Green policies have many negative consequences. Sometimes they even kill people-lots of them.
The forest fires still ravaging rural Victoria follow a pattern also seen in California.
As environmentalists stop intelligent tree felling and scrub clearage, forest fires, once started are very difficult to contain.
NBR’s Nevil Gibson takes up this point in his latest Editor’s Insight
The fires have caused Australia’s biggest loss of lives in peacetime – yet could have been avoided.
While media coverage has naturally focused on the many acts of heroism and family tragedies, some eyewitnesses and commentators have drawn unsettling conclusions.
One cause has been the heavy influence of Green politics on local councils that forbade the cutting of trees and undergrowth – all great fuel for a bushfire.
The much-interviewed Dennis Spooner, who lost his wife and son to the fire, was bitter about this on TV One, but the point was passed over. Then I saw this report in Melbourne’s Age, which quotes Mr Spooner’s surviving son, Warwick, as saying: “We’ve lost two people in my family because you dickheads won’t cut trees down.
A similar point is made by David Packham, a bushfire scientist and researcher at Monash University, who accuses authorities of ignoring the warning signs about the buildup of “fuel” (dried vegetation) in favour of “shocking pseudo science from a few academics.”