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In Bob Brown’s universe if a cat has kittens then it is Climate Change

January 19, 2011

In Bob Brown’s universe if a cat has kittens then it is Climate Change

19 January 2011

If you were seeking any evidence that Senator Bob Brown of the Australian Greens is seriously unhinged then you need only look at his comments over the recent Queensland flooding.


According to Bob the blame for the flooding should fall directly upon the coal industry. Case closed, Bob Almighty has spoken and so it shall be done. His actual terms of reference was to merely blame the coal industry but to demand that the government impose a punitive tax on that industry in order to pay for rebuilding of areas devastated by the floods.

Here is an excerpt from the Australian Greens website:

The full tax on excess profits by the coal mining industry, as recommended by Treasury, should be imposed with half set aside for future natural catastrophes in Australia, Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Hobart today.

“It is unfair that the cost is put on all taxpayers, not the culprits,” Senator Brown said.

“Burning coal is a major cause of global warming. This industry, which is 75% owned outside Australia, should help pay the cost of the predicted more severe and more frequent floods, droughts and bushfires in coming decades. As well, 700,000 seaside properties in Australia face rising sea levels.”

Sunday 16th January 2011, 1:25pm



What was missing from Bob Brown’s utterances was any evidence that would even remotely link the floods in Queensland with human induced climate change. Instead we have unsubstantiated fear mongering in time of crisis.


Where the majority ownership of the coal is inside or outside of Australia is immaterial to question of climate change. Yet for some reason Bob Brown made it one of his key points of condemnation, (perhaps to pander to his gleeful leftwing constituents, who knows?). Cause and effect is the key issue and that is something Bob Brown cannot establish. Instead we are to take it as a matter of faith that he is right because he is ‘green’.

In response Liberal Senator Eric Abetz said, “Senator Brown’s comments expose the Greens and his leadership as shallow and cynical; willing to peddle political propaganda in the face of a natural disaster.”

Minerals Council of Australia deputy chief Brendan Pearson accused Senator Brown of “rank opportunism“. When referring to Bob’s 40% tax Brendan stated that, “there would be job losses across the state and projects shelved… This is exactly what Queensland does not need now.”


Macarthur Coal chairman Keith DeLacy added his condemnation saying, “They are highly insensitive in the context of the clean-up effort that is going on in Queensland.


“In 1893, the flood gauge on the Brisbane River reached 8.35m, so was the coal industry responsible for that as well?” Senator Barnaby Joyce has asked in an interview with The Australian newspaper.

Even the Queensland Labor Government has been critical of Bob Brown’s statement. Queensland’s Natural Resources Minister Stephen Robertson said “We need to take a sober look as to what occurred, particularly in terms of what the Bureau of Meteorology is telling us… But to go out there at this point in time and point the finger in particular directions is not good science and I don’t think the debate about climate change is particularly well served by those more emotional outbursts that we’ve been seeing by some individuals.”


However the most damning criticism came from the hydro-climatologist Associate Professor Stewart Franks. Who said that Bob Brown’s statement was so wrong that it actually made him sick.

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