The human brain, when faced with complex, multi-variable problems requires simple, easy solutions. Sadly, this is rarely feasible.
Take, for example, the huge outbreak of bush fires currently occurring in New South Wales, Australia.
These fires are serious. Tragically, lives have been lost.
Residential properties have been destroyed, with all the concomitant heartbreak that entails, the photos, the documents of memories, the moments in places that have been forever changed or destroyed.
While the fires are still burning, rational people ask what they should do to protect themselves and their families. This describes my current situation, living as I do in an area with a heavily forested area within an easy stone’s throw.
Those not in immediate danger wonder what they might do to help their neighbours.
Then there are those who live in the Australian equivalent of Islington.
Before the bodies of the dead have been recovered, they have already determined the effect, cause and solution.
The effect is obvious; catastrophic fires.
The cause is man made climate change.
The solution is to artificially hamstring the economy in a massive transfer of wealth and power from individuals to the state:
A more curious mind might read the coverage of the fires and search for answers to questions such as these:
- What percentage of fires start naturally, compared to being lit by arsonists or negligence?
- What mitigating actions were implemented this year and how do these compare to previous years?
- Are there more or fewer trees in Australia in 2019 than before?
- How exactly does closing a coal-fired power station or a mine prevent bush fires? Over what timeline should we expect to see results?
Obviously, to answer these questions one would need a lot of time to undertake research or a competent and non-activist news media to perform this on our behalf.
Instead, we are presented with the simple message that these fires are definitely the result of man made climate change and the only viable solution to the problem is renewables such as solar and wind turbines.
Finally, I challenge you to find a single mention in the Australian media or political discourse of the vaguest possibility of nuclear energy being even a minor part of the solution.
Our media are mendacious, low IQ or a mixture of the two.