The electoral troubles of the green bullies
Anyone following the recent G20 will be aware that skeptical politicians, such as Australia’s Tony Abbott and Canada’s Steve Harper, have been subject to intense public pressure from prominent greens like President Obama, to change their public position on climate change. What is less apparent is that all of the most prominent climate bullies appear to be on the brink of losing power, due to a voter backlash back home, against their extreme green policies, and other policy failures.
President Hollande, the greenest of the EU politicians, is plumbing record levels of unpopularity in France;
Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain just got nailed twice (second time in the last few days) by the upstart United Kingdom Independence Party, in high profile by-elections. As an indication of UKIP’s position on climate change, a few years ago, UKIP’s climate spokesman was Lord Monckton.
Chancellor Merkel of Germany is facing electoral difficulties on the home front, losing ground to euro skeptics (it is not clear if the challengers are climate skeptics, but the challengers are strongly pro business, anti EU);
We all know what happened to Obama – how he and his climate policies were soundly rejected in the US midterm elections.
The question – could here and now really be the last show of strength by green politicians, before voters back home sweep them and their policies into the dustbin of history? Will green politics soon be a thing of the past?