Most of the analysis of Rudd’s spectacular decline in popularity point to his decision to backtrack on implementing an Emissions Trading Scheme – so it’s worth taking a minute to point and laugh at people like Fran O’Sullivan and Charles Finny who advised Key to imitate Rudd’s cowardice and delay introduction of our own ETS in perpetuity.
There’s an (inevitable) Downfall video about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. As usual Hitler makes a lot of excellent points, but everytime I see those maps of the extent of the spill and it’s impact on the ocean I remember that most of the oil we extract is burned, turned into gas and expelled into the atmosphere. The Deepwater Horizon spill accounts for less than 0.1% of all oil extracted globally on a daily basis – look what it’s done to the local environment in a few weeks. Imagine a thousand times that amount of CO2 getting released into the atmosphere every day for a hundred years (of course the atmosphere is much larger than the ocean – although much of it gets absorbed back into the ocean). Remember that the position of the deniers is that this activity has no impact on our environment and can continue in perpetuity.