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Australia Shows Us the Road to Hell: The political reaction is scarier than the fires.

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'Climate optimists hoped for a broad consensus in favor of measures to save the planet. But if a nation in flames isn’t enough to produce a consensus for action, what will? The Australia experience suggests that climate denial will persist come hell or high water, through devastating heat waves and catastrophic storm surges. Australia’s anti-environmentalist government seems utterly unmoved as the nightmares of environmentalists become reality; and the anti-environmentalist media, the Murdoch empire in particular, has gone all-out on disinformation, trying to place the blame on arsonists and “greenies” who won’t let fire services get rid of enough trees.You might be tempted to dismiss Australia as a special case, but the same deepening partisan division has long been underway in the United States. Powerful forces on the right are determined to keep us barreling down the road to hell.'

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" a 2014 speech by the eminent political scientist Robert Keohane,suggested that one way to get past the political impasse on climate might be via "an emphasis on huge infrastructural projects that created jobs" in other words, a Green New Deal. Such a strategy could give birth to a "large climate-industrial complex," which would actually be a good thing in terms of political sustainability."

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: 8 While Australia has had fire seasons that have burned more acreage overall, these fires are unprecedented for their locations. According to Australia's Bureau of Meteorology, the fires in New South Wales are the largest in state history , and the burned area is the most extensive ever documented in eastern Australia.Australia's bushfire crisis worsened Thursday night into Friday as hot, dry and windy conditions redeveloped across the country's hard-hit southeast, causing two large blazes to merge into one. The new "megafire" measures about 1.5 million acres, about the size of the state of Delaware or roughly eight times as large as New York City.


* The fires themselves are exacerbating global warming, too, with fire-induced thunderstorms pumping soot, ash and chemicals into the upper atmosphere. Satellite-based estimates of greenhouse-gas emissions from the fires show they may be contributing the equivalent of a typical year's worth of Australia's emissions from burning fossil fuels.


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