Like most everyone I frame my opinions on personal experience, thus I habitually view environmentalists as the most miserable, obstructive, objectionable, people-hating ratbags on the planet. It now seems Australian Greens may be in a special obnoxious class of their own.
The above Bill Leak editorial cartoon from The Australian depicts Australian Greens spokesperson Sarah Hanson-Young on the left and Greens Leader Christine Milne in typical mode – whatever it is they’re against it and there must be some way to tax it until it can be eliminated. After all, the “science is settled” and it says people are bad and development is worse.
Andrew Bolt has a brief item up today suggesting our Greens are a special case:
When our Greens embarrass even other Greens…
Peter Costello coy on his encounter in Berlin with Green and former German foreign minister Joschka Fischer in The Spectator Australia:
HIS robust defence of the West is music to my ears, but unlike anything I have heard an Australian Green say. I ask him his opinion of the Australian Greens. I cannot repeat his reply but it made me realise that our indigenous Greens are not only extreme by Australian standards. They are at the outer reaches of international Greenism as well.
Maybe… I’ll take it under advisement. That said I’ve yet to see evidence of a single redeeming feature in their antidevelopment philosophy. The only option with any chance of success for an improvement in the lot of all people and desirable environmental quality is development. Full-on, flat-out, no-regrets development. There is no other way to bring disadvantaged people out of poverty and the impoverished simply can’t view their environment from any perspective other than available nourishment, fuel and/or shelter – the eat it, burn it or live in it perspective of immediate need. Since when has any green done anything but obstruct that imperative?