Australia will go down in history as the first country to commit Climate Suicide, assuming there is anyone left to write the history books.
As Paul Mason succinctly notes, this is the fossil fuel elite’s Chernobyl.
Australia together with pariah states like Saudi Arabia has over the years done its best to sabotage climate talks, digs up coal, elected a corrupt fascist in the pocket of Big Coal as their prime minster, absorbs mind rotting fake news from Murdoch, and now is reaping the benefits.
As Australia burns, the prime minister in the pocket of Big Coal sabotaged COP25 climate talks in Madrid, then went on holiday.
This is the moron who once walked walked into Parliament with a lump of coal to pass around.
Last week fascist PM visited a burnt out town. The local residents told him to fuck off. This was their Ceaușescu moment, when Nicolae Ceaușescu stood before a crowd and was booed.
What we are seeing is an Apocalypse of Biblical proportions, and this is only the beginning.
A bookstore in the fire-ravaged village of Cobargo, New South Wales, has a new sign outside that reads:
Post-Apocalyptic Fiction has been moved to Current Affairs
The carbon released by the bush fires into the atmosphere will accelerate towards the climate tipping point, the point of no return.
Smoke from the fires has engulfed New Zealand, turned the glaciers brown, accelerating the melting of the glaciers.
The extent of the fires is such it is generating its own weather system. The temperatures hot enough to cause the metal of cars to melt.
Already over twenty people have died in the fires, the count is mounting daily, more bodies will be found when people return to burnt out towns. But as nothing to the tens of thousands who will die as a result of breathing in the toxic smoke. And it beggars belief the imbecile mayor of Sydney went ahead with New Year fireworks to add to the toxic mix.
Mass destruction of wildlife. Wildlife not burnt alive, dying due to the high temperatures.
Any politician who accepts dirty money from coal is a climate criminal and should be in prison.
Under the fascist Prime Minister, a crack down on unions, civic organisations and journalists. Legislation pending in Tasmania, and expected to be copied across Australia, environmental protesters now face up to 21 years in jail for demonstrating. This is what we are seeing from the Fascist regimes in Poland, Hungary, Turkey, Egypt, India, Bolivia and Brazil.
When the fires are finally put out, Australians need to rise up, remove their prime minister from office, topple the government, and take direct action, whatever it takes, to shut down the coal industry. And to boycott the poisonous toxic crap from Murdoch and his ilk.
Posting mean well but otherwise pointless messages on social media, pray for rain, brave firefighters, not only does not help other than maybe makes the person doing the posting feel good, as actually worse the useless, as distracts from the real issues, that people must act, cannot carry on businesses as usual.
The economic damages alone, far exceeds any economic benefit from coal.
Western colonial agriculture is not suited to an arid environment. Heed must be paid to Aborigines, non-people marginalised by racist Australians for decades. They have generations of wisdom of living with the land, not exploiting the land. Cultural burning which was stopped, would have halted the spread of fires. Cultural burning that not only creates fire breaks but provides escape routes for wildlife.