"2006 is the worst drought in a thousand years and it is caused by global warming." How often did you hear claims like that over the last 12 months?
Now the CSIRO is saying that the drought is entirely natural and a part of Australia's normal climatic cycle.
When will the media, the greenies and the people who are basically terrified of life stop trying to scare the rest of us with their irrational nonsense?
Here is the story- from the ABC:
Drought a result of natural causes, says researcher
New research from the CSIRO suggests the current drought is due to natural variation in climate, not the greenhouse effect.
Barrie Hunt, an honorary research fellow at the CSIRO's atmospheric research centre in Melbourne, has studied 10,000 years of climate variability in Australia.
His research shows about 30 periods of drought which occur at random times and he says the length of each drought does not follow a predictable pattern.
Mr Hunt says this drought is not caused by the greenhouse effect.
"I think it's probably a bit to early yet to say we're having a greenhouse effect on rainfall, rainfall's a very difficult climatic term to get to grips with," he said.
"There's definitely a greenhouse effect on temperature, I'm not sure we're having one on rainfall yet.
"This drought will break and it's important for people to say well I understand that when the drought breaks it's not the greenhouse effect is a load of rubbish, of course it's rained again, everyone says this thing's due to the greenhouse effect and therefore they expect it to go on forever in a way, the naive people do."