Electorate hides behind National’s do-nothing climate change policyPosted: May 6, 2014
The Editor, The Sunday Star-Times, Auckland
30 April, 2014
In defence of correspondent Dr. Russell Tregonning he is right in pointing out that scientific opinion based on mountains of evidence is nearly unanimous that climate change is happening and influenced by human intervention mostly in the form of carbon emissions. I’m sure (27 April) correspondents Mel Davis and Mike Vinson know this despite their protestations to the contrary.
But it is useful to occasionally print letters like theirs in order to help us understand the current political situation in New Zealand. Their open desperation is not really all that different from the mood of the middle electorate. Time and again columnists and analysts have wondered how the National government’s popularity has been able to survive (thrive?) so many of their own stumbles, incompetency and insults. They have been looking in the wrong place.
National’s steady support comes primarily from their steady know nothing, do nothing policy on climate change. The electorate has in effect demanded the government create the fog which surrounds us and keeps us wandering around like zombies re climate change. This shouldn’t be surprizing, really. The scope of change required is fundamental and immediate. Do we want to give up the exploitation ideology which some falsely describe as part of “human nature”? The consensus on that is yet to emerge, though global corporations are surging ahead applying that ideology. To move on would be challenging but ultimately empowering on this small planet.
published 4 May with the nearly-sarcastic description of the electorate as zombies edited out.