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I take this personally, having recently been forced to evacuate my bushland home, and now finding my only asset, a house in the Northern Rivers, is in the path of another terrifying mega-fire.

The political response has been dismal, with Smoko Morrison refusing to discuss climate change while sending a few ‘thoughts and prayers’. Meanwhile, Labor wastes time criticising the Greens for something they didn’t do and Anthony Albanese sets out on a coal love-fest in central Queensland.

Nobody recognises the opportunity for leadership towards a low-carbon economy. Instead, climate factions are becoming more bitterly opposed while emissions continue to rise.

Coal miners are furious about what they see as being vilified for the nature of their work. The major parties have done nothing to reassure all 37,800 coal mine workers with plans for a just transition to jobs in renewables.

But this week, in NSW where 85 per cent of the population lives within 50km of the coast, 6.8 million people are directly impacted by bushfires and smoke. Six people have died and over 800 homes have burnt.

It is profoundly disappointing to see ‘opposition’ politicians grasping for the votes of 37,800 coal mine workers while millions of others suffer from the escalating disaster of global heating.

Even if the fossil fuel industry is shut down tomorrow, the damage will continue for decades. But let’s keep exporting coal and gas to keep a few people happy – particularly the top one per cent who love to count their billions flowing from coal, oil and gas. Who cares if the rest of us burn?

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  1. The Guardian!! Have you ever read a sceptical
    Article regarding Global warming ?
    About as impartial As the ABC ..propaganda
    At its best ..the drought in 1980 ?
    1930s fires droughts , worse than what we
    Are experiencing.. incidentally why was
    Europe 1.3 to 1.5 degrees warmer than the present day Temperatures? 2000 years ago , contributing factors to such Global Warming? Well not
    Fossil fuels . Not billions or people’s!
    Temperatures go up and down end of story ..
    Since records began temperatures have fluctuated By by less than one degree” irrefutable ”
    Hardly cartographic..and for the record
    Science has not been settled..only for the people
    Who want to believe it is ..and that is in the
    Minority!! The hottest day on Record in lismore
    Was in 1998 ..

    • You are clearly smarter than all those climate scientists. Keep getting your news from Mr Murdoch, who makes ‘news’ for profit, as opposed to the Guardian and the ABC – Guardian’s profits are reinvested in journalism rather than distributed to owners or shareholders.

      • Profits Catherine ? Need for the reminder the ABC
        Are taxpayer funded 100% and i pay my fair share
        And how !! Any profits made by the ABC should
        Be returned to the taxpayer.. and the Guardian have
        Journalist? They have absolute bias left wing loonies who cover no more than push this eco anxiety, rubbish the coalition, trump and anyone
        Remotely conservative.. a true journalist should
        Be impartial to everything and cover most
        With unbiased truths!!
        Merry Christmas


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