A Greens MP has been slammed on social media for using the Texas floods to make a political point about climate change.
Adam Bandt, the federal member for Melbourne, sparked outrage with his simultaneous Twitter and Facebook posts featuring an image of frail, elderly women trapped in a flooded, American nursing home.
‘This is what climate change looks like,’ he said on social media.
However, this isn’t the first time the left-wing former lawyer has timed his remarks on global warming to coincide with natural disasters.
Greens MP for Melbourne Adam Bandt used the Texas flood tragedy to make a political point
Adam Bandt posted this image of the La Vita Bella nursing home on Twitter and Facebook
Many of his followers were clearly unimpressed, with one woman mocking his Tuesday morning message about Hurricane Harvey in Texas.
‘This is what an opportunist looks like,’ she said.
Another woman slammed how he had used the image of the La Vita Bella nursing home at Dickinson, south of Houston, to make a political point.
‘No, this is using tragic events and human suffering for political opportunism and you should hang you head in shame,’ she said.
This Greens political has linked a natural disaster with climate change on his social media
Two women on Twitter were angry with the Greens MP using a flood to score political points
The Greens are accused of using human suffering in the United States to make a political point
The left-wing politician’s social media messages had some supporters.
One woman went as far as to link with corporate greed the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in 50 years, which has so far killed two people.
‘Climate change combined with capitalism,’ she said on Facebook.
However, Mr Bandt’s message had plenty more critics.
‘It’s call natural disasters,’ one man said.
One woman suggested the Greens member consider deleting his Facebook post.
‘I suggest you taken this down, it’s not going to assist your argument,’ she said.
The Greens member for Melbourne has been advised on Facebook to delete his Tuesday post
This woman on Facebook linked the Texas floods with global warming and corporate greed
However, this man was a little more neutral suggesting the hurricane was a natural disaster
This woman suggested Adam Bandt removed his Facebook post about the Texas flooding
In March, Mr Bandt linked Tropical Cyclone Debbie then ravaging north Queensland to the effects of coal on climate change.
He had used this natural disaster to campaign against a new coal-fired power station proposed for Rockhampton.
Turnbull Government Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg described his comments then as ‘unconscionable and hysterical’.
Mr Bandt won his inner-city seat of Melbourne in 2010 after the Greens had repeatedly blocked Labor’s emissions trading scheme, designed to reduce carbon pollution linked to global warming.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull supported the Rudd governments ETS proposal in 2009, as a Liberal Party backbencher, but in power, he has declined to introduce carbon pricing.
Adam Bandt has a habit of using natural disasters (Dickinson, Texas pictured) to point score