Liberal MP Craig Kelly's statements on our changing climate show he is living in a parallel universe from the majority of Australians.
His statement that "droughts had not got worse, nor had tornadoes, cyclones or other extreme weather" is at odds with a report published by insurer Lloyds that says "climate change risks account for around one-fifth of potential lost GDP covered by the 2018 Lloyds City Risk Index".
Here in NSW, the current drought has been described as the worst in 400 years. Sadly, in the case of Kelly, there are none so blind as those who will not see.
Kelly claims his view that "30 years ago, the temperature was the same globally, about where it was today" is "based on empirical evidence". I assume he is using "empirical" as derived from one meaning of "empiric" listed in the Oxford English Dictionary: one who practises physic or surgery without scientific knowledge; a quack, a charlatan.
Let's be grateful for Kelly and the Liberal Party. There is no one else to comfort us by offering faith against fact and hope against evidence. Apparently, we only need to believe and reality will simply slip away.
Perhaps Kelly could swap his air conditioned office with a blue collar worker or farmer. Since 2001, 16 out of 17 years have been hotter than average and we break temperature records every year.
Try working outside this summer, Craig.
Would the good people of the electorate of Hughes please not vote for Kelly at the next federal election?
They deserve better.
Anne Wagstaff, Oatley
The push for burning fossil fuels in the face of a mountain of scientific evidence is criminally insane.