A month before it began I wrote slamming the Glasgow climate conference as a show-ponies’ parade of parasites, epitomised by the NZ Green Party’s leader, Shaw, taking 10 no less delegates at readers expense. There is no way that can be explained other than as a taxpayer funded jaunt. It says heaps about our media that they’ve failed to grill Shaw as to who his ten fellow holiday-makers were.
I don’t make light of global warming but a conference of 30,000 is plainly farcical. That’s a full stadium of people.
In the event the sessions were noteworthy for their small audiences. Scott Morrison who has absolutely no intention of doing anything about coal-mining, now Australia’s major export, rose and in his customary fashion, bellowed vague future intentions, as noted by the Australian media, to an empty hall.
My Glasgow office reported a bonanza for the city’s restaurants, much needed after their lengthy covid lockdown.
God knows who invited her to represent New Zealand but a young part maori woman, one of a number of young females from different parts of the world, gave speeches before the formal opening, fortunately in the case of the New Zealand girl, to an empty hall.
Described as an activist which as we know is the noun for idlers forever protesting about everyones activities, she talked world-class tosh about colonialism. Had it not been for colonialism she would never have existed.
Once underway the major speakers garnered plenty of news-coverage world-wide but scarcely a peep thereafter has occurred in the print media anywhere as normal life has resumed.
As I’ve written before, this issue exposes the hard realities of the political divide.
The left constantly insult their fellow men and women as saboteurs destroying the globe.
The arrogance and stupidity is extraordinary. No human effort is capable of destroying the globe. In its billions of years of existence it’s had numerous ice-ages, hot periods, floods and droughts.
All human material progress has done is increase extreme weather events, primarily with floods, droughts and forest fires etc. The earth has always had floods, droughts and forest fires without any human input. But with 55% of humanity now living in cities, their impact is dramatic, not on the bloody globe as half-wit humanity hating lefties would have it, but on people, and specially with floods.
Take forest fires. They’ve been a perennial in Australia long before European occupation. Throughout my child-hood in the 1940s and 1950s and up until the 1970s my clear memory every summer was the Hutt Valley covered with smoke from Australian bush fires. Then the wind direction shifted slightly and I gather Hawkes Bay has since copped them occasionally.
The political right, positive by nature, take a diametrically opposite view than the left. Far from pumping out venom about humanity’s sins, they are excited about the challenge global warming poses.
It’s strictly a science issue and already there’s marvelous breakthroughs everywhere which will eventually see the end of fossil fuel usage. We’re not far off electric cars being the norm, while an American company has finally produced electricity via fusion power at an electricity consumption less than the output. Only fractionally mind you, but giving enormous hope for all the other nations beavering away on this. In the interim nations run by grown-ups are re-embracing nuclear power.
I will be a consumer of nuclear power in a few months time. Why? Because I’ll be in my Parisian home and will turn the lights on, etc, etc.
In Iceland a machine is now operating, sucking carbon from the air and converting it to solid boulders which have diverse uses. And so it goes.
For bright kids the future is exciting. Forget about nonsensical sociology and media studies or law degrees etc. Go for science and join in the challenge.
Meanwhile the worst thing the world can do is panic and start punishing the public with taxes on flying and driving and so on.
A good analogy how to handle this is the covid experience. Closing down everyday life has proven disastrous, including here in New Zealand. The Swedes showed the way, namely live with it with appropriate cautions and now they’re the envy of Europe, sufficient time having elapsed to assess the outcome, albeit still not over.