Over 150 homes have been destroyed in devastating bushfires, and it’s only spring. Three people are dead. Many are severely injured. Hundreds of koalas were described as ‘cremated.’ This is the climate crisis. This is what the government was warned about. But nobody listened. And now, people are dying.
99.4% of NSW is in drought. The state is tinder-dry. The climate catastrophe is accelerating. Yet Gladys Berejiklian thought it was a good idea to cut the RFS budget by 75% this year?!
— Stephen (@TheAviator1992) November 10, 2019
The Government Is Putting Through A Pro-Coal Bill Right As We Burn In Bushfires
NSW Parliament, who have been sending thoughts and prayers for the raging bushfires in their state, are at the same time pushing a bill that will weaken environmental protections.
If you thought that perhaps these fires would wake them up to the catastrophic environmental dangers we are facing, you are wrong.
The bill, pushed by Rob Stokes, would stop the courts from blocking coal mines that are dangerous for the climate. Basically, under this bill courts can’t consider the greenhouse gases coal mines will emit when approving applications, which stops them from being able to reject them on environmental grounds. And this just follows up on previous coal emission fuckery – i.e Scomo lying to the UN about our carbon emissions.
This bill is being debated today – the day that Sydney has marked as ‘catastrophic’ in fire danger.
The LNP Cut Funding To NSW Fire Services
The Liberal National Party cut $35 million dollars to NSW Fire Services. They won’t even pay to fuel fire trucks. Witnesses have reported seeing firefighters having to pay out of their own pockets to fill up fire trucks.
Federal government spends millions to keep a fully staffed remote island concentration camp open to imprison a family with 2 young children.
Local firefighters fighting #NSWfires have to use their own money to refuel fire trucks.
Go figure. https://t.co/M8Vt9qgbxU
— 💧Leo Jai (@lionheartleojai) November 11, 2019
Now, people are being told that there aren’t enough resources to help them. Australians in dangerous areas are being told to evacuate on their own, and not to expect assistance, or even phone calls or door knocks alerting them that they are in danger.
The #NSWbushfires disinfo’s out of control.
We MUST PUSH BACK.
.Greens are NOT in power in fire areas.
.LNP govts slashed fire budgets
.LNP ignored expert warnings of catastrophic fires
.LNP refuses to act on #ClimateEmergency
.LNP spreads disinfo to deflect from this. https://t.co/s6xehqMMuQ
— 💧 Meta Meta Monkey Punk (@metammp) November 11, 2019
Some people have worried that they do not have anywhere to go, or can’t afford to stay in other places. It seems that they may be on their own.
This is my fear – politicians do not care about elderly, disabled or vulnerable people – what is the plan for protecting these people today @GladysB?? @ScottMorrisonMP?? #NSWbushfires #nswpol https://t.co/YmYsl15D3j
— Kath Naish (@KathNaish) November 11, 2019
Scott Morrison Refused To Meet With The Rural Fire Services Commissioner About The Bushfires TWICE
The Rural Fire Services (RFS) commissioner warned of dangerous bushfire conditions brought on by climate change. He requested to meet with ScoMo in both September and April but was brushed aside.
Now, all his predictions have come true, as with the Bureau of Meterology and CSIRO, who also lot funding. And still the government refuses to acknowledge climate change.
One of the first things the Govt did was cut BoM & CSIRO funding, they don’t want the advice. They would rather the data didn’t exist. It’s inconvenient truth.
— Heath George (@WDP_HeathGeorge) November 11, 2019
The #QandA episode last night had students ask brutal questions on why our government ignored warnings of dangerous fire conditions – and they received no answer aside from the fact that the PM is “busy.”
JUST AS WE SAID, A PROMOTIONAL PHOTO SHOOT
He still thinks he works for Tourism Australia
Angry locals claim PM ‘only talked to elderly #NSWFires bushfire survivors’ – repeating ‘wow, that’s tragic’ without emotion – before moving on in ’20 minutes’https://t.co/vNSRmMG1Gs pic.twitter.com/XTd5rWACMs
— Lynda French (@LyndaFrench19) November 11, 2019
How Many People Have To Die Before We Are Heard?
This is my father’s home being destroyed by #NSWfires a few weeks ago – just one of 64 in this fire alone. Two of his friends were killed. My brother and his wife have today had to evacuate their home. I think now is a very good time to talk about #climatechange. pic.twitter.com/b5Xw4kYNnE
— Carol Duncan (@carolduncan) November 11, 2019
Instead of listening to climate scientists, fire experts and literally anyone that has any knowledge of how the climate works, our government has been fucking us over again and again by ignoring calls for environmental safety and constantly putting coal emissions over people.
How many more people have to die or lose their homes before our government actually gives us the climate action we need?
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