Unqualified poets, cranks, busybodies, former cricket and football players and other B-list celebs tells us to live like the Green Taliban

A reported 100 self-important but otherwise completely unqualified poets, cranks, busybodies,  former cricket and football players and other B-list celebs have signed up to a meaningless, mealy-mouthed campaign aimed at making ordinary New Zealanders feel bad about the Global Warming scam.

Wayne Smith says he is making a “moral stand” on climate change in joining 100 celebrated Kiwis in a major call to address New Zealand’s most critical risks.

The former All Black coach is among a high-powered cross section of public figures and thinkers who have lent their names to an appeal demanding politicians face up to what the group sees as the five biggest issues facing the nation.

You can read this list of attention-grabbing nonentities and not find a single person who would know global warming if it reared up and warmed their cans of Tui. The very first thing anyone from the climate change is our fault team say when anyone pipes up and calls them on their bullshit is “You’re not qualified, not peer-reviewed.yada yada yada”….Well same same for them. Wayne Smith should stick to coaching rugby, not espousing quackery and pseudo-science. 

Even more amusing, some of these newly indignant saviours of the planet last lurched out of well-deserved obscurity to attack a plan to save us from carbon – because it happened in their own backyards:

Project Hayes was a controversial wind farm proposed for the Lammermoor Range of Otago, New Zealand. The project was developed by Meridian Energy from 2006 to 2012 at a cost of $8.9 million.

Resource consents for Project Hayes were granted in 2007, however the decision was appealed to the Environment Court. The project was opposed by a number of people, including the former All Black Anton Oliver who is also opposing the nearby Mahinerangi Wind Farm. The respected painter Grahame Sydney and poet Brian Turner also opposed the wind farms. Meridian spent more than NZ$7.6 million on the consenting process

Well lo and behold, guess who now wants the rest of us to suck up grossly inefficient wind farms, watermelon taxes, forest-destroying bio-fuels, loony carbon trading schemes and inflated energy prices:

Names on the list

• Dame Anne Salmond – writer, anthropologist and New Zealander of the Year
• Wayne Smith – former All Black first five-eighths and assistant World Cup coach
• Dame Fiona Kidman – poet and writer
• Fiona Farrell – writer
• Celia Wade-Brown – Mayor of Wellington
• Sir Alan Mark – Professor Emeritus
• Grahame Sydney – artist
• Glenn Turner – retired cricketer
• Dr Philip Temple – writer
• Josh Kronfeld – former All Black
• Te Radar – comedian, activist and TV personality
• Chris Laidlaw – former All Black, Rhodes Scholar, Wellington councillor and broadcaster
• Keri Hulme – writer
• Tamsin Cooper – fashion designer and TV personality

Have a chat to your bro Glenn, and why should we give a toss for a cricketer’s ideas about climate.   And Grahame Sydney, stick to signing your paintings, you hypocrite.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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