Dear Rodney Hide, If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? I’m guessing you’d say ‘no’. At least that was my conclusion from reading your recent column ‘A Very Long List of Last Chances’ on the Paris Climate Summit, which starts today.
“A UN meeting? To save the planet? Last chance for Earth? Yawn,” you concluded, as you once again dismissed the work of a devastating majority of climate scientists in favour of your own opinion.
Meanwhile, at about the same time you were scribbling your epistle, Pacific leaders were in Fiji, discussing what you would probably describe as the imaginary rising of the sea around their homes, causing, among other things, a massive resurgence in climate-influenced diseases such as typhoid, leptospirosis and dengue fever, of which there were 20,000 cases in Fiji alone last year.
Perhaps you and Bill English could inform the residents of Kiribati that the salt water invading their precious fresh water catchments is all in their imagination and purely ‘speculative’?
Why do you listen to the advice of the scientist who says you should take iodine in your salt? Who advises the use of sunscreen? Who forecasts the weather? Yet climate scientists are simply making it up?
Perhaps it’s time to descend from the ivory tower, chaps, and realise that the things that you say will never happen already are.