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Slippery when wet – Tim Flannery’s climate warnings questioned after recent flooding May 20, 2012

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Slippery when wet – Tim Flannery’s climate warnings questioned after recent flooding

Daily Telegraph
May 15, 2012

FIVE years ago, Climate Commissioner Tim Flannery predicted that the nation’s dams would never be full again and major Australian cities would need desalination plants to cater for our water needs.

Yesterday, in his latest report, he said “climate change cannot be ruled out” as a factor in recent flooding rains, which led to some of those dams overflowing.

The apparent contradiction accompanies predictions that heatwaves, made worse by concrete, asphalt and buildings, will cause deaths and violence in western Sydney.

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Tim Blair blog
March 31, 2012

In Italy, a scientist is forced to quit over the matter of a few micro-seconds.

In Australia, a scientist is honoured when he’s out by millions of mega-litres


Weather forecasting is obviously not Professor Tim Flannery’s forte March 1, 2012

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Weather forecasting is obviously not Professor Tim Flannery’s forte

Daily Telegraph
March 01, 2012

METEOROLOGISTS suggested Climate Commissioner Tim Flannery leave weather forecasting to them as the big wet defies his prediction rain would become scarce.

In 2007 Professor Flannery said Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane were in urgent need of desalination plants.

Four years on, Warragamba Dam is on the verge of overflowing and Brisbane last year endured the worst flooding in almost four decades.

After yesterday discovering Professor Flannery is not a meteorologist, the Weather Channel’s meteorologists said it was probably best he left the forecasting to them.

Dam buster as Warragamba is full

“People ideally suited to that are meteorologists. From what I can see on Tim Flannery, meteorology wasn’t one of his specialties,” Weather Channel’s Dick Whitaker said.

A commission spokeswoman yesterday said Professor Flannery was in Germany, but said droughts were expected to become more frequent and “just because it is raining does not mean we should not think ahead and prepare for a drier future.”

Professor Flannery’s statements in 2007 came “in the midst of a record-breaking drought with dam levels perilously low,” she said.

Source: Daily Telegraph

Below, Tim Flannery February 2007 Landline Interview

A Tim Flannery Cartoon February 18, 2012

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A Tim Flannery cartoon

There is a hilariously funny cartoon by John Spooner from, The Age (Click here to View) . The Age is normally a warmist publication so it was quite a surprise to see it there.


Julia Gillard to Tim Flannery (top picture)
“Tim, sorry to drag you in like this. I’m not that upset that you were so wrong about water shortages now that we’re drowing in the stuff. And how were you to know that there would be no statistically significant increase in warming for the last 15 years of increasing CO2 emissions.”

Julia Gillard to Tim Flannery: (lower image)
“No! I want to know why I pay you 10 times what Bob Carter gets and he still wins the argument!”

The cartoon is in light of the recent Heartland leak. For our non-Australian visitors, the lady on the left-hand side is our Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and on the right is Australian Climate Commissioner Tim Flannery. Professor Bob Carter is one of Australia’s leading geologists and a climate realist.

Climate Commissioner Tim Flannery is very much a joke in Australia, he has a list of failed climate change predictions as long as my arm. He gets paid a taxpayer funded $180,000, three-day-a-week salary for his role as part-time chairman of the Australian Government’s Climate Commission.

There’s a saying that when Flannery tells you that your city is about to run out of  water, move to higher ground and invest in an umbrella company.

Also Construction of the Flannery Centre($7.5 million taxpayer funded sustainability shack), named after Tim Flannery who predicted ”the rain that falls isn’t actually going to fill our dams and river systems” in a permanently drier ”new climate”, has been again delayed. By rain.

With a record like this, why is Flannery Climate Commissioner? February 4, 2012

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With a record like this, why is Flannery Climate Commissioner?

Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun
February 3, 2012

Chief Climate Commissioner Tim Flannery in 2007:

…even the rain that falls isn’t actually going to fill our dams and river systems


Professor Ian Plimer is out of his depth…..says Tim Flannery! December 14, 2011

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Professor Ian Plimer is out of his depth…..says Tim Flannery!

14 December 2011

Oh dear, Tim Flannery on Australian TV (Channel 10, The Project) saying Professor Ian Plimer is “out of his depth” with regards to his skeptical views on man-made climate change. Hmmm let’s have a look at Tim Flannery’s failed climate predictions below and then tell me who is out of their depth!!!

In 2005, Flannery predicted Sydney’s dams could be dry in as little as two years because global warming was drying up the rains, leaving the city “facing extreme difficulties with water”.

Check Sydney’s dam levels today: 73 per cent. Hmm. Not a good start.

In 2008, Flannery said: “The water problem is so severe for Adelaide that it may run out of water by early 2009.”

Check Adelaide’s water storage levels today: 77 per cent.

In 2007, Flannery predicted cities such as Brisbane would never again have dam-filling rains, as global warming had caused “a 20 per cent decrease in rainfall in some areas” and made the soil too hot, “so even the rain that falls isn’t actually going to fill our dams and river systems … “.

Check the Murray-Darling system today: in flood. Check Brisbane’s dam levels: 100 per cent full.

For more of Flannery’s many failed predictions click here. If Flannery tells you that your city is about to run of our water, move to higher ground and invest in an umbrella company.

Professor Ian Plimer is the author of the excellent book “Heaven & Earth” as well as his new release “How to get Expelled from School

Damp prophet of doom August 27, 2011

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Damp prophet of doom

Quadrant Online, August 24, 2011

“The only way in a democracy that a country can come to terms with these issues is to have a well-educated populace, otherwise you keep on making the wrong decisions” said Professor Tim Flannery last week. As Australia’s Climate Change Commissioner, it’s his job to educate vox populi about anthropogenic global warming.

He was chosen for this $3,000 a week job for his expertise, his communication skills, and his track record in the competitive business of sounding alarms about the dire consequences of our “carbon polluting” ways. His alarms, he claims, are based on an anthropogenic global warming theory that has been confirmed by an overwhelming consensus of scientists to be ninety per cent probable – the implication being that there is only one chance in ten of him being wrong.

But how can his teachings and preaching ever be tested? Most of his apocalyptic prophesies are projected far enough into the future for him to be well and truly beyond accountability when they are proved right or wrong.

When it came to Australia’s rainfall, however, Flannery threw caution to the wind and declared that the apocalypse is now.

In 2004 Flannery said:

I think there is a fair chance Perth will be the 21st century’s first ghost metropolis. It’s whole primary production is in dire straits and the eastern states are only 30 years behind.

He warned that Australia, being so dry, is especially fragile in the face of climate change. We are “one of the most physically vulnerable people on the Earth,” and “southern Australia is going to be impacted very severely and very detrimentally by global climate change.” We are going to experience “conditions not seen in 40 million years.”

In 2005 he wrote in The Weather Makers:

Australia’s east coast is no stranger to drought, but the dry spell that began in 1998 is different from anything that has gone before….The cause of the decline of rainfall on Australia’s east coast is thought to be a climate-change double whammy – the loss of winter rainfall and the prolongation of El Nino-like conditions. 

The resulting water crisis here is potentially even more damaging than the one in the west … As of mid 2005 the situation remains critical… very little time to arrange alternative water sources such as large scale desalination plants.

Also in 2005, on ABC News Online, he predicted that the ongoing drought could leave Sydney’s dams dry in just two years.

In 2006 he said:

We’re already seeing the initial impacts and they include a decline in the winter rainfall zone across southern Australia, which is clearly an impact of climate change, but also a decrease in run-off. Although we’re getting say a 20 per cent decrease in rainfall in some areas of Australia, that’s translating to a 60 per cent decrease in the run-off into the dams and rivers. That’s because the soil is warmer because of global warming and the plants are under more stress and therefore using more moisture. So even the rain that falls isn’t actually going to fill our dams and our river systems, and that’s a real worry for the people in the bush. If that trend continues then I think we’re going to have serious problems, particularly for irrigation.

In January 2007 Flannery wrote:

What this tells us is that Australia’s extraordinary drought is part of a global phenomenon: it simply cannot be part of some local natural cycle. The one-in-1000-years drought is, in fact, Australia’s manifestation of the global fingerprint of drought caused by climate change.

There are other indications that climate change rather than natural variability lies behind this dry. Common sense tells us that, in a warming world the winter rainfall will retract southwards, which is precisely what we have seen over the past 50 years. Common sense also tells us that warming will lead to greater evaporation and loss of soil moisture, which again is just what we see in nature.

Furthermore, the computer models predict that as the Pacific Ocean warms, rainfall across eastern Australia will reduce until a semi-permanent el-Nino-like state is induced.

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Aynsley Kellow on Popular Nonsense in Perth October 13, 2008

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Aynsley Kellow on Popular Nonsense in Perth

Professor Aynsley Kellow

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From the Jennifer Marohasy Blog, October 13, 2008

A couple of weeks ago Aynsley Kellow, Professor and Head of the Department of Government at the University of Tasmania, gave a lecture in Perth. He said:

“I am pleased to present this lecture today in Perth.I am particularly pleased to find that Perth is still here. I last visited here in 2005 – the year that Professor Tim Flannery suggested that Perth could become the first ‘ghost metropolis’ due to reductions in rainfall because of climate change. I must confess that I was somewhat bemused by this statement, because my visit to Perth was to present a paper on water policy under climate uncertainty. I knew from my research for that paper that Perth was in fact better adapted to uncertainty in its water supply than any other capital city.

Perth and the south-west of the state have suffered a decline in rainfall, which appears to have shifted to the north-east. The cause appears to be not the gradual accumulation of greenhouse gases, but a sudden shift in ocean currents. This decline in rainfall has translated into a marked decline in catchment yields thanks to changed catchment management, and an increased yield can be obtained by thinning catchments.

Regardless, Perth has adapted to its natural environment with a number of responses: demand management; use of aquifers; the construction of the Kwinana industrial recycling plant; and now a desalination plant. Professor Flannery was, of course, talking nonsense – but, as sales of his book The Weathermakers and his subsequent selection as ‘Australian of the Year’ showed, this is popular nonsense.”

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Scary stuff – Andrew, Tim and Gaia October 2, 2008

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Scary stuff – Andrew, Tim and Gaia

Andrew Denton and Prof Tim Flannery

Andrew Denton and Prof Tim Flannery

From The Australian Conservative, September 24, 2008

Hey, folks, put the kids to bed but don’t turn off their lights. In fact, switch on every light in the house. Home alone? Stay close to the phone. Andrew is coming around with that Tim guy and he’s bringing his weird friend Gaia with him.

At least, Andrew Denton was considerate enough to warn us.

“A lot of what you are about to hear is upsetting and part of you will want to stop listening and change the channel. Try to fight that urge if you can because along with the terrifying evidence at the speed and consequences of climate change, Tim Flannery has some clear and simple ideas on how we can change direction before it is too late.”

So went the introduction to Denton’s Monday evening chat with one of Australia’s high priests of climate change, Professor Tim Flannery.

Denton’s show Enough Rope is aptly named because host Andrew Denton cut Professor Flannery plenty of slack when it came to exaggeration and fear.

It really is a matter of concern that the national broadcaster allows alarmists like Flannery to come on and make all sorts of extravagant and highly dubious claims and pass it all off as self-evident truth.

First he started out with a stiff dose of Lovelock environmental theology.

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Tooling around in the Top End September 26, 2008

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Tooling around in the Top End

Tim Flannery and John Doyle on ABC1

Tim Flannery and John Doyle on ABC1

By Mark Henderson

From the Australian Conservative, September 24, 2008

The ABC is currently screening its latest platform for global-warming-obsessed Tim Flannery, the TV show “Two in the Top End” – or, as Tim Blair calls it, Two Tools in a Toyota.

Appropriately, Tim’s companion in the Top End is satirist John Doyle.

Doyle and the “Reverend” Flannery started their pilgrimage to Northern Australia in predictable fashion – setting off in a hybrid Toyota Prius, which is to global warming believers what a crucifix is to Christians – a sign of their faith.

Irony and belief in global warming, it seems, are mutually exclusive. No sooner had Flannery and Doyle abandoned the Prius for a more practical four-wheel drive than they were lamenting lead mining in the Northern Territory.

Wasn’t it such a shame, they said, that the area had to be spoiled by lead mines just to help China make batteries.

Gentlemen, your Toyota Prius also has a lead battery. It is made in Japan. So Northern Australia is being despoiled to make batteries for your Prius. Get with the scientific consensus – even hybrid cars use lead acid batteries.

Flannery mixed in with his hypocrisy a healthy dose of his now famous exaggeration.

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