Thursday, October 05, 2006



Going Green?

There's a pair of interesting opinion pieces, one from Colin James in the Business Herald (offline, but up here in a day or two), and the other from Vernon Small in the Dominion-Post, suggesting that National is about to reverse its long-standing opposition to the Kyoto Protocol and action on climate change as part of a broader effort to "go green". This is welcome; National accepting that there is in fact a problem will make it that much easier for the government to pursue solutions, and a British-style environmental bidding-war between the major parties can only be good for the environment as a whole. At the same time, I think National has a bit of a credibility problem here, in that they are led by an outright climate change denier. And even if Don Brash publicly recanted that position while emerging from a screening of "An Inconvenient Truth" and carrying a copy of The Weather Makers, would anyone really believe him? Or would they think (based on his demonstrated lack of integrity and his belief in "a moral obligation to lie") that he was simply saying whatever he thought would get him elected, and that his environmental promises would quietly be forgotten the moment he gained power in favour of the singlemined pursuit of tax cuts for the rich? My money is on the latter.

3 comments:

That's nice, but how about some actual work to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. From Labour or National?

The point of Kyoto is that it provides you with incentives to curb greenhouse gas emission by charging you big bucks if you don't. Doing that and then failing to act to curve greenhouse gas emissions is just STUPID.

It's like asking a friend to thump you if they see you smoking cigarettes - and then not actually giving up smoking.

Posted by Icehawk : 10/06/2006 03:36:00 PM

Brash has all sorts of links with the climate change deniers.

When Gov of Reserve Bank he used to trek over to London every year to give a speech to the International Policy Network.

The IPN is one of the UK's main climate change sceptic machines - and receives funding from - yep, you guessed it - Exxon.

and you're right, icehawk, there's little difference between Labour and National today. National still rejects Kyoto (a new global treaty - yeah right, like we've got the time to sort that out - kyoto took long enough!). and very reluctantly accepts that climate change poses a risk but still highlighting the uncertainties.

bit like Exxon really.

Posted by Anonymous : 10/06/2006 04:54:00 PM

Anonymous,
Bottom line is kyoto isn't sufficent. If you don't have time to sort out another treaty it is all over - you might as well stop fighting it move inland and buy yourself some air conditioning equipment.

I'd say it is an inditement of the international system.

Posted by Genius : 10/06/2006 06:20:00 PM