Rodney Hide thinks that climate change is all a big scam.
He's wrong. Straight-up wrong, no two ways about it. There is massive agreement that climate change is real, and it is caused by our lifestyles - and particularly by our carbon emissions.
The climate scientists agree. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is an enormous, reputable, incredible project that has run for many years to cautiously review knowledge in dozens of fields about climate change - and it all shows that climate change is real. NZ's own science organization, the Royal Society, say the same thing.
But it isn't just them. Politicians agree, too. Barack Obama agrees. So does Kevin Rudd. That's the US and Australia, our major trading partners, sorting themselves out while we lag behind.
Who else? Well, Arnold Schwarzenegger! And Tony Blair! And pretty much everyone, everywhere, who has power and responsibility.
And who else? Why, only a particular chap named John Key:
The scientific consensus is clear: human-induced climate change is real and it’s threatening the planet. There are some armchair sceptics out there, but I’m not one of them.
Ultimately, we don't need a review of the science, because the Royal Society and the IPCC have done all that hard work for us. The select committee should just get on with asking, what next?
And that's why we think the review of the science should get the chop!
(Note: If you want to get into the actual science of it, I recommend kicking off at NZ's very own clearing house for climate change knowledge, the Hot Topic blog by Gareth Renowden.)