Flimflam is probably worth the $180K/yr this government pays him for his part-time position. He’s an implacable liar. Absolutely relentless with his climate hysteria, audacious and unrepentant. Definitely delivering all that this government asks.
FIVE years ago, Climate Commissioner Tim Flannery predicted that the nation’s dams would never be full again and major Australian cities would need desalination plants to cater for our water needs.
Yesterday, in his latest report, he said “climate change cannot be ruled out” as a factor in recent flooding rains, which led to some of those dams overflowing.
The apparent contradiction accompanies predictions that heatwaves, made worse by concrete, asphalt and buildings, will cause deaths and violence in western Sydney.
And just weeks before the carbon tax is due to come into effect and drive up electricity prices by 10 per cent, Professor Flannery’s fellow commissioner Lesley Hughes said elderly people who cannot afford airconditioning were most at risk from the surge in temperatures.
Other claims in the report include that Sydney Airport will be flooded by a 1.1m sea level rise and catastrophic bushfires will happen more often.
Professor Flannery was quizzed at a press conference to launch the report yesterday on whether people would believe the latest round of predictions or if he thought some of his past predictions about rainfall and dams had been wrong.
“I’ve been really consistent with what I’ve said, which is that we’ve got a water problem in this country,” he said.
“It’s a land of drought and flooding rains. Just because we’ve had a few wet years doesn’t mean that the problem is solved.”
In 2007, he claimed Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane urgently needed desalination plants because rainfall levels were not enough to fill dams.
Despite recent floods, the commission says droughts and excess rains will persist with Australia’s south getting drier.
Professor Flannery blamed the GFC for any waning of public support for climate action but he believed people still felt strongly about the issue.