A ‘coalition of wartime unity’

 

Following on from the excellent article by WH on the interview with the Climate Change Minister, James Shaw, I came across this article on Stuff Quote:

The elderly woman stood up at National leader Simon Bridges’ public meeting in Wellington this week. She had no time for all these questions about the environment. The sky was going to keep doing what the sky does, she said. The grass would do what the grass does, the sun would keep shining.

Now, New Zealand has an opportunity. For the first time in a generation, all the parties in Parliament agree climate change is a threat, that human industry and agriculture has have exacerbated it, and that we need to act urgently to address it. Their solutions are different – but their determination to reduce emissions is the same. End quote.

Is it? I’m not sure about that. Comparing James Shaw and Eugenie Sage with David Seymour is not particularly meaningful. Quote:

On Thursday, Climate Change Minister James Shaw will kick off a major nationwide consultation on a proposed law to reduce New Zealand’s net greenhouse gas emissions to zero, by 2050. He knows how daunting that task is. Getting rid of combustion engines even as we try to grow the economy. Covering 10 per cent more of our nation with trees, at a time when we want to make space for more houses and sustainable crops. It will be extremely challenging. End quote.

This just proves how nutty the Greens really are. They are the ones that want to take in 5000 refugees a year yet they want to increase forestation, reduce the number of houses, and if you take their policies to their logical conclusion, they want less people in the country. This isn’t just ‘challenging’, it is la-la land. Quote:

But Shaw is a leading expert on how to reduce emissions. I remember having a beer with him in London 12 years ago: he explained the work his consultancy was doing in advising multinational companies how to emit less, and profit more.

Back then, he told me how to offset the emissions from my air travel. He’ll be doing a lot of that over the next month, as he attends 10 meetings from Whangarei down to Invercargill, he hopes, selling his vision.

(It should be noted that the Greens all carbon-offset their air travel, Ministerial Services offset ministers’ air travel, and Shaw reveals he’s in talks with Parliament’s Speaker Trevor Mallard to offset emissions for all the other MPs, too). End quote.

You may note a distinct lack of detail here, but we all know how they ‘offset their air travel’. They pay money for carbon credits. Or, more accurately, we, the taxpayer, pays money for their carbon credits. If the world was really going up in flames, it wouldn’t matter what your portfolio of carbon credits looked like, you would still die. But they clear their consciences by paying money to corrupt governments to spend at will. That is carbon credits for you. Tell me how exactly that saves the planet? Quote:

There is a real willingness among Parliament’s leaders to find a solution that works. For some, it’s the emissions trading scheme. For others, it’s a carbon tax. What is agreed by all is that New Zealand has signed up to the Paris Agreement obligations to limit warming below 2C, and to aim to reduce net emissions to zero in order to keep warming below 1.5C – and that means acting fast, and acting together. End quote.

The Paris Accord was non binding, and significant countries, such as the USA have pulled out of it. In spite of that, emissions from the USA have dropped dramatically over the last few years. So we don’t need to be part of the Paris Accord, seeing that nobody of any importance is now observing it. And remember something else. Even if we reduced our temperatures to zero every day in New Zealand, the overall effect on the cooling of the planet would be negligible. We are just not that significant as emitters or polluters. But, don’t let that little fact get in the way, whatever you do. Quote:

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said climate change is her generation’s nuclear-free moment. It may well be, but it is also her generation’s world war, a chance for Parliamentarians to come together in something resembling a 1940s coalition of wartime unity.

Perhaps it’s that rhetoric that would resonate with the elderly woman at this week’s public meeting. End quote.

This is not a world war. There can be no comparison, Jonathan Milne. Here is what I think of your ‘coalition of wartime unity’. You have no idea what absolute rubbish you spout. You are comparing a few hot summers and some desertification around the planet to the Blitz, to nightly air raid attacks on Britain, to 11 million Jews being slaughtered for nothing more than being Jewish, to the deaths of, in the end, over 60 million people, (including 15 million soldiers), to concentration camps and gulags, to Russians under siege being starved or frozen to death, to thousands tortured and killed in South East Asia, to women raped and turned into ‘comfort women’. To propaganda and atrocities on a scale never seen before. Such idiotic rhetoric would not resonate with the ‘elderly woman at this week’s public meeting’ because, chances are, she grew up in the war years, and she knows a bit about real hardship and deprivation. Unlike you.

I had a philosophy lecturer at university in the 1970s who used to say that once people start saying that (for example) the Nazis weren’t so bad really, then it is time for another war. Jonathan Milne is proof of that. Trouble is, we just may get that war soon, with the way things are going in Europe. Then, Mr Milne, you will realise that a few hot summers were things to be truly cherished. It won’t seem like a ‘world war’ then, believe me.


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