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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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— Karl Marx

Murdoch Blows Smoke to Hide Behind

Jan 20, 2020

Australia’s wildfires have killed 26 people so far, and forced thousands to leave their homes to the flames. Over a billion animals are dead, over 20 million acres burned.

Every serious scientist, as well as anyone with common sense, understands that these out-of-control infernos are the result of ultra-dry conditions created by global warming, on top of neglect of basic fire-control planning at all levels.

But the Rupert Murdoch media empire in Australia broadcasts that it is neither of these causes, but a campaign of arson by environmentalists and others.

Murdoch, speaking like so many of his billionaire class, and in support of continued profit from coal production, is blowing his own kind of smoke to divert attention and to confuse the issue. He’s taken a page from the asbestos companies that claimed smokers caused their own asbestos-related cancers, and from the tobacco companies who claimed for years that there was “no scientific evidence” that smoking their cigarettes would cause its own kinds of cancer.

The fact is that the billionaire class’s system is responsible for these global-warming disasters. They want to continue profiting at all costs, and to hell with the Earth and living things on it.