You can pass a law saying it

Jacinda Ardern’s landmark climate legislation has passed in New Zealand parliament, with historic cross-party support, committing the nation to reduce its carbon emissions to zero by 2050 and meet its commitments under the Paris climate accords.

But it’s not going to happen, is it? Not because someone’s passed a law at least…..

26 comments on “You can pass a law saying it

  1. No wonder the All Blacks crashed out of the World Cup if the nation has been transforned into virtue signalling snowflakes.

  2. Every stupid NZ eco-freak poli-porkesr needs the living shite beaten out of them–and then dumped out in the wilds to try and survive as a techno-pariahs. Denied all help from ALL technology–even the ownership of an iron spade. Their rapid and nasty deaths would serve as a reminder to all ecofreak scum everywhere just how “nice” Mother fucking Gaia really is.

  3. The vegan ones will have even less to keep them warm if they cannot wear anything made from animals or mined materials. Even cotton would have to be processed without the help of anything mined. I reckon that underwear is going to be itchy.

  4. Way back when even I was young, the favourite story about this sort of thing was Canute telling the tide to stop coming in. Entertaining to see that we’re dumber today than we were about 1000 years ago.

  5. @Boganboy

    King Cnut (original spelling) is often portrayed as vain but was in fact attempting to demonstrate that he was not (as his courtiers kept telling him) imbued with godlike powers.

  6. @Arthur the Cat

    Interesting that it was a parody aimed at creationists.

    A similar protest against creationism led to the new religion of Pastifarianism.

  7. I have expressed similar views to those of Mr Ecks for a while now, although without the violence. If fossil fuel burning and emitting CO2 is so bad why don’t those who are against it stop using anything that contributes to it? When it dawns on them that in the modern world that means quite literally everything, they will have a choice, either starve/freeze to death or STFU.

  8. Stonyground,

    There’s a few things that we could change, and quite practically, like taking buses instead of driving, doing a lot less flying, but you aren’t going to shift much in the way of washing, heating and refrigeration.

    One of the ironies about the environment is that if we really went all Extinction Rebellion, women would be back in the home. No fridge, no freezer, no cars? That means not using supermarkets, it means not storing a week’s food away. It means buying food for a day or 2 and storing it in a pantry.

  9. @Arthur T Cat…

    Can’t remember when I first saw this…

    It’s been an ambition of mine
    a new value of Pi to assign,
    I’d set it at 3
    ’cause it’s easier you see
    than 3.14159.

  10. A few comments.

    – The only thing wrong with Ecks plan is the deaths will be rapid, surely they should be made to suffer long, lingering deaths?
    – This law is already on the UK statute books, so we shouldn’t be laughing at them.
    – This is going to be an interesting decade. There is no more kicking the can down the road. Although billions have been wasted on windmills etc. with conventional generation systems making up the shortfall when the wind doesn’t blow. It’s increased bills sure, and probably a few thousand pensioners have died a winter soon than they would have done, and other households have been pushed into poverty. But in the grand scheme of things most anger has been deflected by blaming the “greedy” energy companies. But now the changes are going to hurt. Badly, and people will notice. I can see three possible outcomes. The elites back down from this nonsense, or at least wind it back so it doesn’t hurt too badly. Or they go ahead with the range of possible outcomes varying between Venezuela if we’re lucky, or Pol Pot’s Cambodia in the worst case. Or we kill them. I’m not taking any bets.
    – Finally 2020 is when the compensation payments to 3rd World countries should kick in. Let’s see if the French for example pony up the money. I’m taking bets they won’t.

  11. BoM4,

    Why the hell would anyone want to fly less?

    MrsBud and I just flew 4000km business class return to see a horse race (Melbourne Cup). I typically fly twice a month on business and once for leisure. Our first class flights early next year are already booked. Our flights are every bit as important as Prince Harry’s, Leornardo DiCaprio’s and Al Gore’s, though if those hypocrites stopped flying completely, we’d still fly.

    And buses are right out, sharing a space with loud mouthed, smelly chavs / bogans is not an option.

  12. “One of the ironies about the environment is that if we really went all Extinction Rebellion, women would be back in the home. No fridge, no freezer, no cars? That means not using supermarkets, it means not storing a week’s food away. It means buying food for a day or 2 and storing it in a pantry.”

    Yes, and we’d be up to third world levels of food waste. Which exceed 50% or more, farmer’s field to consumer.

  13. BoM4, re buses vs car, I had just such an argument with an acquaintance this morning. He was bemoaning the 8 mile round trip to drop his kids off at school taking 45 minutes plus. I said why don’t the kids go by bus. No, too expensive, can’t afford it. They talk the talk but can’t walk the walk. On the other hand he is barking mad and believes phone masts are microwaving the atmosphere.

  14. At least the law excludes agricultural methane emissions which comprise 32% of NZ’s total CO2e emissions so those of us who can afford the higher prices of food to cover production will still be to eat in theory at least. This of course means ZeroCarbon actually means cutting by two thirds but in Jacinda world that is the same thing and because it’s Jacinda she’ll get a free ride for this.

    The only ray of hope is that the opposition National Party appear to have agreed to pass this law under duress as objecting to it would be electoral suicide. With a General Election next year and the current ruling coalition simultaneously falling apart, losing popularity and looking more and more incompetent with each passing day, the National Party position could simply be an attempt to not get in the way while your enemies are making mistakes. Once in power I doubt the National Party would enforce the necessary policies with any particular zeal.

    On the flip side, I lived through the ‘Cameron is a Tory but is pretending not to be just to get elected and when he is PM he’ll go full-bore conservative’ nonsense so I am fully aware of the forlorn hope underpinning my argument.

  15. It’s been an ambition of mine
    a new value of Pi to assign,
    I’d set it at 3
    ’cause it’s easier you see
    than 3.14159.

    As anyone who’s done any electrical or other types of engineering will know that unless π’s in a calculation cancel out the answer is always given in the form of xπ. No need to remember weird numbers and give inaccurate answers.

  16. Ahhhh buses, such fun, today I was squeezed in next to a person smelling of booze at 7:15am and a colleague was late after the police had to be called to deal with a mentally deranged idiot screaming at everyone on the bus, in fact I’m hoping the announced transit strike will escalate so I can work from home more

  17. Maybe it means the end of All Blacks tours and they will only participate in the World Cup if it’s in NZ, but then tickets will only be sold to people who live within 10miles of the stadium

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