Malthusian scaremongering

Hal Curwen-Walker, Castlemaine

I write in response to Patrick Hockey’s letter (‘Sad sideshow’, Opinions, August 21).
His reliance upon the Californian bushfires as purported evidence of climate change is, like so many scandalous and unfounded assertions by climate alarmists, not based in fact.
Total area destroyed globally by bushfire has decreased by approximately 50 per cent since 2008 and the trajectory is downwards.
Alarmists who persist in their refusal to allow facts to stand in the way of their socialist wealth distribution programs continue to resort to vague, sophistic and unsupported assertions like this and should be called out on it when they do.

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3 thoughts on “Malthusian scaremongering

  • August 29, 2018 at 9:11 am
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    I’m afraid I can find no trace of evidence for the claims made in this letter about a decline in bushfire frequency since 2008. In fact if anything countless sites refer to an observed increase in the frequency of fires. I’m happy to be enlightened but at present I can find nothing to support the letter writers claims.

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    • August 29, 2018 at 8:16 pm
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      Typical failure to comprehend simple language. I made no comment about “frequency”. I doubt you even looked as evidence is quite easy to find. Anyway here’s just one of many links:-
      http://ow.ly/lQb130lfxp9

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  • September 2, 2018 at 6:38 pm
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    Okay ‘scale’ if you prefer rather than frequency – thanks for the link. It was an interesting choice of reference.

    The statistic you cite doesn’t appear very widely as I have completely failed to find it and the link you provided is a European one. I can assure you I searched very widely. This was the first reference I found in the most recent reports from that link you have provided: “By early September 2017, wildfires have already burnt about 700,000 ha of land in the EU; hence this season will most likely be remembered as one of the most devastating wildfire seasons in Europe since records began.”

    (Arguing that climate change is some sort of socialist conspiracy is of course quite bizarre given that 195 countries signed up for emissions reductions in Paris last year but let’s set that aside for now.)

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