The show begins with the usual horror images of fires, waves crashing, winds blowing as though the world was ending. In the also usual sonorous voice-over we hear that Penrith recently had the hottest temperature ever recorded in Sydney a few weeks ago. This is a lie. As soon as this was announced by the BoM a quick retraction followed with the BoM admitting the temperature at Penrith of 47.3 was in fact nowhere near the temperature of 47.8 at Richmond, a few kilometres down the road back in 1939. Four Corners did not mention this retraction, nor did it mention the Penrith “record” was only for a second as Jo Nova notes:
Penrith uses one of the new AWS which record 1 second temperatures. International protocol requires at least 1 minute, preferably 5 minute intervals to measure temperature to prevent false readings due to non-climatic factors. From the graph of the Penrith temperature it is plain the 47.3 reading was an outlier due, maybe, to something other than the heat.
Four Corners then introduces its resident scientific talking head, Karl Braganza from the BoM. Braganza wastes no time in saying things are going to get worse, temperature, storms, the lot. Braganza is amazing. Here he is back in 2016 claiming storms will decrease, albeit become more powerful in the future. That claim about storms becoming worse, albeit less frequent, is thoroughly rebutted here. In fact, all extreme weather is reducing: droughts, storms, rainfall, as even the IPCC and other prominent alarmists like Professor Muller concede.
Four Corners get their little pink hands dirty when they next interview a couple of farmers, David Bruer, a paid up member of the Greens and Ross Brown, a former sceptic. Both parrot IPCC temperature predictions of at least 2C increase some-time in the future. This is wrong, the poor guys are misguided and have been conned. The global temperature is a mess with none of the ground and satellite records agreeing with each other. But naturally alarmists and the ABC pick on the hottest of all the temperature records, NASA-GISS:
Let’s be clear here. No sceptic denies temperature has not risen. The argument is about the cause. For alarmists, it’s all mankind’s fault, nature had nothing to do with it. This is stupid. Many new papers clearly show a strong correlation between the Solar output, TSI, and temperature.
Four Corners, after their detour into folksy farm-land, then get serious and present the big end of town. APRA and the Reserve Bank are shown warning about the need for corporations to in turn warn their clients about alarmism or run the risk of being sued. This is grotesque. APRA has no business advocating alarmism. Phillip Lowe, the RB governor, is strongly green. He was mentored by Paul Krugman one of the great alarmism loons. So it is no surprise that Lowe was shown advocating business take on board preparation for climate change. That’s worked really well for Australia, South Australia in particular, in respect of electricity supply and costs.
Four Corners then moved on to an assortment of lawyers, spivs and activists who worked over the usual rubbish about rising sea levels which are simply not occurring around Australia as Phil Watson’s famous study showed.
The final attempt by Four Corners to legitimise the people’s revolt against politicians’ inaction about climate change was the insurance industry. The insurance industry is well known for its support of the little folk (sarc) and even a cursory glance at how insurance has profited from alarmism, which FourCorners obviously did not do, would show insurance offers no proof of alarmism.
In 2017, the world’s biggest reinsurer Munich Re, released its report which showed storms and extreme weather had declined while annualised losses had also declined. This is consistent with ACE cyclone trends and the IPCC own publications:
This dreadful program wrapped up with scary images of the 2009, Black Saturday fires in Victoria.
These fires killed 173 people. They were exacerbated by the green’s policies preventing back-burning and were not hotter than the Black Friday fires in 1939. Naturally Four Corners did not mention this.
The ABC is a disgrace.