I wish I could be as relaxed about climate change as Tony Abbott. He’s told us that climate change science “is absolute crap!”.
He’d know…THE MAN above has probably whispered in his ear:
“Hey Tony! Don’t listen to those four-eyed geeks…I’m bringing down this screwy weather on all the sinners…nothing to do with carbon and pollution and the heating of the oceans. It’s all me matey. I’ll let you know when it’s time to build an ark”.
News Ltd poster boy Andrew Bolt also seems pretty relaxed about climate change…he enjoys poking fun at Al Gore, whipping up conspiracies, listing previous floods…forgetting of course that these floods are all post-industrial revolution and the poisoning of our atmosphere by way of coal & other fossil foolish stuff.
But then, Andrew also has direct contact with THE MAN…well, at least that other MAN, Rupert Murdoch.
And he also would know…as Tom Paine pointed out in 2010 in his article, Rupert Murdoch demonstrates mental incontinence over climate change:
News Corp. announced its plan in May 2007 with a groundbreaking speech from Chairman Rupert Murdoch. “Climate change poses clear, catastrophic threats,” declared Murdoch. “We may not agree on the extent, but we certainly can’t afford the risk of inaction.” Formerly skeptical about global warming, Murdoch was reportedly converted by a presentation from Al Gore—whom Fox News commentators have described as “nuts” and “off his lithium”—and by his green-leaning son James, who is expected to inherit his business empire. But Murdoch wasn’t acting out of altruism. For News Corp., he said, the move was “simply good business.” (Fox News barely mentioned the boss’s remarks.)
Hmmm…so should I be worried about climate change or not? Is this part of the usual state of affairs when it comes to our volatile, rumbling, erupting, flatulence producing, one moment dry as a witch’s tit, the next wet as a newborn’s nappy, “guess what surprise I’ve got for you today honeys?” beloved Mother Earth?
Or are the recent spate of natural disasters something almost unprecedented? Has our pollution choked, raped, exploited, sh*t on from a great height by billions of humans & their farting livestock, carbon suffocated Gaia just about had its fill?…
and consequently desperate action needs to be taken by one & all…including our too oft piss-weak, fossil fool puppet governments so we don’t all end up as shrivelled mummies, melted splodges on the footpaths, swimming the panic butterfly in WaterWorld, or looking like a cryogenics experiment…convenient frozen snacks for future visitors.
Is this present kooky weather caused by we fossil fuel addicted humans running around like bats outa hell as we compete with the nextdoor & overseas neighbours to own more, look slicker, drive faster, hear & see more, cool down & heat up quicker, travel more?…
whilst giving one thumb down to fossil fuel, automobile, airline, air-conditioning, general electric appliance industries due to their contribution to the choking environment…but oddly, like split personality prosperity evangelists, we hold up to the same industries the other thumb & right big toe as a sign of approval that “We really dig yer stuff” (add smiley face).
Seems like madness I tell ya…madness.
But ya know, upon reflection, we’re a a bunch known for taking risks…putting the rational thinking aside and heeding the words & advice of the profiteering gung-hoers & deniers of tragedy (Cassandras?) & Luddites & loopy religious pontificators who have done contortionist acts for thousand of years in order to preserve the privileges of them, or their bosses…to prove themselves right.
Why would we stop now?
When ya think about the cost of putting a price on carbon, putting in place a National Disaster Fund, energy efficiency devices in yer homes & businesses…it seems like a great deal of effort and cost for a “maybe”.
I mean, what a waste of time & money it’s been putting seatbelts in cars…and dealing with that pesky Ozone layer…and putting locks on our doors…and pursuing those who put toxins in our foods & cigarettes.
And funding lights for our lanes, parks…even roads & highways & automobiles. Surely people can drive in the dark?
As for asbestos, well Tony Abbott can give you feedback on that issue. I think he commented on the suffering Bernie Banton once or twice.
Frankly, why would I let the floods in Queensland, Victoria, Brazil, Europe, the UK (did ya see those centuries old bridges crack & crash into the roaring waters?…great live images), a huge area of Pakistan , China, and gawd knows how many other places in recent years, worry me?
Or the bushfires in Western Australia, Victoria, California, Russia…you name it…
Not when I’ve got my dry couch…and reassuring Bolt blog.
As for all these cyclones? As long as it wasn’t me… right?
Anyway, I’m waiting for a twister so I can play Dorothy.
Katrina? Blaah…what kind of name is that? Yasi’s even worse. Give me Dorothy any day.
Hmmm…but now my hearts beating rapidly again…everytime I think about this summer. And next.
I wish I could be as relaxed as Tony & Bolta.
But unfortunately, I can’t hear THE MAN.
I don’t reckon those 50 thousand Russians who died in raging fires & heatwaves in their summer last year could either…and if they could?…they sure can’t now.
What me worry?