Rodney Hide gives Jeanette Fitzsimons a lashing in the Herald.
We need to drag green hypocrites out from behind their shield of sanctimony.
I have known Jeanette Fitzsimons for more than 30 years. Back then, she was worrying we were running out of oil and gas. She’s now popped up as co-skipper of the protest vessel Vega trying to make it difficult for Anadarko to find more.
Her worry used to be that we were running out. Now her worry is that we are finding too much.
It’s a total back-flip but her solution remains the same – we must give up the good life and de-industrialise.
The flip-flops from the green taliban would get them life long jobs in the Cirque du Soleil. Global warming and pending ice age turned into Global Warming and roasting to death which now has turned into Climate Change. Peak Oil was supposed to have happened years ago and yet we keep on finding more and more.
At a seminar all those years ago, Jeanette explained that she was awoken to a world of worry by The Limits to Growth. The book had rocked me too. With Rachel Carson’s Since Silent Spring and Paul Ehrlich’s Population Bomb, it made me a hard-core Greenie and set me off studying environmental science to save the world.
But by the time I got to attend Jeanette’s seminar, I knew the studies were deeply flawed. Wider study, plus the failure of their predictions, had revealed that.
I’d also had the benefit of working on North Sea oil rigs and seeing first-hand the incredible ingenuity and engineering that had opened up new and exciting oil fields never thought possible. Read more »