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Monday, 13 January 2020 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Devastating Bushfires in Australia and other extreme weather events as a consequence of Climate Change (debate)
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  Robert Rowland (NI). – Madam President, the tragic and horrific bushfires in Australia have once again been hijacked by the extreme eco—evangelists, who ascribe every natural disaster to anthropogenic climate change. This lazy, convenient narrative grossly oversimplifies bushfires, whose causes are as complex as their occurrence is predictable.

In reality, the proximate causes are other man-made factors, like human ignition and Byzantine government regulations made under pressure from the green zealots, such as the failure to perform prescribed burns, controlled felling and the removal of invasive grasses that act as fuel. The climate fearmongers dishonestly claim that Australia has experienced steadily worse droughts. This is nonsense. The data shows that the 1920s and 1930s experienced worse droughts and heat.

So, yet again, I feel compelled to dispel the myth that this is caused by man-made global warming. In reality, the policies of a misguided green ideology are the real culprits and we have made what would normally be big fires into hellish conflagrations. So stop using this devastating tragedy to promote your extreme, overtly political environmental agenda of radical change to our economic system that won’t budge the global thermostat.

(Applause from certain quarters)

(The speaker agreed to take a blue-card question under Rule 171(8))

 
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