Rodney Hide discusses the Green taliban’s lack of recent focus on global warming, now that they have all realised they have been rumbled.
[T]he shift on global warming with the Greens is significant. We are safe in concluding that they no longer regard global warming as the greatest threat to the planet. It would, I think, merit a mention in a leader’s annual speech to the Greens if it were. A fast-approaching environmental armageddon would be top of mind, not the constitutionality of parliamentary legislation, and not Peter Dunne’s emails.
So, hallelujah. The polar bears can continue to float about on their ice floes, millions of environmental refugees won’t wash up on our shores, malaria won’t be making an unwanted appearance in New Zealand any time soon, our beachfront properties are safe and there is no need to feel guilty driving past that bus stop.
It was always going to end with a whimper, not a bang. The scare was so big, so dominating, so accepted, that it could not be sustained. Unless, of course, it was true. It’s now not possible to maintain the huff and puff that the media and politics need to keep the headlines running.
Rodney is right, but can we expect an apology from the fraudsters and liars?
And so we have moved on. Mr Norman knows it. He along, with his party, has had to move on, too.
The global warming scare was, oh, so last decade. The surprising thing is that it has happened so quickly and without notice.
The bureaucracy and legislation will remain. But it won’t be front and centre of government as it was. It will be shoved out back as new and sexier government initiatives take centre stage.
There won’t be a moment where the Greens, or the government, or scientists, put their hand up and say they we were wrong. Editorial writers won’t admit they were misled.
The crusading journalists who beat up the global warming theory will always regard it as a great story – but now an old story. What will happen is what is happening now: we will just stop talking about it.
And, once again, the Greens are leading the way. They have been the first to shut up about it. The argument is no longer that global warming has “paused” for 17 years but rather that even the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand is no longer beating the drum. That’s when you know the cause is dead.
After all, Mr Norman was still backing Marxism-Leninism long after Mikhail Gorbachev had given up on it.