I was struck by a comparison of this week's flooding, South Australia's power failure, and the talk not even a year ago (15 Dec 2015) on "their" ABC: [update: link added]
Is drought the new normal for the once lush south-east of SA?
Yet here we are today with much of south east Australia in flood. It's a great pity they listened to climate "scientists", when the facts have been known almost from the beginning. Or, at least, since 1911 (from Dorothea Mackellar's My Country):
Core of my heart, my country!
Her pitiless blue sky,
When sick at heart, around us,
We see the cattle die -
But then the grey clouds gather,
And we can bless again
The drumming of an army,
The steady, soaking rain.
But regardless, on the ABC drones:
Climate change: droughts more severe and frequent
Hmmm.. I wonder. Here's what the Bureau of Meteorology has to say about it:
In other words, their ABC wrote a piece on climate change without going to the nearest source and asking the obvious question, an exercise that took me about five minutes.
Typical. But the thing that irritated me about this was the fact that I could find no quote from an actual climate "scientist" in the piece. Now the ABC website does not allow comments, so there was no obvious place to look for feedback from actual professional climatologists, but as far as I can find, no expert ever contradicted this article. But then they didn't contradict Tim Flannery when he said much the same in his official capacity as Julia Gillard's climate expert.
There is a pattern here, obvious to anyone who takes the time to look:
Alarmism is propagated with much noise and fanfare,
Experts do not disagree (plausible deniability),
When it all goes south, everything is quietly forgotten.
People who aren't aware of the trickery are left with the emotive effect of the panic, which is never defused by discovery of the truth.