A Gizmodo managing editor chastised people Tuesday for believing that arsonists caused Australia’s wildfires. He said the media should focus on climate change and climate change alone when discussing the fires.
Global warming is the reason for Australia’s wildfires, according to Brian Kahn, the managing editor for Earther, Gizmodo’s environmental blog. Anyone who suggests other possible explanations is likely only interested in propping up fossil fuels, he wrote in an editorial Tuesday.
“After months of hell, coverage of the bushfires has penetrated mainstream conversation around the globe with an uptick in Google search interest, news stories, and Twitter hashtags,” he wrote. Kahn’s editorial is titled “It’s Not Arson, You Absolute Fucking Morons.”
Kahn added: “Celebrities even used their time at the Golden Globes to outline the clear link between the fires and climate change.” (RELATED: Australian Police Charge At Least 20 People For Intentionally Setting Bushfires, Activists Blame Climate Change)
Kahn said “right-wingers” and “conspiracy theorists” are supposedly hijacking the narrative.
“Yet over the past week, a counter-narrative has emerged that no, it’s not climate change. It’s arsonists and nefarious green groups who have pushed to stop back burns and controlled fires that reduce fire risk,” he wrote.
Kahn cited research he said suggested bots were responsible for promoting the possibility that arsonists were responsible. New South Wales police have charged more than 20 people for deliberately starting fires across Australia since Nov. 8, 2019.
A total of 183 people are facing legal action related to fire offenses, New South Wales police said Monday.
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