Does anyone seriously believe Tim Flannery anymore? With prediction after prediction he has made failing spectacularly, there would seem little reason to put any stock in anything he says. Remember eight stories of sea level rise, Perth becoming a ghost town, Adelaide running out of water, permanent drought and the Arctic ice cap disappearing in five years? Fortunately, crying wolf so often does tend to inspire some skepticism in some. The reception Flannery received in West Sydney recently is one example. The politicians are even starting to wake up. It is this alarmism that has destroyed a lot of the credibility that environmentalism once had. However, there are those who do take such claims seriously.
One young woman broke down in tears as she asked whether people had a future, and if not, how long they had.
I guess it is as Lincoln said; you can fool all of the people some of the time and can fool some of the people all of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.
The problem with a lot of Tim’s disaster scenarios is the timeframe he offered, often leaving the climate two years to fulfill his prophesies. Such apocalyptic outcomes in such a short space of time, I struggle to comprehend how anyone could believe that, even Flannery himself. Well, maybe he never did. Tim Blair identifies two who have spoken to Flannery about this, exposing his predisposition towards stretching the truth.
“He believes he needs to go over the top to counter-act the inaction by the federal government”…
“They’re just saying stuff like this because they’re desperately fumbling for new ways to grab the public’s attention.”
And, he’s still at it, now trying to reconcile observations with polar-opposite predictions.
Previously he forecast endless drought due to global warming. Now Tim Flannery believes flooding may also be due to global warming. His explanation:
“I’ve been really consistent with what I’ve said, which is that we’ve got a water problem in this country,” he said.
Of course, fellow “independent” climate commissioner, Will Steffen, has leapt to his defence.
Climate commissioner Will Steffen has called on critics to stop their “vicious” attacks against the body’s chief Tim Flannery and rejected suggestions the federal government-created commission is alarmist…
“We don’t use inflammatory language, we don’t overplay and we don’t underplay.”
Andrew Bolt nails this untruth by noting Steffen’s inability to distinguish kangaroos and people and Flannery’s knack for being wrong…badly.