World of sceptical questions unfolds…Richard Treadgold | October 11, 2010
We have been offered, dear reader, an outstanding opportunity to engage in climate activism.
A reader, Huub Bakker, commented yesterday on What’s left of the NIWA case, saying:
Where does all this leave the Government legally? Should all the previous conclusions be re-evaluated? Will the plastering job of the new NZTR be sufficient? Any thoughts from Rodney Hide, who I know reads this blog?
And this afternoon Rodney responded:
Amazing! And very disturbing about the state of science at NIWA.
What next? I am not sure.
Perhaps readers could suggest questions for the Minister Responsible for Climate Change Issues, Nick Smith, and the Minister of Research, Science and Technology (in Charge of NIWA), Wayne Mapp?
No other country can do this
That’s a remarkable offer, Rodney, and we’ll take you up on that, thank you.
Folks: let’s not underestimate either the significance of Rodney’s suggestion or the power of our questions. For overseas readers: Ministers of the Crown are under an obligation to answer correctly-phrased questions in the Parliament; they cannot decline. The difficulty is that you need to be a member of the House to ask the questions. Hence the importance of Rodney’s suggestion. Let us use it wisely.
Overseas readers included
I don’t know of any other country where the citizens can get questions before their government so easily. Be thankful for the Internet! Since it’s impossible to tell overseas visitors apart from citizens anyway, let me make it clear that our overseas visitors, perhaps newly arrived from WUWT or elsewhere, are equally welcome to suggest questions for our Ministers.
Take advantage of this amazing offer
So, team, let’s send in our questions and the best of them could be aired in the Parliament. I’ll list them here and Rodney can take his pick.
Don’t let’s make the nice Minister ask twice, now!