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7:58 am, August 26th, 2019 - 85 comments
Categories: act, climate change, Environment, global warming, national, same old national, science, us politics - Tags: matt king, muriel newman, new zealand centre for political research, nzcpr
Remember Muriel Newman, the former ACT MP who had decidedly strange views on race and science? Since the electors showed her the door she has been involved in the New Zealand Centre for Political Research, a right wing astroturf organisation that is that awful the Tax Payer’s Union appears to be slick and well organised in comparison.
But it seems they have one fan in Parliament, National backbench MP Matt King who has been recycling their plaigarised climate change nonsense on the basis that their scientifically inept analysis poses legitimate questions.
From Lana Andelane in Newshub:
National MP Matt King has shared the belief that climate change “is natural” after posting a rant, taken from a US far-right source, to his Facebook page on Saturday.
The National MP for Northland attributed his rant to “some words taken from NZCPR website”. The article ‘Setting New Zealand Up to Fail’ was uploaded to the New Zealand Centre for Political Research website last Sunday. It includes an adapted script taken from a 2012 video by Free Market America – but swaps out ‘America’ for New Zealand.
“If I wanted New Zealand to fail… I’d use our schools to teach one generation of children that our factories and cars and cows are causing runaway global warming, and I’d muster a straight face so I could teach the next generation that their parents are to blame for killing the planet,” says a section from the adapted script, posted by King and NZCPR.
“And when it’s cold outside, I’d call it climate change instead.
“I would ridicule as ‘deniers’ those who question the climate scaremongering of politicians, and when they remind people about the laws of nature – that climate change is natural and mankind’s impact is minimal – I’d enlist a sympathetic media to drown them out.”
It appears that King edited the original post as the social media bush fire set off.
As the Amazon and Indonesia burn and the North Pole melts it is incredible that we still have a Member of Parliament wanting to question the science. The last thing that New Zealand politics needs is a right wing politician willing to engage in some good old climate change denialism for political brownie points.