Right now, out of control fires are devastating Australia.
Here’s video from one of the bush fires on Kangaroo Island, near Adelaide.
The fire is so intense it creates a fire twister gathering dust and eventually carrying orange fire into the sky.
PHOTO: Kangaroo Island Mayor Michael Pengilly speaking to the media on Friday morning. (ABC News: Casey Briggs)
As almost half of Australia’s third-largest island burned, its Mayor used social media to criticise former US president Barack Obama for connecting what he called “the very real and very urgent consequences of climate change” with Australia’s bushfires.
Kangaroo Island Mayor Michael Pengilly responded to a tweet by Barack Obama by saying climate change was not connected with the bushfire that has burnt almost half of the 4,400-square-kilometre island.
“So, so foolish in your pronouncement. My respect for you has totally evaporated. Pathetic,” Mr Pengilly said of the former president on Twitter.
- Barack Obama tweeted about more needing to be done about climate change
- Kangaroo Island Mayor Michael Pengilly said Mr Obama was foolish and pathetic
- Bushfires have burnt almost half of Kangaroo Island
The catastrophic fires in Australia are the latest example of the very real and very urgent consequences of climate change. It’s on us to stay focused and protect the one planet we’ve got for the next generation: https://t.co/dqytauPeXf— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 9, 2020