Twenty years I went to a Young Nats gathering at the Ashley River. Nick Smith was there. River was damn’ near dry with all the hot weather we used to have then.
Nick struck me as a nice bloke. Sincere and balanced. Never would have guessed he’d turn into a crazy climate change “beeelieeeevuh”.
“I can assure you that the government has investigated the evidence on the science of climate change from a number of different sources and I can appreciate that there are many different perspectives on the matter. However, the government is convinced that climate change is a serious and legitimate issue and that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) provides the most reliable information on climate change science. In its most recent assessment, the IPCC states that the evidence for climate change is unequivocal, that humankind’s emissions are very likely the cause of these changes and that, unless action is taken to reduce emissions, dangerous changes in the climate system will result.”
Hon. Nick Smith, Minister for Climate Change Issues, in response to submissions on New Zealand’s 2020 Emissions Target, 2009.
Sad, very sad.
Hat Tip Muriel Newman