James Shaw was completely right about Simon Bridges being a climate denier…
Climate Change Minister James Shaw has burned National leader Simon Bridges, accusing him of spreading “fear and misinformation”.
In a scathing speech at the Green Party’s annual meeting, Shaw said Bridges was guilty of “desperate” and “dangerous” climate change denial.
Culturally and politically NZ doesn’t like to try meaning our climate denial has to be as laid back as our anti-intellectualism. Simon doesn’t outwardly state that he doesn’t believe the science, that would open him to ridicule, instead he’s a slow follower and he demands that we don’t be ‘alarmist’ about the climate crisis. Bridges understands that climate change isn’t a science issue, it’s a culture issue.
The vast majority of climate deniers in NZ are National Party voters, who also just happen to be the polluters who profit most from the current do nothing policy and Simon offers them the opportunity to continue doing nothing.
So James is completely right to attack National for being climate deniers.
However, if the climate crisis is the danger that James Shaw claims, and it is…
…so if the climate crisis is the existential threat Shaw claims it is, then the current policy direction of the Greens goes no where in combating that threat.
The Greens allow Farmers to continue to shirk their obligations (when the change is needed now), the Greens are shutting down future oil and gas (when the change is needed now), the Greens are promising to be carbon neutral in 31 years (when the change is needed now) and the Greens signed off on a deal with our Corporate Overlords to not borrow the money our economy needs to reinvest in a sustainable future.
So James is right to attack Simon for not taking Climate Change seriously, but everything he has to date put up as a solution is as underwhelming as being handed an umbrella on a beach to protect you from a tsunami.