Oh, look: For some reason, Barack Obama felt the need to chime in with this dumb, er, nonsensical, er, “progressive” talking point:
The Australian police have arrested two hundred folks for arson https://t.co/wzrBjy2DhR
— Jim Hanson (@JimHansonDC) January 13, 2020
….The current round of blazes started late last year. It has charred at least 15 million acres and killed more than two dozen Australians, including brave volunteer firefighters who rush into the inferno to save homes and lives.
The climate-change narrative grossly oversimplifies bush fires, whose causes are as complex as their recurrence is predictable….
Byzantine environmental restrictions prevent landholders from clearing scrub, brush and trees. State governments don’t do their part to reduce the fuel load in parks. Last November a former fire chief in Victoria slammed that state’s “minimalist approach” to hazard-reduction burning in the off-season. That complaint is heard across the country.
As for the proximate cause, anything from a lightning strike to a spark from a power tool to arson can touch off a conflagration. More than 180 people have been arrested for allegedly starting blazes since the start of the current bush-fire season.
Yet the narrative that has been built around the fires and broadcast around the world points the finger only at man-made climate change—and specifically at Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Activists insist that if his government had an effective “climate policy,” it would somehow help snuff out the flames. Never mind that Australia emits only around 1/77th of the world’s man-made carbon dioxide. The country’s complete deindustrialization wouldn’t budge the global thermostat….
The climate blame game is driven in large part by an Australian left still smarting from its election loss last May, when the smart money had it that Mr. Morrison would be shown the door in favor of a progressive government led by the Labor Party.
Like Brexit, Donald Trump and Boris Johnson, Mr. Morrison was not supposed to win according to the chattering classes—the “luvvie left” as they’re known in Australia. A socially conservative churchgoing Christian and father of two who presents as a slightly goofy suburban everyman—a “daggy dad,” as they say—Mr. Morrison won over the country….