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Australian MP Craig Kelly Is Right – Bushfires Not Caused By Climate Change

by | Jan 17, 2020 |

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Good Morning Britain interview is the real disgrace – 
The British television network ITV should apologize for their disgraceful January 6th interview of Craig Kelly, Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives (Hughes, New South Wales). Following accusations from ITV Good Morning Britain weather reporter Laura Tobin that Kelly was a “climate denier,” a common tactic used by activists when presented with real-world data that does not conform to the global warming narrative, host Piers Morgan concluded the interview:

“I gotta say, wake up. Wake up! Climate change and global warming are real! And Australia right now is showing the entire world just how devastating it is. And, for senior politicians in Australia to still pretend there’s no connection is absolutely disgraceful.”

Besides the fact that Kelly was not denying global warming, what he said was generally right. Climate change did not cause the Australian bushfires. 
Kelly correctly identified a major cause of the fire problem as the failure of governments to properly clear out the underbrush that, left to accumulate over years, acts as a tinder box for bushfires.
Kelly told Good Morning Britain:

“Now, we have record fuel loads on the ground, that’s the bush that accumulates over the years, and every single royal commission we have had from our past bushfires have said that we have to reduce those fuel loads. And that is the main issue. And yet we have failed to do so. Just one example: the Royal Commission in 2009 called for a minimum burning of 5% of that state’s forest in Victoria. That would amount, over the past two years of something like 770,000 hectares that should have been back burned and the actual number was something only about 200,000. We have a record amount of fuel load and that’s … [interrupted by Piers Morgan].”

Surrey, British Columbia-based forest microclimate specialist, Rob Scagel, agrees with Kelly, saying, “Fuel load rules. Spending resources and intellectual capital on climate change considerations is as effective at mitigating bushfires as changing the colour of the paper used in reporting them.”
Later in the interview, Kelly pointed out that drought was also an important contributor to the bushfires but explained, 

“If you look at … the long-term rainfall records in Australia, there is simply no trend. As CO2 has increased there has been no trend. The first 20 years of this century, we’ve had more rainfall in Australia than the first 20 years of the last century. “

Kelly was correct again. Here is the graph of rainfall from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM). 

Tiffany Taylor, an associate policy analyst for The Heartland Institute, summarizes this issue well in the video that may be viewed here.
In her attack on Kelly, Tobin mistakenly brought up on the “driest year ever recorded” in 2019 as evidence of dangerous climate change. But her comment is meaningless due to shortness of the record and the fact that it takes 30 years of weather data to constitute a single climate data point. A record in one year, or even several, proves nothing about climate. Tobin also seems unaware that, according to the BOM, rainfall during the northern wet season has been considerably above average for the past two decades.
Watts Up With That, “The world’s most viewed site on global warming and climate change” reported on January 16:

“If global warming were to expand the tropical belt, pushing the Monsoon rains south, Australia would likely receive more rainfall overall, not less.”

So, Good Morning Britain strikes out again.
Arson apparently also plays a significant role in Australian bushfires. ABC (Australia) News reported in September 2019 that:

Dr Paul Read, co-director of the National Centre for Research in Bushfire and Arson, said the great majority of bushfires are deliberately lit by “cunning, furtive and versatile criminals”.

“About 85 per cent are related to human activity, 13 per cent confirmed arson and 37 per cent suspected arson,” he said.

“The remainder are usually due to reckless fire lighting or even just children playing with fire.”

And, of course, lightning strikes cause many fires. These strikes occur more frequently in areas where fires occur because of the type of clouds that form, cumulonimbus, and the precipitation they produce. Cumulonimbus are the only clouds that produce lightning.

In recent weeks, various other parties have also blamed the Australian bushfires on global warming supposedly caused by rising carbon dioxide (CO2) levels. But, as so often occurs in the climate change debate, they have their science backwards. 

Rising temperatures and increasing CO2 both act to increase soil moisture and so reduce the potential of fires. When temperatures rise, evaporation increases, causing more precipitation which increases soil moisture and so lessens fire risk. As CO2 rises, stomata, the pores in plant leaves, are open for shorter lengths of time. Plants therefore lose less water to the air and so more of it stays in the soil, again reducing fire potential.

Australia is facing a horror bush fire season this year which could bring the same consequences as the blazes tearing through the Amazon rainforest.


A closer look at the issue reveals that fire has benefits as well as risk. Indeed, it is an essential part of the natural cycle. Fire clears off dead debris as plants go through their lifecycle. There is a special area of botany called Fire Ecology that studies the role and importance of fire in ecosystems. In most ecologies, especially forests, many plants require fire to soften or open the seeds to start life, although the seed shell must survive the fire first.
One example of such a seed occurs in the vegetation of what is called a Mediterranean climate. California is an example of this type. It is a unique climate zone because 70% of the precipitation occurs in the winter. All other climate types have either 70% in summer or an even distribution throughout the year.
A Mediterranean climate results in a unique vegetation called Maquis in Europe and Chaparral in California. The annual climate cycle that makes this an area that requires fire to be healthy has a hot, dry, summer that shrivels the plant but the seeds survive. At the end of the summer, lightning occurs as rain clouds begin to form, and that triggers fires that burn off the plants but leave many of the seeds intact. Mudslides follow as the rainy season progresses. Fortunately, the seeds germinate quickly and stabilize the soil.
The natural cycle of forest fires creates what are called crown fires. They move through quickly, burning off dead debris but leaving most of the plants still alive. When governments decided to stop forest fires, they upset the natural dynamics completely. The bureaucracies, now populated by graduates of the biased environmental education system, willingly allowed the environmental extremists’ demands to end the former sensible practice of cleaning the undergrowth. Activists complained that such forest tending was not ‘natural,’ when it was, in fact, a reasonable facsimile of ‘nature’. So, the debris built up, leaving the forest a tinder box ready to ignite. 
Kelly sensibly concluded on Good Morning Britain: 

“To … hijack this [the Australian bushfire] debate and exploit this tragedy to push their [politicians’] ideological barrow that, somehow or other, the Australian government could have done something by reducing its carbon emissions that would have reduced these bushfires is just complete nonsense.” 

This is, of course, true but, sadly, senior Australian government MPs have distanced themselves from Kelly’s remarks. According to The Guardian newspaper of the U.K., Australian Minister for Water Resources, David Littleproud, criticized Kelly’s comments as a “sideshow.” Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said, “Our view of climate change is that it’s real. We accept the science.” 
If the Australian government really accepted the science, then they should be boosting Kelly’s remarks and encouraging him to loudly contest more know-nothing climate alarmist news media.
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Tom Harris is Executive Director of the Ottawa, Canada-based International Climate Science Coalition, and a policy advisor to The Heartland Institute. He has 40 years experience as a mechanical engineer/project manager, science and technology communications professional, technical trainer, and S&T advisor to a former Opposition Senior Environment Critic in Canada’s Parliament.

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Colleen Coles
Colleen Coles
1 year ago

At last someone who is speaking the truth and not trying to brainwash the publuc

Annie Banfield
Annie Banfield
1 year ago

Craig Kelly is one of a few MPs prepared to speak out against climate change fanaticism and the Prime Ministers Office is trying to shut them down. Scott Morrison is being swamped by climate catastrophic attacks from the Left who have used this tragedy to ramp up their agenda. He should be supporting these MPs not trying to muzzle them.

Dave James
Dave James
Reply to  Annie Banfield
1 year ago

Science is not concern with our political differences. There is no “Left” climate science and no “Right” climate science. The physical properties of greenhouse gases and other drivers of climate change don’t depend on our political beliefs. The scientific evidence of human-caused climate change is both robust and compelling. (Source Canada’s Change Climate Report, 2019, Chapter 2: Understanding Observed Global Climate Change)

Lachlan McOmish
Lachlan McOmish
1 year ago

Look I live right in the heart of a State forest with Floor loads five times that considered highly dangerous. The houses were here long before the forests which have grown up in the last fifty years.
Global warming has played a very limited role. Why? Because when a green branch breaks off a tree it will dry slightly faster in a warmer climate. But leave a green branch on the ground for forty years and it is as dry as it can theoretically get.
The part of a Eucalyptus tree that burns is the waste on the floor and if the flames get high enough the oil filled leaves. Cleared forests have low fires. The lower bark a lates and the flame heights are minimal. Stack 10 feet of dry load around the tree and leave it for 40 years and it goes up like a bomb

Dave James
Dave James
1 year ago

Tom Harris rejects the scientific evidence of human-caused climate change and pushes false and conflicting political conspiracy theories. For example: Mr. Harris blames Al Gore for “the dangerous mythology of dangerous manmade global warming.” (Source “HOW AL GORE BUILT THE GLOBAL WARMING FRAUD” Oct 19, 2018, The Heartland Institute) However, Mr. Harris also claims “man-made carbon dioxide causing global warming” was a “myth” created by Maurice Strong. (Source “$312 Billion: Green Energy Makes Ontario the Most Debt-Ridden Province on Earth” by Dr. Tim Ball and Tom Harris, Jun 18, 2018, PJ Media)
Mr. Harris truncates a quote by Dr. Paul Read to fit his agenda. Dr. Paul Read, an ecological criminologist and sustainability scientist from Melbourne’s Monash university, and co-director of Australia’s National Centre for Research in Bushfire and Arson said, “We know 85 [to 87] percent of ignition is human related; fuel can be controlled as the Australian Aborigines used to do using firestick technology; but the main effect for the sheer size and seasonality of these fires is climate change.” (Source “The ‘arson emergency’ trending amid Australia’s bushfire crisis is actually not a thing” by BY CAITLIN WELSH, Jan 8, 2020, Mashable)
Dr. Read also wrote, “Despite resistance from people who become enraged at the very mention of climate or Greta Thunberg, these fires are unprecedented in Australian history and the reasons have all the hallmarks of climate change…
The scale of these fires are not, as claimed by Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, due to ‘dry lighting strikes, self-combusting manure’ or child firelighters ‘running around like Little Lucifers’. These are all ignition sources, but there are no good reasons for arson to increase much above last year and dry lightning itself is a consequence, not an initial cause, of a large megafire. Ignition cannot predict fire size. What can predict size is climate as well as fuel. Into the mix, the Prime Minister has thrown a 12-fold increase in funding for fuel reduction burns in order to bait and switch us on the issue of climate change. Effort on all fronts are needed. What he doesn’t want to do is have to admit anything that threatens one of our biggest exports – coal. This would admit his own government’s culpability as well as theirs.” (Source “EXPERT REACTION: Australian bushfires” (Source Dr. Paul Read, Jan 7, 2020, scimex)

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Dave James
Dave James
Reply to  Tom Harris
1 year ago

Tom Harris is mistaken. His credibility is determined by his comments not mine. Mr. Harris is being less than honest. He has never address my criticisms of this opinion piece any where else. Mr. Harris does not like to debate the content of his opinion pieces. Open and honest discussion is cannot help his agenda.
Mr. Harris’ opinion pieces show he is a pro-coal activist:
“Trump right to try to end the WAR ON COAL” Dr. Jay Lehr & Tom Harris, Apr 16, 2019, America Out Loud,
“Time to end the war on coal” Dr. Jay Lehr & Tom Harris, May 14, 2019, Citizens Journal,
“Clean coal for the future” Tom Harris, Feb 9, 2018, Idaho Press,
“Coal key to national security strategy” Tom Harris, Jan 13, 2018, The Spectrum,
“Climate scare must be debunked for coal to recover” Tom Harris, Jan 2, 2018, Superior Telegram,
“Harris: Coal has many uses” Tom Harris, Sep 3, 2018, Casper Star Tribune

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