Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Tell John Key not to be a Rodney!

My friend Morgue is concerned about National's pandering to ACT on climate change denial. So, he’d like you to write to John Key with a simple message: don't be a Rodney, be like Barack:

When it comes to climate change, John Key is out of step. He's bowing his head to Rodney Hide and stalling on crucial emissions legislation. But this is no time for waiting around!

The world is watching. On Tuesday 18 November, Barack Obama made a powerful statement that was heard around the globe: "Now is the time to confront this challenge once and for all. Delay is no longer an option. Denial is no longer an acceptable response. The stakes are too high. The consequences, too serious."

Delay? Denial? He's talking about Rodney!

It's time for the 96% of us who didn't vote for Rodney to speak up. We still have time to make things right - and in his first weeks in the job, we know John Key will be listening.

So give yourself a voice, and tell John Key not to be a Rodney - tell him to be like Barack.

As for what to say, he has the basic points here: a large select committee, so that every party is represented; no review of the basic science (that's just embarrassing); and a narrow focus on how best to meet our Kyoto and UNFCCC obligations and reduce emissions. Letters do make a difference, at the least by letting politicians know that their decisions will have a political cost. So bang something together, print it, and post a hardcopy to John Key, Prime Minister, Parliament Buildings, Wellington. You don't even need a stamp! Alternatively, if you'd rather save paper, you can email him at

Your voice makes a difference. So tell John Key not to be a Rodney today!