The Carbon Zero Act is meaningless sophistry. Let’s be clear, if you think maybe doing something in 31 years is a solution to the climate crisis, then you are the problem! But the real political danger with the do nothing Carbon Zero Act is two fold. The first is that it allows National and Labour to pretend to be doing something about climate change when they aren’t and the second is that it paints the Greens into a go no where idealogical corner.
Now the blue-green Sustainability NZ has launched, the vacant nothingness of the Greens middle class consensus making over the Carbon Zero Act is stripped bare because when you remove the deeply alienating identity politics of the Greens, there is no actual economic difference between Sustainability NZ and the NZ Green Party.
The Greens actual economic model is pure free market liberalism in gender neutral drag – all they want to do is include the price of pollution in the cost & let the market do the rest.
Have you ever been to a Green Party conference? It’s a whiter shade of beige. These days it’s wall to wall with ‘ethical entrepreneurs’ that ugly middle class blue-green colour that bruises turn after a severe beating.
They all see NZ’s pure clean reputation as an economic branding advantage and they want the Greens to champion that cause. If you actually read the Green Party economics policy, it’s about setting the market conditions to allow the free market to work towards that benefit, and that is what underpins the Carbon Zero Act, the misplaced belief that business as usual can occur with just the right market dynamics in action.
The Greens stopped being a socialist party the second Sue Bradford lost the co-leadership race in 2009. From that point on it’s been a free market neoliberal economic agenda, James Shaw, a former corporate greenwash lobbyist to Coke-Cola, signed up to Grant Robertson’s promise to be as economically ruthless as National for our corporate overlords without any problems whatsoever because such an agreement is of no issue to the Greens because they are pro-market, not anti.
They are a middle class vehicle for woke identity politics with a neoliberal economic policy framework, their only ‘state intervention’ is to force the cost of pollution into the final price SO THAT the market does the rest.
How is that indistinguishable from Sustainability NZ who economically believe the exact same thing?
Once that truth is naked and bare, you can see why Sustainability NZ can easily syphon enough votes off the Greens to bring them under 5%.
Post the 2020 election NZ will desperately be needing a radical socialist green political vehicle.