Tim Blair nails this I think. I've said exactly the same thing. Had the Coalition taken on the environmental nutcases and extremists years ago and actually engaged them in debate and thus exposed just how weakly based their scaremongering was, we wouldn't be in the mess we are today.
The politics are tough now because conservatives years ago allowed the debate to get away from them; frightened of being labelled nature-haters, they declined to attack anti-progress green arguments as they were being formed. Result: in 2009 they’re dealing with a full-blown religion, and they’re discovering that logic isn’t much of a weapon against faith.Still, it’s difficult to have sympathy for a party containing many members who privately express doubt over climate change but only rarely voice those doubts in public. As Turnbull might advise: have the courage of your convictions.
Yes, religion never went away. It just mutated into an irrational form of environmentalism and then went completely crazy.
You see this when you point out to one of the faithful that some problem or other, say deforestation, on the available evidence, isn't as bad as they think it is.
(NUANCE ALERT! NUANCE ALERT! Nobody is saying deforestation ISN'T a problem.)
Now, you'd think this was good news wouldn't you? Well, any sane and rational person would.
But not your average greenie!
The idea that anything might not be as bad as they want to believe it is only produces dumb anger and incomprehension.
They almost get off on their own negativity.
And there's the rub. Malcolm Turnbull is at heart a believer in the new religion.