The main theme of Bob's address was that Governments should not waste money on trying to stop climate change, but rather should use funds preparing for Climate Caused Disasters.
Some of the main points:
Horses for Courses. (53m)
one small part of a much wider climate hazard that scientists agree upon, which is the dangerous natural weather and climatic events that nature intermittently presents us with — and always will.
The Younger Dryas
The Younger Dryas is clearly observable in paleoclimate records from many parts of the world.
The end of the Younger Dryas, about 11,500 years ago, was particularly abrupt. In Greenland, temperatures rose 10° C (18° F) in a decade.
Bob says this change took place in 3 years. It went from almost a full glacial climate to almost a full interglacial climate.
For the last 10,000 years it has been cooling.
AN interesting demonstration.
“That is as statistically accurate as CSIRO’s computer models. That is a result of chance and that is what the computer models also produce. No proven skill.”
“The money we are squandering at the moment, and it runs into billions, on hypothetical global warming” could be directed a climate caused disasters."
Comparing Australia and NZ, the order of risks is reversed. NZ's biggest climate caused risk is Earthquake whilst Australia's is Bushfire.
In Taxing Air, Bob writes:
Australia’s greatest environmental hazards are all climate-related. Droughts, floods, cyclones and large bushfires — Australia has them all in spades. (P252)
Do we really need a national climate policy, then (P255)
You bet: for climate events and change are Australia’s greatest natural hazards.
The appropriate response to climate hazard, then, is national policies based on preparing for and adapting to all climate events as and when they happen, and irrespective of their presumed cause.
Every country needs to develop its own understanding of, and plans to cope with, the unique combination of climate hazards that apply to it alone.The planned responses should be based upon adaptation, with mitigation where appropriate to cushion citizens who are affected in an undesirable or uncontrollable way.