But war is just one dystopian outcome of a world undergoing climate change according to the highest levels of the US Government. And while at the lower level of politics Republican politicians deny it – there is no controversy from those higher up the chain that human activity is causing greenhouse gas levels to rise which is having a direct effect on extreme weather patterns: warming the sea – melting ice shelves – drying out soils – and so forth.
But hang on a minute mate: in New Zealand we know better than all that. They may have the CIA and the Pentagon and scientists and researchers on the case but do they have the indefinably excellent Climate Change Minister Tim Groser?
Because surely if they did they could dispense with all that expensive research. They could do what we’ve done here in New Zealand: not even bother pretending they’re interested in climate change science. For example they could publish a consultation document talking up the costs of getting greenhouse gas emissions under control (while downplaying the cost of inaction). Hold public meetings where no lawmakers appear. Force people to make public submissions in a very short space of time.
After getting up to 17,000 submissions they could ‘go Kiwi’ and ignore the vast bulk of them. In particular ignore one from the Royal Society of New Zealand – made up of the country’s top scientists.
The society says the world has to stay below the global average warming of 2C – after which droughts – temperature extremes and wildfires will wreak havoc.
‘Significant action must be taken as a matter of urgency’ it warns. ‘It is not appropriate to do nothing now – for example by claiming that we must wait for the quality of predictions to improve or other larger emitters to take action’.
And ‘as one of the globe’s highest per-capita emitters of greenhouse gases New Zealand has an opportunity to demonstrate leadership in reducing its emissions’. The society recommends a target for New Zealand of 40 per cent reduction in net emissions (below 1990 gross emission levels) by 2030.