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Leftist Civil War Over Great Barrier Reef Exposes Climate Extremism

Posted on Sunday, January 8, 2023
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AMAC Exclusive – By Ben Solis

Australia’s Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek.

For decades, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the largest coral reef in the world, has been an emblem of the far left’s alarmist rhetoric about climate change. But now, as new evidence emerges that suggests the left’s dramatic doomsday predictions are (once again) likely overblown, a rift has appeared between Australia’s left-wing government and the globalist climate hawks at the United Nations – exposing the ultimate fragility of the left’s climate change philosophy.

Since at least the early 2000s, mainstream scientists, liberal governments, and climate change fanatics have insisted that the colonies of undersea polyps that comprise the Great Barrier Reef are under immediate threat from supposedly rising ocean temperatures as a result of climate change. Nearly a quarter of marine species depend on coral reefs for survival, and millions of people depend on those species for food. Climate “experts” breathlessly warned the world that the imminent death of the Great Barrier Reef would be an ecological catastrophe on a global scale.

Australia’s left-wing governments dutifully took these warnings at face value and spent hundreds of millions of dollars to preserve the reef. Recently, a new far-left cabinet doubled down on this policy by spending a hefty $800 million on conservation efforts.

Whether or not the reef is actually in any danger was always, at best, debatable. Nonetheless, according to an Australian government report, in 2022, two-thirds of the reef recorded the highest amount of coral cover in nearly four decades – hardly a sign of a dying reef. This led Australia’s Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek to claim that the government’s “ambitious, rapid, and sustained” climate action had “saved” the natural wonder. Warnings about the imminent demise of the reef following two years of warmer-than-normal water temperatures in 2015 and 2016 looked overblown.

But Australia’s government apparently forgot one crucial aspect of the global left’s climate change alarmism – no matter what real-world data and facts show, there can never be any real “progress.” Things can only get worse, not better.

Thus came the proclamation from the United Nations in late November that, contrary to the Australian government’s analysis, the Great Barrier Reef was even more endangered, not less. A UN panel angrily said in a report that the reef’s resilience had been “substantially compromised” and further recommended shifting the reef to “endangered” on the UN’s list of world heritage sites. The report was commissioned after a 10-day trip of UN bureaucrats to the reef in March 2022.

Even the $800 million the Australian government had approved to conserve the reef was not enough, it seems. Conspicuously, the report eschews any mention of the recent evidence that the reef is actually growing.

This recent spat between the leftists at the UN and the left-wing government in Australia highlights the degree to which ideological dogma, not scientific fact, has come to drive the left’s views on the climate, to the point where radical environmentalism has in some ways become a pseudo-religion. As the late renowned climatologist Dr. Tim Ball, who endorsed former President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, observed, environmentalism filled the vacuum for a belief system once “science” allegedly excluded traditional religion from public life.

In many ways, the left’s obsession with the climate and weather is not a new phenomenon. Throughout antiquity, people believed that nature spirits determined the fate of nations. Believers saw them as the causes of natural disasters, including wildfires, floods, storms, and earthquakes. Everyone in ancient societies was expected to make some sacrifice to appease these deities.

Today, the nature spirits have been replaced by “the science” – or what we are all told we must accept as the science. While the “climate experts” – whose own predictions have been proven wrong time after time – hide behind a veneer of “objectivity” and “reason,” they nonetheless expect sacrifices from an obedient population. First, it was gas cars and air conditioning. Then, it was red meat, and then all meat.

Moreover, our “expert class” expects these sacrifices in perpetuity. One can never full appease the climate change spirits.

This is the fundamental lesson that must be learned by every country that adopted this faith, including the United States.

Unfortunately, many are refusing to open their eyes to this reality. In Australia, the government has only accelerated its “commitment” to left-wing climate policies, including by promising to reduce the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions by 43 percent by 2030 – a move that would be catastrophic for the country’s economy. According to former Deputy Defense Minister Andrew Hastie, the climate legislation approved by the Australian government late last year will send gas prices soaring, cause significant shortages of goods, and send more manufacturing jobs abroad. Even worse, the plan will make Australia more dependent on energy from communist China.

As the ancient philosopher Sophocles once observed, it is painful to look at your trouble and know that you and no one else has made it. But such a confrontation with reality is exactly what Western liberals need when it comes to seeing their anti-science obsession with climate change for what it is.

Ben Solis is the pen name of an international affairs journalist, historian, and researcher.

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Michael S.
Michael S.
1 year ago

No one is looking at the fact that approximately every 80-85 years the issues that we are facing with the climate today are a natural recurring theme. But those who push the panic button are inline with CHICKEN LITTLE CRYING THE SKY IS FALLING!!! Unfortunately this occurs because no one pays attention to HISTORY!!! Examples of this are proven in 1860, 1938, and now starting in 2019. Same weather patterns and conditions with rain, snow, wind, fire, and flooding across the globe. More examples are in the History going back to the birth of AMERICA and with due diligence are documented in every other region of the globe.

David Millikan
David Millikan
1 year ago

The Great Barrier Reef is just fine and growing to recent scientific research and report that was released in past year.
So tired of hearing lie about Global Warming and doomsday BS.
According to the braindead 23 years ago, the planet only had 10 years left.
Here it is 2023, and the planet is still here doing just fine except for the TOXINS the jets keep spraying everyday KILLING the Natural Weather Patterns including us and animals and poisoning our water and food. NO JOKE.
Spraying HEAVY especially before it’s suppose to rain and then getting hardly any if any rain at all from them spraying aluminum particles mixed with ash and fire retardants including many other chemicals. You can even taste it mixed in rain. That’s why your nose runs and burns, eyes burn, and you have an ash taste in your mouth and making the air harder to breathe.
Yet, the braindead keep pushing the lie of Global Warming when Niagara Falls has FROZEN 3 times within 8 years. Niagara Falls has NEVER FROZEN 3 times within an 8 year period before in Recorded History. That’s NOT warming. That’s COOLING.
Hottest summer was 1980 and hasn’t been that hot since 1930’s when it was HOTTER.
The earth’s temperature has been cooling for quite some time if you were told the real truth instead of propaganda lies for political gain and power of CONTROL and illegal taxes you pay with everything else you buy to support a lie.
So, the Great Barrier Reef will continue to be just fine without the political propaganda Global Warming lie and the Sun with our orbit of the planet will continue to CONTROL OUR WEATHER.
Just as Volcanoes and Earthquakes have a DRASTIC effect on our weather.
It’s called, NATURAL LIFE CYCLES.
The Earth has been through far more and worse than what Mankind has done in a very, very short time.
The Earth is always changing and healing itself.
Remember, we are in Outer Space floating in Outer Space moving through Outer Space orbiting the Sun and NOTHING stays the same except in FANTASY WORLD.
Hence, NATURAL LIFE CYCLES.
So much for Global Warming Lie and the Great Barrier Reef dying.

GTPatriot
GTPatriot
1 year ago

The UN, as usually, is a crock controlled by all nations that demand that the US take care
of them. So far, they’ve done a damn good job since we don’t have the good sense to kick
them out of NY. As a nation that LOVES profit just think what could be done with the UN
property in NYC. Just imagine. We need to forcefully move the UN to Tehran where it
belongs.

GTPatriot
GTPatriot
1 year ago

Does this mean that the reef can be saved if all cars in Australia are electric and all homes are
operated on solar or wind energy ? Hell no. So whats the answer ? Hint: shut down the UN.

Jocelyn
Jocelyn
1 year ago

People are so sad to accept what’s right from their face as I say there is no global warming it’s just the Earth changing and deal with it

Tara Blood
Tara Blood
1 year ago

Very well written and so true! Without a moral foundation man runs amuck.

Mary Farmer
Mary Farmer
1 year ago

The Great Barrier Reef has undergone many, many times of being exposed when the earth enters a cold cycle and the ocean water is frozen and then being submerged when the earth enters a warm cycle. Ask the indigenous people – their ancestors lived on land that is now under the ocean and they know it will again be exposed at some time in the future.

Morbious
Morbious
1 year ago

Good article. These highly enlightened elites have returned to animism. Fickle nature spirits must be appeased lest the oceans attack etc. Theres just one itty bitty piece missing however. Thats the idea central to current environmentalism- humans and their activities are mutilating mother earth, therefore human populations must be radically decreased. If these godless monsters gain total control there will be forced population reductions. This could be accomplished via confiscatory taxation or other more dramatic means. All in service of a throwback religion. No one can believe nothing. Throw away traditional religious sensibilities and the devil steps into the void.

Gunny Joe
Gunny Joe
1 year ago

How else is all (in the rear with the gear) gore going to get richer, if the lemmings that voted for him, jhon kerry, obsma, clentons, etc. etc. are told it’s working, their gravey train will not come in. So they must have the bureaucracy support their lie. Can you and yours learn to live in the 18th century? I think not in the time it would take to keep from a whole bunch from being permanently dead.

Granny26
Granny26
1 year ago

The climate has been changing since God created the Earth and it will keep changing until He decides it time to end it. And nothing dip-sh**gore says or does is going to change that.

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
1 year ago

Why cant these fool’s get it in their heads there has always been climate change for 4.5 billion years and will always be.

John Diaz
John Diaz
1 year ago

Although it is true that we need to protect the environment. It shouldn’t be at the cost of the environment. Human beings have a huge responsibility to protect all that God has given us.

anna hubert
anna hubert
1 year ago

Everything is changing around us we are constantly told that we must accept the change but climate is expected to freeze in time and stay the same to the left’s approval It is we who must adapt to mother nature not the other way around

LauraC
LauraC
1 year ago

Nothing, but NOTHING is allowed to change, even though the universe has been in a constant state of change for how many millennia. One less polar bear this year— the sky is falling. Wait, how many dinosaurs are left prowling the earth? Was that change bad or good (for us and the rest of the mammals)? How many Country Western songs are about change? She don’t love me no more. Hey, folks, wake up. Everything changes. Those who can’t accept that are becoming increasingly psychopathic and must be ignored by those of us who know how the Universe really works. So, hey, let’s just ignore those clowns and go about our business. They can’t fight ALL of us.

Gabe hanzeli Kent wa
Gabe hanzeli Kent wa
1 year ago

Yup another man made global warming / climate change hoax.

Just like the oceans were going to rise 5. 10, 15 feet in 9 years: 35 years ago. The polar bears and penguins were going extinct in 5 years: 30 years ago and now both are overpopulated. Death Valley was going to be part of the ocean 25 years ago. There would be no more fresh water! 40 years ago.

The climate change crowd changes names of things to make them sound extreme and usual evan though they are absolutely normal “bomb cyclone” instead of winter storm. “Extreme high heat” instead of summer heat.

Even the California drought has become bs. California gets the majority of its rain in January and February. Then nothing for the next ten months. They have gotten plenty of rain both last year and again this year. There is no drought. I can guarantee you will hear the words California drought in July, August and September of this year.

The climate change cult is pushing a hoax.

James P.
James P.
1 year ago

I think continental drift is the bigger problem which must be tackled immediately “at all costs”. It would probably be easier to control than the temperature of the earth, anyway. Now, where to send 100% of my income?!

Mike
Mike
1 year ago

I remember back in the 70’s when they said we were heading for another “Ice Age’ by 1990. Darn I must \haveof slept through it. Then the hole in the ozone ( which no longer exist ) was going to burn us all up. Missed that one too.
Now they just call it climate change so they can tilt their rants anyway they need for their stories.

Nick Murphy
Nick Murphy
1 year ago

The one we need to really focus our attention on is plate tectonics! We need to stop plate tectonics and we need a blue ribbon government Commission to study it. I’m sure there’s room in there some place for extra taxes

Ben Ray
Ben Ray
1 year ago

“Moreover, our “expert class” expects these sacrifices in perpetuity. One can never full appease the climate change spirits.”
This is the trademark of most Progressive Liberal causes… it is never enough and always want more. There are no boundaries.
Gender… no longer just 2. Language must all change in the name of “woke”. Infrequent and necessary abortions are now infanticide. Equality for all in now back to race safe places, re-writing history and reparations. Adult consensual sex between same sex is now 40 different trans combinations; legal same sex marriages and drag queen library reading to children. Medical marijuana is now big business and tax dollars with some states considering other drugs like mushrooms.
Somewhere as a society we need to set and stick by some sort of limits on morality.

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