Car crash interviews are so subjective. Because it all depends on the narrative. If you take the time to watch the Good Morning Britain’s (GMB) interview with Australian conservative politician Craig Kelly MP on the Aussie bushfires, the panel swerved onto the other side of the road in an attempt to drive him off the road.
Listen to the conversation objectively. Just watch the way the GMB panel cut Kelly off and talk over him when he fires back with facts.
Craig Kelly maybe a climate skeptic but he is thorough. However, in an attempt to punk Kelly, GMB decided to bring in their meteorologist, Laura Tobin. From the 3m 15 sec mark, she just lets her climate alarmist stance dominate.
First of all, Tobin opened up with Australia having the highest temperatures ever recorded. Yet she doesn’t realise the Bureau of Meteorology starts its data series from 1910, to get a warming bias. It was hotter in 1896 and 1909. But don’t let that get in the way of lashing Australia on its Paris commitments. America isn’t a signatory and its emissions are going down. Where was the stitch-up of China?
The second mistake she made was to say Australia has the “second-highest emissions per person on earth.” Sadly, the truth is Australia ranks 15th, behind countries such as Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman and Canada on global emissions per capita. They are also falling per capita. She didn’t acknowledge that.
Tobin then accused Kelly of burying his head in the sand for not accepting the climate emergency and that he is a denier, not a sceptic. What exactly is a climate emergency? There is no standard formula. It is on balance a virtue-signalling exercise.
If she followed the Northern Beaches Council in Sydney, which has acknowledged a climate emergency, she could relish the commitments. 293t of CO2e saved last year. This amazing effort has meant a reduction of 0.0000522% of Australia’s total. Put it against Australia’s CO2 impact vs the entire atmosphere means that Northern Beaches have hammered home a mammoth 0.000000000699857% saving! Yes, 9 zeroes.
When Kelly answered there has been more rainfall in the first 20 years of this century than the first 20 years of the last century, she jumped to the “more extreme weather” argument which is not supported by the IPCC’s March 2018 report on weather extremes (with respect to anthropogenic induced global warming).
“…There is low confidence in observed trends in small-scale phenomena such as tornadoes and hail because of data inhomogeneities and inadequacies in monitoring systems…in some regions droughts have become less frequent, less intense, or shorter, for example, in central North America and northwestern Australia. There is limited to medium evidence available to assess climate-driven observed changes in the magnitude and frequency of floods…low confidence for the attribution of any detectable changes in tropical cyclone activity to anthropogenic influences..low confidence in projections of changes in extreme winds.. low confidence in projections of changes in monsoons…low confidence in wave height projections…overall low confidence because of inconsistent projections of drought changes…low confidence in projected future changes in dust storms…low confidence in projections of an anthropogenic effect on phenomena such as shallow landslides.”
So sadly Tobin is not making a scientific claim based on any evidence, even though she is a meteorologist. That is what happens when one is an alarmist. When Kelly says Australia spends more than any other nation on renewables per capita, Piers Morgan jumped in to stop her airbag from deploying.
Then Morgan makes the sanctimonious point that “virtually the entire country is being eviscerated by fires…Mr Kelly, I’ve just got to say wake up!…climate change and global warming are real…and Australia right now is showing the entire world just how devastating it is…and for senior politicians in Australia to still pretend there is no connection is absolutely disgraceful.”
Piers mustn’t have heard of arsonists. 183 have been charged by NSW Police alone since this bushfire season kicked off.
Although the press here – SMH, SBS, The Guardian etc – wasted no time trying to use a set up conducted by a UK breakfast program as a seriously in-depth and cutting investigative piece of high-brow journalism. Give us a break.
After the interview, Laura Tobin felt she had to respond to Craig Kelly on Twitter after he pointed out there were no large trend changes in rainfall. She responded with,
“I’m a meteorologist: a degree in physics and meteorology, four years as an aviation forecaster at the RAF, twelve years as a broadcast meteorologist, attended a WMO climate course last year and up to date with all the science.”
We have just pointed out she isn’t across “all” the science. Nobody is. Possessing a degree in meteorology is one thing. Deliberately setting out to belittle a guest by preparing an ambush that backfired isn’t. It would seem her more extensive experience in broadcasting has overshadowed her ability to express impartiality over the science. To think otherwise is denial on her part.
Tobin’s Twitter profile is as follows:
@ITV‘s Good Morning Britain every weekday from 6-8:30. Loves storms, sweets, friends, family & Bon Jovi! Mummy to Charlotte”
Maybe her alarmism should be replaced with denial so she can indulge her love of storms. We hope she didn’t fly to her WMO climate course last year. Greta would be most upset.