That’s my advice to Australians, after reading his guest post at WUWT. Deprive him of the right to serve as a member of parliament.
Australia has just suffered a devastating heat wave accompanied by devastating wildfires. According to the Bureau of Meteorology’s Special Climate Statement 43
… the current heatwave event extends a four month spell of record hot conditions affecting Australia. These hot conditions have been exacerbated by very dry conditions affecting much of Australia since mid 2012 and a delayed start to a weak Australian monsoon.
One of the most moving stories is of grandparents who protected their five grandchildren when “tornadoes of fire” surrounded them. First they took refuge on the jetty, but when that caught fire they took the grandkids into the sea. Fortunately, all of them survived the conflagration. The drama, like the heat, was palpable.
The danger and destruction to Australia is undeniable. The contribution of global warming is clear. The truly frightening fact, that as global warming gets worse the danger and destruction will also, calls for leadership with the honesty and courage to make difficult choices in difficult circumstance, to place tomorrow’s safety above today’s convenience.
The Bureau of Meteorology summarized the situation by giving the record high temperature, and the temperature for each day of the heat wave (so far), for Australia as a whole and for each of its territories. There’s only one instance of a day breaking the all-time high, on Jan. 7th. It’s not for Sydney, not for New South Wales, not for any limited region or specific location. It’s the average for the entire country:
How did Craig Kelly respond? By harping on the fact that the Jan. 7th temperature in Sydney wasn’t as hot as it was in 1790 — according to what can only be regarded as questionable data, subject to no quality control.
Kelly should have looked at the data from the Bureau of Meteorology. We already knew that Jan. 7th wasn’t the hottest day on record in Sydney.
This is how deniers deny. When the whole country sets a new high temperature record, talk about one single location. Craig Kelly might be content to bury his head in the sand. I’m not. Australians shouldn’t be either.