Thanks to reader The Silent Majority for sending me the above quote from John Key’s campaign blog.
Silent Majority sums up the flip-flop:
Well we are the world leader now John Key, way out in front, leading the charge, putting our businesses, farmers and exporters at risk, jobs will be lost, beef and sheep farms will convert to forestry, small rural communities will struggle, costs will go up across the board, for everyone, and our noble efforts will make not one iota of difference to the world climate.
When the facts change, John Key, intelligent people are willing to change their mind. You are an intelligent man John Key, so change your mind, before it is too late.
Perhaps that should be ‘change your mind back.’
Because as Opposition Leader, he had it right.
Yet as Prime Minister, little more than a year later, he became the world’s first national leader to pass a law punishing carbon-based life forms for emitting carbon.
In doing so, he ignored a slew of evidence that the world has been much warmer in the past than even the most extreme warm-monger says it’s likely to get in the future – and that those warm times were times of great abundance and prosperity.
He refused to look at evidence that the evidence of his advisors was not evidence at all.
Instead, he chose to believe a theory put about by a discredited religious sect masquerading as scientists, who base their claims on doctored computer models that dissolve on contact with reality.
John Key won’t delay the ETS, as the more sensible Australians and Americans have done.
Because he simply doesn’t listen to anyone outside the NIWA/ Environment Ministry climate clique.
Just as they don’t listen to anyone outside the increasingly comical IPCC (Intergovernmental Perpetrators of Climate Cockups).
And so to July 1, and the aforementioned expense to our economy. Power prices up. Petrol prices up. All other prices up.
All because of John Key and Nick Smith’s determination to lead the world in saddling their people with a pointless solution to a non-problem.
In a future post, I’ll publish a transcript of an interview that shows you how thoroughly the PM has been captured by one side of the climate debate.
In the meantime, you might ponder why John Key and Nick Smith would change their minds so completely on this issue from their time in Opposition.
Could it be the Nats are locking in those female urban liberal green votes “at the expense of our economy”?