Tim Blair: Record Flannerfall

From a 2012 ABC article entitled “Catastrophic flood could sink Sydney suburbs”

Nobody likes being reminded of their inaccurate predictions. Unfortunately for climate warrior Tim Flannery, those are just about the only predictions he’s ever made.

Back in 2007, the ABC’s Sally Sara began a Flannery interview with this ominous intro: “Professor Tim Flannery has warned climate change will impact on Australia to the point where Sydney can expect to receive 60 per cent less rainfall than it does at present.”

During that piece, Flannery offered his usual alarmism. “The soil is warmer because of global warming and the plants are under more stress and therefore using more moisture,” he said. “So even the rain that falls isn’t actually going to fill our dams and our river systems.”

Those poor stressed plants. Those poor empty dams. And that poor professor, who was wheeled out last month for probably his one millionth ABC chat, which for once at least touched on Flannery’s pathetic predictive powers…

  • Well he likely meant it was just one possible scenario of many so he’s always right. See?

    • Frau Katze

      If he worded it correctly, could be. Others just went on a limb with wild predictions.

  • andycanuck

    Flannery is Oz’s version of Suzuki, BTW.

    • Brett_McS

      Or Flummery, as we call him.

      • andycanuck

        Yeah, I think I’ve read Tim Blair use that on occasion.

    • Frau Katze

      I figured he might be. Thx for tip.

      • Minicapt

        He has a Doctorate in Palaeontology, and specialised in fossil kangaroos, several of which he discovered/identified. Like Suzuki, his command of climatology is limited to what people have ‘told’ him.


  • Brett_McS

    They need to put that sign up higher. I can’t read what it says.