Greenpeace seems strangely surprised at John Key’s statement that George Bush and John Howard are “going in the right direction” on climate change and his refusal to criticise them for not signing up to Kyoto.
Here’s Greenpeace executive director Bunny McDiarmid:
John Key’s support for John Howard and George Bush’s stance on climate change is nothing short of frightening… These are the two leaders who are doing their best to derail the Kyoto process at APEC, in order to avoid taking real action on climate change.
Bush and Howard first denied climate change was even an issue, and have since fought tooth and nail to avoid taking any responsibility for it. To say they are heading in the right direction is just wrong.
For John Key to support this stance makes a complete mockery of his previous claim that his party takes climate change very seriously.
Bunny’s mistake is to assume that National ever took climate change seriously. Surely he’d remember it was National who led the idiotic campaign against the so-called ‘fart tax’, and it was National who campaigned against Kyoto in the 2005 election.
Even the newly repackaged John Key said climate change was a hoax before he realised this would hurt his electoral chances:
“This a complete and utter hoax, if I may say so. The impact of the Kyoto Protocol, even if one believes in global warming and – I am somewhat suspicious of it – is that we will see billions and billions of dollars poured into fixing something that we are not even sure is a problem.”
One thing is clear: When John Key says National is serious about climate change, he’s just telling you whatever it takes to get elected. As yesterday’s comments show, his real views lie a lot closer to those of his ideological brethren, John Howard and George Bush. So why does anyone take him or his party seriously?