“Australia is on fire,” tweeted teenage climate evangelist Greta Thunberg, decrying the lack of “political action [to combat] the climate crisis.”
“Australia is committing climate suicide,” ran the headline in the New York Times.
Australia through the past two decades of escalating fire crises and it’s not climate change that has caused the disaster, but the criminal negligence of governments that have locked up vast tracts of land as national parks, yet failed to spend the money needed to control ground fuel and maintain fire trails.
Instead, they bowed to an ideology that obstructs necessary hazard reduction and prevents landowners from clearing vegetation around their own properties.
If ground fuel is reduced in a scientific, systematic fashion every year, fire intensity is reduced to a manageable level, no matter what the weather conditions. A quadrupling of ground fuel means a 13-fold increase in the heat generated by a fire. Hazard reduction won’t prevent fire but it will reduce its intensity so that it can be controlled.
The only practical way to prevent unmanageable fires is to reduce the one variable we control: ground fuel.
For more than 20 years, Australia’s Greens party has infiltrated government bureaucracies that have obstructed the hazard reduction that experts recommend.
Despite their attempts to rewrite history, submissions to bushfire inquiries from as far back as 1992 are evidence of green opposition to hazard-reduction burning as a threat to “biodiversity,” and their urging that resources be spent instead on water-bombing helicopters, as well as on the amorphous task of stopping climate change.