Send them all Down Under

Here’s an idea. Let’s take Karl Rove, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Pat Robertson,
Rush Limbaugh, Jerry Falwell and all the other demogogues who keep on trying
to laugh off global warming, and airlift them–gently–into the parched
wilds of southeastern Australia. (They’ll find the government sympatico, although
they probably won’t like the weather there.)

Let them try to make their case from there. We’ll keep them well-hydrated, and have
cameras track their every move, just like on “Survivor.”


Australia’s epic drought: The situation is grim
By Kathy Marks in Sydney
Published: 20 April 2007

Australia has warned that it will have to switch off the water supply to the continent’s food bowl unless heavy rains break an epic drought – heralding what could be the first climate change-driven disaster to strike a developed nation.

The Murray-Darling basin in south-eastern Australia yields 40 per cent of the country’s agricultural produce. But the two rivers that feed the region are so pitifully low that there will soon be only enough water for drinking supplies. Australia is in the grip of its worst drought on record, the victim of changing weather patterns attributed to global warming and a government that is only just starting to wake up to the severity of the position.

The Prime Minister, John Howard, a hardened climate-change sceptic, delivered dire tidings to the nation’s farmers yesterday. Unless there is significant rainfall in the next six to eight weeks, irrigation will be banned in the principal agricultural area. Crops such as rice, cotton and wine grapes will fail, citrus, olive and almond trees will die, along with livestock.

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