The Daily Bork

February 16, 2005

More Kyoto crap

Of course the day that the travesty that is the Kyoto protocol goes into effect, we have the NZ Greens getting all despondent:

NZ is a long way from meeting its Kyoto commitments

Labour is to be congratulated for ratifying the Kyoto Protocol, which takes legal effect today, but it needs to do much more to ensure that New Zealand actually meets its resulting commitments, says Green Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons.

Should read: we hope they don't do more otherwise we won't have a platform to scare the shit out of gullible middleclass folks.

A fair amount of blither later:

“To meet our Kyoto target there needs to be real commitment to energy efficiency through both funding and regulation and serious vehicle fuel efficiency standards to discourage the purchase of SUVs and other gas-guzzlers. We also need a serious commitment to solar energy and biomass fuels including wood.

Ah how long did you think it would take for SUVs to appear here? Of course she deliberately neglects to mention that fuel efficiency gains are cancelled out by the fact that people drive more fuel efficient cars further. But mentioning that would negate the guilt she is trying to load on the average family. She did get one thing right, they seriously need to be committed. Solar energy? NZ is called "the land of the long white cloud" for a good reason. Biomass fuels? Isn't that going to release CO2 as an end product somewhere?

“On a more fundamental level, if the Government is to truly and permanently reduce New Zealand’s carbon emissions, it must abandon growth in GDP as its over-arching goal and replace it with growth in human wellbeing and quality of life, to ensure a truly sustainable economy.

And out comes the anti-growth line so beloved of these forons. It has still escaped them that some growth is necessary to maintain wellbeing and an economy, actually I don't think it has but it isn't truly a concern for them. They are anti-human and only interested in their twisted little vision of some Rousseauean noble-savage paradise with them wisely ruling over the ignorant huddles of villages.

With the latest research showing catastrophic climate change may be irreversible in ten years, all countries should realise that this new round must lead to rapid and substantive reductions in carbon emissions.

Nothing like finding a single dodgy report and banging on about it as if it is gospel handed down by the Lord. 10 years my arse.


  • Ten years ago they were saying "catastrophic climate change may be irreversible in ten years" and now they're saying "catastrophic climate change may be irreversible in ten years". Ten years from now, 50 years, 100 years from now they'll be saying the same thing. It's always ten years from now.

    By Blogger Jay, at 1:25 pm  

  • With these plonkers it is more the fact that it is election year and the Kyoto protocol is this years beat-up to scare the plebs. Last election it was GE food, when a book sparking a GE corn scare was conveniently published just ahead of the election. They seem to be more desperate this time though, they lost their only constituency seat last time and are unlikely to win one now so need to rely on the MMP system to deliver them power. Currently they are polling below the 5% threshold, so they have probably got the wind up. Unfortunately these minor scare-issue parties tend to manage to scrape in come election time, but there is always hope they will consigned to oblivion given the swing in attitudes in other similar countries like the US and Australia.

    By Blogger Chefen, at 2:05 pm  

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