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When El Nino strikes, Australians will believe in global warming again, and in carbon tax?

This week, the weather bureau warned another El Nino event was looming for the coming year.

The last time Australia went through El Nino, the country had its worst drought in more than a century. Not surprisingly, many Australians drew a connection between the drought and climate change and the need for action.

El Nino may be good for Labor The West, Andrew Probyn   July 6, 2012, Shhhh! Don’t mention the war. As the great heatwave struck the US, knocking off thousands of temperature records, Bob Henson, a meteorologist at the National Centre for Atmospheric Research in Colorado, was asked this week whether any of this could be down to climate change.

“Climate change is a political question,” he told Fairfax’s US correspondent Nick O’Malley. “I thought it was a scientific question,” O’Malley responded. “Well, it’s both.”

This was a fascinating exchange. Especially in a week where scientists could confidently announce they had confirmed the existence of the Higgs boson, the so-called God particle. Comparatively speaking, there’s less evidence of the Higgs boson than there is of climate change, but we believed the scientists when they told us they had found the elusive subatomic particle that explained mass.

The fact that Mr Henson went straight to the politics of climate change, rather than going to the cause of climate change
(anthropomorphic or otherwise) speaks volumes for the success of the campaign against the so-called “warmists”…..

In June 2008, Newspoll found that 61 per cent of us supported the idea
of an Australian emissions trading scheme to help slow global warming.
Just one in four of us was against the idea.

The same poll found that 56 per cent still supported an ETS even if
petrol, electricity and gas became more expensive (39 per cent were
against).

Forward-wind three years and the state of play has reversed……
The difference between Labor being obliterated at the next election
and it losing honourably could well depend on whether the Prime
Minister and her Government can restore some sense of moral authority
on climate change. This would require not only re-establishing the
argument for climate change action but also assuring voters a
market-based solution is best…..
Given the debate is supposedly about climate change, it would be
ironic if something as fickle as the weather again changed the game.
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/opinion/post/-/blog/14153477/el-nino-may-be-good-for-labor/

This week, the weather bureau warned another El Nino event was looming for the coming year.

The last time Australia went through El Nino, the country had its worst drought in more than a century. Not surprisingly, many Australians drew a connection between the drought and climate change and the need for action.

As to whether Ms Gillard can survive until another drought galvanises support for pricing carbon will be a matter for lesser gods.

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July 7, 2012 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming |

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