February 19th 2011

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Articles from this issue:

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Julia Gillard's fragile grip on power

EDITORIAL: Why utility prices are going through the roof

HOUSING: Australia has the least affordable housing

MIDDLE EAST I: Arab turmoil to change Middle East power balance

MIDDLE EAST II: Obama learns nothing from Bush's Middle East failures

UNITED STATES I: Obama's State of the Union address

UNITED STATES II: Tirade of calumny directed at Sarah Palin

UNITED STATES III: Ronald Reagan remembered

HIGHER EDUCATION: The rise of the entrepreneurial university

CLIMATE CHANGE: New research rebuts man-made global warming

EUTHANASIA: Ageism on the increase in Amsterdam

OPINION: Australia's identity with the Christian West

OPINION: Farmers' livelihoods under attack

WikiLeaks 1 (letter)

WikiLeaks 2 (letter)

La Niña, not CO2 (letter)

Government's insult to home mothers (letter)

Feminists on stamps (letter)

AS THE WORLD TURNS: More British Christians converting to Islam / Commonwealth Chief Rabbi rejects multiculturalism / US teenage pregnancies / The Muslim Brotherhood

BOOK REVIEW: UNPLANNED, by Abby Johnson with Cindy Lambert

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La Niña, not CO2 (letter)

by Alan Barron

News Weekly, February 19, 2011

It is disappointing to read the claims made by some ignorant people regarding the floods in Victoria and Queensland. The levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere had nothing to do with the recent severe flooding in Australia.

Making exaggerated claims regarding CO2 only shows what lengths some people will go to in order to score political points for the introduction of a big new (carbon) tax on everything.

Our weather in this part of the world is greatly influenced by ENSO - the El Niño/La Niña Southern Oscillation, and this fact is well documented.

For proponents of climate change/global warming to keep harping on about CO2 is to do a grave disservice to the people of Australia.

Instead of our energies, and limited resources, being focused on the very real climate events which affect most Australians, such as floods, attention is being diverted to something that poses no direct threat to us now or in the immediate future.

I just wish the vociferous and clamorous evangelists of climate change would find more positive things to do with their time, such as coming up with sensible solutions to drought-proof this country and to encourage the building of more dams, not only to alleviate the dangers of flooding, but to ensure adequate water supplies for a rapidly expanding population.

Alan Barron,
Grovedale, Vic.

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