Heard just yesterday that Biden and dear old Hilary are among the latest to have taken the opportunity to use the destruction of our bush fires to help push their political agenda. They are essentially blaming our bush fires (and their severity) on 'man made' climate change. Presumably they believe that 'man made' climate change causes drought which leads to the bush being highly susceptible to fire. However, as previously stated, leading CLIMATE scientists have stated that they don't understand what causes drought. Obviously they are not as smart as people like Biden and Hilary. The CLIMATE scientists also state that there is no identifiable link btw climate change and drought. Again, people like Biden and Hilary dont seem to have any trouble finding a link. The link is there because it suits their political narrative and if it suits their political narrative then it must be true!
What people like Biden and Hilary clearly don't understand is that drought and bush fires are a fact of life in Australia. Have been for as long as we have written records, and the evidence is that they have been for thousands of years.
So on to our current bush fires. What caused them and why have they been so severe? Obviously the on going drought has had a significant impact. The bush was tinder dry. This meant it was particularly susceptible to ignition, and that once alight it had the potential to spread quickly. As for the sources of ignition, the latest figures are that 85% of the current fires were started by humans, with 50% of all fires thought to have been deliberately lit.
There are other important factors though that have made the bush fires difficult to fight and therefore more severe. These include a lack of fire access roads, with ones in use not always properly maintained. The lack of access roads is partly a result of insufficient funding and partly the result of successful lobbying by the greens. Insufficient funding, and lobbying by the greens, are also the reasons why there has been inadequate fuel reduction programmes in the cooler months. The greens also managed to block plans for preventative fire breaks. Then there is the general lack of funding for the CFA and RFS. None of these things have anything to do with climate change - made made or not. But hey, why let facts get in the way of a political narrative...