To the National Caucus from Barry Brill (Chairman, NZCSC) 27 April 2010

Dear Nikki

Will Shakespeare said:

"There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.
Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat.
And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures."

The tide of anthropogenic global warming is ebbing - fast. The ETS tax was rushed through in December when the tide was still flowing. Only days later, at Copenhagen, it turned.

Now people began to hear the criticisms. Climategate and doctored figures..the many flaws in the IPCC.. no warming this century.. missing heat and data.. money scams and carbon frauds.. NIWAgate in NZ.

The political tide turned. All over the developed world, opinion polls picked up the air of disillusion - suddenly, the emperor had no clothes.

In the USA, it adds definition to the left/right partisan divide - a lightning rod issue for tribal loyalties. No "believer" was electable in Republican primaries.
Malcolm Turnbull died on this issue. Now Rudd has decided he will not fight on this plank.
This week, Sen Lindsey Graham has abandoned "Cap 'n Trade", so there will be no US legislation this year (or ever).

As the tide retreats, NZ is left stranded like a lonely shag on a rock. Why? Where were our centre-right politicians?

Barry Brill