Oh for the love of Christ, if we could harness all the misplaced smug self congratulations over the Zero Carbon Act we could solve the energy needs of the entire planet overnight!
The only reason there has been so much cross Party support for the Zero Carbon Act is because it doesn’t fucking do anything!
Being Carbon neutral by 2050 is NOT a response to the climate crisis!
Comrades, I believe passionately that the climate crisis is an existential threat to us as a species every bit as dangerous as the war against Fascism, what this do nothing go nowhere bit of legislation promises is that after Germany invades Poland in 1939, we will be in a position to defeat the Nazi’s by 1970!
By 2030, over 50% of the oceans will be collapsing as bio-habitats.
By 2030, East Coast cities in the U.S. can expect to see two to three-times as many flooding incidents.
By 2030, 122million will be driven into extreme poverty as direct result of climate change.
By 2030, 100million will die as a direct consequence of climate change.
By 2030, even if the Paris Agreement is actually implemented, we will see a planet warm to 3.4 degrees by the end of this century meaning there will effectively be no future civilisation capable of surviving on a planet that warm.
2030, the number of extremely hot days — classified as maximum temperatures of more than 35C — are tipped to climb in all capital cities.
But don’t fret folks, by 2050 NZ might be carbon neutral!
The only reason National and their farmer mates are on board is because this doesn’t do a bloody thing! If this sophistry is a ‘win’, your definition of ‘win’ is as meaningless as this Government’s definition of ‘transformative’.
If Climate Change is this Generations nuclear free moment, the Zero Carbon Act is David Lange farting in an elevator.