of the population do not care.

Masks only seem to be worn by the people lining up to enter the Apple Store, because Apple policy says so.

Hand sanitising stations at the entrances to shops? Nope. Most people walk past. We have some at work, never seen them in use. In fact believe at least one doesn’t even work.

We are apparently meant to ‘COVID Track’ using a QR code that our state government has insisted on. I would say maybe 60% use it, but that is dependent on the location. In venues where you might get called out on it – pubs for example – people grudgingly accept because they don’t want to make a scene, but in most small business people just walk in and out and no one cares.

The other point with the tracking is if you don’t have your phone, or won’t use your phone they have ‘sign in’ sheets where in your ‘best’ handwriting you add your name and phone number. There is no law that forces you to always have your phone with you in public and if push came to shove there is no way they are going to do effective tracking based on most people’s handwriting. It is basically ‘Make Work’ to show they are doing something to keep us all safe, but again, no one really cares that much. No retailer these days can afford to upset a customer by forcing them to sign in so everyone just pretends they weren’t watching.

Farce.

Australia has had lower than average death rates. Our hospitals are not filled with people fighting for life and the vast majority of people here have spent the last 11 months seeing no one they know personally actually get the sodding thing.

No one in Australia cares anymore.

Scissor
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
February 5, 2021 4:22 am

I wonder if he cries when he pumps gas.

February 4, 2021 10:30 pm

This year it rained all over NSW very heavily and there have been almost no bushfires. Last year was drier and there was a Green-sponsored build-up of uncut vegetation which attracted the attention of arsonists. Most bushfires in inhabited areas of Australia are, sadly, started by arsonists which adds to people’s tragedies in summer. Following the NSW Fire Authority Bushfire Safety Guidelines is the best counter to bushfires and arsonists..

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  nicholas tesdorf
February 4, 2021 10:46 pm

La Nina’s are typically wet years for Australia and Indoneisa. And dry Winters for the SW USA.
That is happening now in the USA, a dry winter in the Southwest USA.
It is also cold now across North America, and about to get a lot colder next week.
Glad I live in So. Arizona.

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Loydo
Reply to  nicholas tesdorf
February 5, 2021 12:03 am

Arsonists are responsible for very few fires despite what you read in the MSM.

NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Inspector Ben Shepherd said… lightning was predominantly responsible for the bushfire crisis.

Only about 1 per cent of the land burnt in NSW last bushfire season can be officially attributed to arson, and it was even less in Victoria.

If you have some evidence that turns all that on its head, please share it.

Waza
Reply to  Loydo
February 5, 2021 12:20 am

#1 Evidence from just last week

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-25/alleged-adelaide-hills-arsonist-in-court-over-clarendon-bushfire/13088984

#2 your 1% is meaningless if the arsonist starts a fire in a built up area as above

Rory Forbes
Reply to  Loydo
February 5, 2021 12:23 am

The fact that the MSM reports arson at all is usually evidence enough that the problem is most likely many times worse.

Waza
Reply to  Loydo
February 5, 2021 12:39 am

The Royal Commission into the 2009 Victorian bushfires stated there was 16,000 fires that summer. Some fires burnt more the a million hectares and lasted 30 days
The commission only examined 15 in detail.
One was in upper fern tree gully UFG
The UFG fire lasted only 4 hours and burnt only 4 hectares
But UFG is in the suburbs. Location of the fire is critical.

Jit
Reply to  Loydo
February 5, 2021 1:00 am

Balch et al 2017:

“Human-started wildfires accounted for 84% of all wildfires, tripled the length of the fire season, dominated an area seven times greater than that affected by lightning fires, and were responsible for nearly half of all area burned.” (US)

fred250
Reply to  Loydo
February 5, 2021 2:32 am

Loy-dumb trying the farcical misdirection…

ie another attempt at INTENTIONAL DECEIT.

Arsonist fires are near populations centers and generally burn very little area before they are brought under control..

And there were quite a few of those small areas

There were two main causes for the area and ferocity

  1. Two years of good rain followed by two very hot dry years.. ie AUSTRALIAN WEATHER
  2. The green agenda slowing down bush-fire control measured.

Why do you always make dumb , idiotic comments that must know are purely misdirection and crass lying BS ??

Waza
Reply to  fred250
February 5, 2021 3:30 am

Fred
Exactly.
Here in Victoria the worst historic bushfires were.
1939
1983
2009

The following years had extremely low rainfall
1938
1982
2009

mkelly
Reply to  Loydo
February 5, 2021 8:53 am

Loydo s coming around. He now admits MSM lies and nature predominates.

fred250
Reply to  Loydo
February 5, 2021 12:29 pm

“If you have some evidence”

.

roflmao

Coming from Loy-dumb, that is hilarious. !!

Still waiting for your empirical evidence of warming by human released atmospheric CO2.

Loy has proven that evidence is MEANINGLESS to him/her/it.

Old Woman of the North
Reply to  Loydo
February 5, 2021 5:54 pm

NSW Last week a volunteer fire fighter was charged with igniting 30 fires last year.

aussiecol
Reply to  Loydo
February 5, 2021 6:33 pm

”If you have some evidence that turns all that on its head, please share it.”

https://theconversation.com/humans-light-85-of-bushfires-and-we-do-virtually-nothing-to-stop-it-126941

ozspeaksup
Reply to  nicholas tesdorf
February 5, 2021 3:04 am

you can follow their guidelines but until THEY clear the damned scub outta the parks? and the greentypes always buy the near park cheap land(roos and other pests all over your land is ONLY a bonus to them)
they;; keep having fires there get into peoples land n houses

MarkW
Reply to  nicholas tesdorf
February 5, 2021 8:15 am

All that rain will cause the brush to grow, then when it burns again, they will once again blame CO2.

Mariner
February 4, 2021 10:35 pm

I remember after the “black friday” bush fires in Victoria, one of the few houses to survive was because the owner had cleared the land around his house. At the time of the fires he was fighting the local council who wanted to fine him for protecting his own house. Go figure.

simonmcc
February 4, 2021 10:37 pm

Here’s an aerial photo of Mr Egan’s leafy suburb of Rosedale. Looks like they don’t do much fire risk mitigation. Here’s one for the trivia buffs: 1kg of TNT explosive has a heat of combustion of 14.6 Megajoules. The same weight of eucalyptus wood at 20% moisture content holds approximately the same energy.

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Waza
Reply to  simonmcc
February 4, 2021 11:41 pm

Simon
Good pick up.

The Eurobadalla Shire Council lists the settlement of Rosedale as high risk with the potential of catastrophic consequences from a bushfire.

https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/plan-and-prepare/know-your-risk/bush-fire-risk-management-plans

It is my observations that municipalities and fire services in jurisdictions such as NSW, Victoria and California, have quite good plans and strategies to respond to fires.
Clearing of government land such as roadsides.
However, it is green groups within these communities that fight any clearing.

Greg
Reply to  simonmcc
February 5, 2021 12:35 am

Good spot. Most of those properties seem to have trees with branches right up to the roof edge.

Graham Balderson
February 4, 2021 10:46 pm

While one feels for Mr Egan and his loss which would be soul destroying, his comment “ and the length of the fires — months — was really shocking.” shows he needs to do some research before he makes statements like that.

If he did, he would find that the fire season in northern Australia can start as early as August since we have dry winters and first rain from the thunderstorm season does not typically come until October. On the other hand, because southern Australia has wet winters, the fire season is much later, more like November to March. Last year’s fire season was a typical example of this timing and not at all exceptional, particularly since it was a drought year as well.

The main problem is the lack of control burning to reduce the fuel load in the forests. Eucalyptus tress are particularly prone to shedding leaves, branches and bark and thus quickly build up a significant fuel load on the ground in a short time frame.

Old Woman of the North
Reply to  Graham Balderson
February 5, 2021 5:59 pm

Fuel reduction should be done as soon as the wet bush dries enough to do a cool burn that gets rid of built up rubbish, not wait until November.

fred250
February 4, 2021 11:02 pm

Nothing cynical about it….

People want cars.. like Jack has still got.. looks like a large SUV of some sort.

They want a house.. like Jack had (do I see a colorbond or gal iron roof ??)

The want reliable electricity.. like Jack had.

What changes does Jack want everyone to make, apart from wearing climate activist shirts.?

Greg
Reply to  fred250
February 5, 2021 1:03 am

He seems to have bought the wrong shirt too. That one says “+350”. Burning more fossil fuels would to add another 350ppm of CO2 is a great idea for securing cheap reliable energy for our children and grandchildren. Also great for the plants which support the rest of life on this planet.

MarkW
Reply to  fred250
February 5, 2021 8:19 am

Like most activists, Jack either wants other people to bear the brunt of any changes (He’s done his part by being an activist)
Or he believes in unicorns and actually believes that we can shift over to 100% solar and wind without any changes to lifestyle.

fred250
February 4, 2021 11:11 pm

Ignore the red arrow, this is from a real estate advert

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This is Rosedale.

They have learnt absolutely NOTHING from the bush fires..

The asking price for that property is around $AU 1.2 Million

https://www.realestate.com.au/property/71-yowani-rd-rosedale-nsw-2536

Mr.
Reply to  fred250
February 4, 2021 11:14 pm

They’re all waiting for that sea level to rise up their patios.
Shouldn’t be long now>

fred250
Reply to  Mr.
February 4, 2021 11:20 pm

I used to go down the south coast of NSW regularly when I worked in Canberra.

It truly is a beautiful place. 🙂

Batemans Bay, Moruya, Eden, Bega Valley

But also an extreme fire hazard in summer.

I remember driving down the road from Canberra to Batemans on a very hot day.

I could actually see the shimmer of eucalytus oil around the trees

… and the smell was absolutely magnificent !

Mr.
Reply to  fred250
February 5, 2021 8:23 am

Fred if you had Greta along for the trip she could have seen all that 410ppm CO2 shimmering in the air too 🤣

fred250
Reply to  Mr.
February 4, 2021 11:28 pm

Safe where I am in Dubbo !

… but moving soon to the Anna Bay area.

Even there, sea level rise will not concern me 😉

(search Anna Bay NSW pics) It’s tough !

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Megs
Reply to  fred250
February 7, 2021 3:01 am

Fred we live in Gulgong, I would hardly consider Dubbo ‘safe’ in regard to fires. The fire at Dunedoo not too far from you, in 2017 was extensive, in its area and the damage done.

Anna Bay is spectacular, very nice and lucky you! Getting back to bushfires, and something for Loydo to consider, we had four fires last summer, all less than 5 kilometres from our property. All needed the fire brigade and were fortunately brought under control early in the piece.

These fires were all caused by careless humans. Two lit, flicked cigarette butts, one fencing welder and a camp fire that wasn’t properly extinguished.

100% caused by humans Loydo.

Derg
Reply to  fred250
February 5, 2021 9:58 am

Won’t it be underwater in a few years 😜

Climate believer
February 4, 2021 11:21 pm

Sorry, but if this guy thinks reducing co² would have saved his house, he’s a fool.

In 1939 when co² was at 310 ppm, 25% less than today, Australia had one of it’s worst fire seasons in modern history.

Control the fuel loads, or nature will do it for you.

KAT
Reply to  Climate believer
February 5, 2021 5:26 am

Captain Cook named the burning Smokey Point (NSW) during the 1770’s.
What was the dangerous CO2 ppm level then?

Mr.
Reply to  KAT
February 5, 2021 8:26 am

His log recorded fires burning all the way up the East Coast.
Not natives’ signal fires – big buggers.

Iain Reid
February 4, 2021 11:22 pm

Mr Egan wants Australia to do more, like stop using fossil fuels.

How does he expect the country to run without them, renewables are not capable of replacing coal or gas fired generators.

There is, I believe, a perception that wind and solar are a direct replacement for more conventional sources of electricity but that is not so. Intermittency apart, they can’t load follow so something else has to be used to balance demand and supply, nuclear, if they have any is the same. And, no, batteries are not an answer, the capacity required is far too great. They can be used to support frequency for a short duration but that is only to allow conventional generation to catch up.

Asynchronous (unable to support frequency) and non inertial generation from wind and solar is not what a stable grid needs, and an unstable grid brings power cuts as a certain part of Australia is familiar with.

Greg
February 5, 2021 12:22 am

If he was seriously interested in reducing bush fires he volunteer for controlled burning with the local fire fighters. One of the reasons for the duration of last years fires was the lack of personnel to do preventive measures like controlled burning.

But of course he is not really interested in reducing fire risk because he is fighting for “the cause”. Dig a little further you may find out he is part of a local eco group which opposes preventive burn offs and has a “save the koalas” sticker on his car too.

I’m very sorry for his loss but he needs to look closer to home rather than blaming the rest of the planet for his house getting burnt down.

Clarky of Oz
February 5, 2021 12:31 am

Typical whinge. Large “fossil” fuel burning SUV. corrugated iron roofing made with coal no doubt. Highly combustible trees surrounding his once green paradise. Wants his cake and wants to eat it too. I feel for his loss but for the life of me I can’t feel for his political rebirth. A lot of aussie media is showing the regrowth of the Australian bush, particularly Kangaroo Island, where the scrub has regrown once more and the animals are moving back in. It will happen again and again and again.

Greg
February 5, 2021 12:55 am

I’ve just looked at the linked ABC article. His house was totally surrounded by trees, mere FEET from the “pile of rubble which was once his home”. Eucaliptus trees everywhere in the film.

Also, it’s not just a bumper sticker but great bolt-on “climate change” panel on top of his big fat station wagon.

He had the right gear; he had a plan and he had been through RFS training before.

Apparently the “plan” and RFS training did not include removing trees with branches over hanging his ficking roof.

So he was fully aware of the risk and did nothing about because he was an enviro. Probably opposed to chopping down trees. Now he’s out to blame the rest of the world for his own stupidity and lack of responsibility.

I retract the sorrow I earlier express for his loss. Well deserved, now butt out of telling me what energy to use.

Jeez, what a oxymoron.

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Greg
Reply to  Greg
February 5, 2021 12:57 am

“And the domestic hoses were unreachable because of the heat of the house burning next door — next door went up a like a torch.”

Hey, great planning. Didn’t your RFS training explain that a bush fire may affect neighbouring properties too?

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Waza
Reply to  Greg
February 5, 2021 3:06 am

Greg
Planning law in Australia gives exemptions to remove vegetation within in 2m of homes in normal zones.
This is extended to 10m for trees and 30m for vegetation in bushfire zones.

Mr.
Reply to  Waza
February 5, 2021 8:47 am

When I completed the BAL (bushfire attack level) assessment for my place, all was satisfactory except for a copse of about 6 mature stringy barks about 40 ft downhill from my back (wooden) deck.

Very soon afterwards there was a unique wind storm (designated “D8” I believe) that brought down all these trees and piled them up in the far corner of the paddock 600 metres from the house.
Firewood for 2 years right there.

What the local Council didn’t know about wouldn’t hurt them I figured. And there were no greenies living anywhere in our part of the countryside.

mwhite
Reply to  mwhite
February 5, 2021 1:15 am
ozspeaksup
February 5, 2021 3:02 am

yup surrounded by bloody eucy, and i wonder if hes not rebuilt cos he didnt insure?
hed be doing a whole lot more good if hed stayed in aged care but then..covid was prob a bigger inducement to leave than the climate was
betcha the oldies didnt wanna hear his CCwarrior woes either though;-))

Lrp
Reply to  ozspeaksup
February 5, 2021 10:06 am

Working in age care is hard, climate warrior is easy.

Clive
February 5, 2021 3:02 am

This article thoroughly demolishes the claims that climate change causes bush fires.
https://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2020/04/bushfires-climate-change-and-logic/

fred250
February 5, 2021 3:26 am

Where are the klimate klowns blaming the near total absence of major bush-fires this summer on “climate change”

Been several fires.. measured mainly in small numbers of hectares

If it causes one, it must cause the other.

So where are the headlines..

2020/2021 Bush-fire season

“Climate Change causes LACK of major bush-fires.”

LdB
February 5, 2021 4:22 am

In a related story an Australian man complained there wasn’t free beer available at the local pub.

Stephen Skinner
February 5, 2021 5:19 am

There are about 70 trees and shrubs native to Australia that are fire resistant. There are 39 plants native to Australia that are fire resistant. Some trees or shrubs will only germinate after being scorched by fire. The Eucalyptus tree is not fire resistant and will burn furiously but this is a biological strategy of this tree because competition is burned out while the Eucalyptus grows back quickly. Australia has both types in abundance. The Eucalyptus tree is a problem when introduced into a country as a non native and if left to grow wild. Portugal has a problem with Eucalyptus as this tree has spread like a weed and it makes forest fires there more ferocious thereby ensuring the Eucalyptus spreads further as it eliminates competition with fire. There are attempts to replace the Eucalyptus with the native cork tree as the latter has a fire resistant bark: Cork.
For trees and plants to be adapted to fire, or in the case of the Eucalyptus to actually use fire to thrive, indicates quite clearly that nature has adapted to fire over many many millennia or rather fire has been a feature of nature for ever. The Australian Aboriginals have been in Australia for at least 50,000 years and they practice land management using fire. So we have an Aboriginal using land management experience acquired over 50,000 years and then we have someone of European descent drawing on ideas created in the last 50 years. Of the two, who is the best person to consult on why the last season of fires was (perhaps) particularly ferocious?

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mikee
Reply to  Stephen Skinner
February 6, 2021 12:37 am

There is a reason why the Blue Mountains are so named. With the right temperature and humidity, one flash and you’re ash! The gasses given off by eucalyptus vegetation create a very volatile fuel/air mixture that have explosive properties in the right atmospheric conditions.

Richard M
February 5, 2021 5:35 am

I’d like to see someone ask this fool to explain this experiment.

https://www.scirp.org/journal/paperinformation.aspx?paperid=99608

The results of our study show the near-identical heating curves when we change from air to 100% CO2″

Of course, he would just babble about consensus because his mind has already been completely brainwashed.

Stephen Skinner
Reply to  Richard M
February 5, 2021 5:54 am

And CO2 is used in fire extinguishers and as a refrigerant.

fred250
Reply to  Richard M
February 5, 2021 1:23 pm

Maybe you haven’t understood his conclusions. ?

He has effectively PROVEN that the fantasy of CO2 “back-radiation” causing warming, is just that…..

….. A complete and utter fantasy.

ResourceGuy
February 5, 2021 5:37 am

Just pave it over with asphalt parking lots like in the US and reclassify it as insignificant UHI, everyone is doing it.

D Boss
February 5, 2021 6:00 am

See Tony Heller’s post with historical records:

https://realclimatescience.com/2021/02/this-week-in-climate-history/

He starts his short presentation with an article from 1857, Argus newspaper – detailing Australia’s “Black Thursday”.

In short an extremely devastating and widespread wildfire catastrophe occurred in Australia over 160 years ago. Well before CO2 could be blamed for such natural destruction.

But alas now there is going to be a “ministry of truth” so we won’t be able to publish accurate historical data anymore….

https://www.wsj.com/articles/liberalisms-ministry-of-truth-11612395404

Craig from Oz
February 5, 2021 6:08 am

The majority of the bush fires in 2020 were in the Eastern States, but here in South Oz there were major fires on the western end of Kangaroo Island – mainly because a significant part of the western end of Kangaroo Island is a massive national park with zero fire management.

Slap in the middle of KI is a small town that was evacuated several times as the fire and fire fighting efforts peaked and fell. Talk to the locals and the story was ‘they were so lucky’.

Except… no.

I was there in July last for a brief holiday and spent a bit of time in this ‘lucky’ town. There was thick dense dry brush nearly three metres high within a child’s stone throw from some houses. We are not talking a few bushes, this was like a box hedge had been allowed to run untrimmed for years and then died. A massive wall of wood with pre-placed air gaps to allow free oxygen to spread just screaming BURN ME.

Now I don’t want to see anyone have their homes destroyed and fire related deaths are a horrible tragedy, but their is tragedy and there is taking responsibility for your immediate environment.

Kevin kilty
February 5, 2021 6:55 am

Self interest paralyzes critical thinking, reason, and makes one’s personal concerns over-ride all other interests. Remember that if business people complain about being burned out in a peaceful protest their concerns are swept aside with the demand to “make an insurance claim.”

Gordon A. Dressler
February 5, 2021 7:07 am

Jack Egan is NOT advocating for the most straightforward solution to preventing future bushfires in Australia: clearcutting all trees and underbrush throughout the whole country and either burning or exporting that “offensive” material to get it out of the county.

A clear case of not being able to see the fuel because of the trees.

MarkW
February 5, 2021 8:11 am

But there is no firm evidence climate change is making Aussie bushfires worse.

There is no evidence whatsoever. Firm or otherwise.

Andy Pattullo
February 5, 2021 8:25 am

Very sad to have lost his house. Also sad to have been taken in by propaganda dressed as science so that one attributes a great loss to the wrong cause. Imaging trying to either clear the land and make property loss less likely, or fight the fires that threaten your life and property without fossil fuels. Imagine trying to rebuild without cheap reliable energy. Imagine rebuilding, clearing the trees, and taking up residence again only to have your house burn down when you recharging Tesla lights up.

MarkW
February 5, 2021 11:36 am

Speaking of cognitive dissonance:

LA DA argues that it’s immoral to hold those under 18 to the full consequences of their crimes, since their cognitive abilities aren’t fully developed.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/california-double-murder-parole-prosecutors

On the other hand, another Democrat finds it incomprehensible that dropping the voting age to 16 is considered controversial.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/pressley-kendi-voting-age-16

james Fosser
February 5, 2021 1:52 pm

Many people here Australia insist on living in exactly those places where bushfires occur and then expect others to come straight away to save them when the inevitable happens (and the rescuers arrive in fossil fuelled vehicles). After their homes burn down they are back almost immediately to rebuild in the exact same places.

February 5, 2021 2:28 pm

There’s an irony about this sort of thing. Tree-changers as we call them are often greens. They build a house in the bush surrounded by eucalypts, and rejoice in the lush bushland. They don’t seem to understand that the Australian bush is made to be burned, and that the eucalypts use fire for propagation.

So every dry summer some tree-changers get their houses burned and they wail about climate change.

The Federation Drought between 1896 and 1903 was very similar to last year’s fire season. The same areas burned. But if you look at Longstaff’s painting “Gippsland, Sunday night, February 20th, 1898” you’ll see the understory is well cleared. They knew what eucalyptus forest was like, yet even with the clearing the fires were so intense that ships at sea couldn’t see where they were going due to the smoke from the bushfires.
Maybe Mr Egan can explain to us how the Federation Drought could’ve happened when pCO2 was less than 300 ppmV?

Last edited 20 days ago by Bruce of Newcastle
BobM
February 5, 2021 2:37 pm

It was, in the words of one state premier, “the most devastating natural disaster in living memory.”

And that is exactly what the problem is, thinking “in living memory” is indicative of anything concerning Earth’s climate. Where did these folks get “educated”? It appears all they “know” is what they, or acquaintances experience in their local part of the world, or what the MSM, or enviro-groups tell them regarding places they can’t imagine or visit such as the Arctic and Antarctic. No clue to the past. No history, no geology, no interest in how the world works? Just what happened this week, last year, in their lifetime? No wonder we have leaders who are Bill McKibben stupid…

liberator
February 5, 2021 8:50 pm

But if we do more about climate change, reduce CO2, build more wind and solar intermittent power generators, add more batteries, shut down the coal and gas fired power stations. He’ll see a reduction in insurance, less plant growth and a huge increase in value of his house. No risk what-so ever again of huge bush fires where he lives. Because we all know they are caused by increases of atmospheric CO2 and we never had bush fires when CO2 levels were <300ppm. Believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell…

Hivemind
February 5, 2021 9:10 pm

“Aussie Bushfire Survivor Complains”

The correct Australian term is “whines“.

fred250
Reply to  Hivemind
February 5, 2021 10:56 pm

“whinges..”

Yackman
February 6, 2021 12:31 am

We live in a rural area in SE Australia (NE Victoria specifically). Our strategy is no eucalypts within 100 metres of the house and wet garden around the house. All eucalypts on the North to NW quarter have been removed and the area planted as an orchard. We have a Dam, a 6.5 HP fire pump and 90,000 Imp Gallons of fresh water stored with a second Fire Pump. Even with this we are only moderately safe. The only factor we can manage is fuel.

ResourceGuy
February 6, 2021 11:18 am

Do you take cash, checks, or bitcoin?

JCalvertN(UK)
February 7, 2021 8:20 am

He thinks he’s “green” but he lives out in the middle of a forest.

That’s not green.

Unless he’s a farmer, or otherwise producing off the land, it would be much “greener” for him to move back to the city.

Last edited 18 days ago by JCalvertN(UK)
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