By the looks of the polls John Key might be talking to Rodney Hide about the environment next week. That’s certainly how Hide is positioning himself in the lead up to tomorrow’s vote.
John, you gotta get the country out of this Emissions Trading Scam.
Hide and his party are the only remaining confirmed climate skeptics/deniers on our parliamentary spectrum. That at least gives them some moral credibility to take the stance they do on greenhouse gas emissions, unlike National and Labour who now agree with the overwhelming scientific evidence that climate change is happening and that it is caused by us human, and yet have allowed carbon emissions to continue to rise, year in, year out, for nearly two decades since signing up to our Kyoto commitments.
The worry is that Hide not only wants to slow the glacial advance (hmm, that’s the wrong metaphor) towards carbon neutral communities, he wants to move in the opposite direction. Hot Topic dissects Hide’s appalling media release here:
No, “the UN” hasn’t admitted that the globe stopped warming in 1998. Because it didn’t. This is something so easily checked that you might expect Hide to show some regard for veracity – but his pronouncements on climate change show no interest in the truth.
If Key does end up in the position of choosing who he will work with to form a government next week he should think very carefully about the damage he could do, not just to his international reputation, before it is even born, but to one of our last chances to be part of the international commitment to address the biggest challenge of our time. He should choose his friends wisely. And remember the words of Rajendra Pachauri, head of the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and real climate scientist (unlike Rodney Hide):
If there’s no action before 2012, that’s too late. What we do in the next two to three years will determine our future. This is the defining moment.