I knew that some halfwit climate change denier would come out and say ‘it’s cold, therefore climate change is not happening’. The last time I can remember this happening, it was the monumentally idiotic Rowan Dean1. This time it was the ludicrously inept Senator Matt Canavan2.
On Twitter, Canavan posted a link to a headline ‘Sydney set for coldest day in 25 years while Orange blanketed in snow.’ and above this he simply had ‘climate change’2. Wild weather is what has been predicted to be more common by climate scientists; the people who actually know what they are talking about3. Such a statement from Canavan would be sensible if it came from someone with a modicum of intelligence. However, Canavan’s whole ethos is about supporting his brother’s coal company (which has now failed)4; he has even occasionally described himself as ‘Mr Coal’, and is a little too fond of posting pictures of himself in hi-vis clothing with a dirty face, as if he had actually been working. I suppose this is from the same PR firm as Scott Morrison’s cap wearing and beer drinking at the football. Canavan’s PR for coal has even extended to a tasteless sticker on his vehicle ‘Black Coal Matters’ as a way of killing two birds with one stone; denigrating the Black Lives Matter demonstrations and promoting his family interests at the same time4.
Canavan is either too obtuse to realise the difference between weather and climate or is being disingenuous in conflating the two. While it is easy to assume that he is simply being disingenuous like much of the rest of his government, I suspect that he is incapable of understanding the difference, much like Rowan Dean.