"What's that you say, Skip? Gillard's toast?"
Just a fortnight, now, before I fly to God's Own Country to promote Killing The Earth To Save It (Connor Court) and tell the Aussies some home truths about the great global warming swindle. But do you know what? I think, to judge by the Queensland election results, one or two of them might have twigged already. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that those Queenslanders have just won the climate war equivalent of El Alamein. (H/T Bob Carter, Stefan Bjorklund, Sonya Porter, Mark Hatherly)
"Before Alamein we never had a victory. After Alamein we never had a defeat," Churchill wrote after the war. It wasn't strictly true then and it isn't strictly true now: of course, there will be further setbacks. But the Queensland election result undoubtedly marks a turning point in the global struggle between climate realism and green alarmism, for it's the first one directly and unequivocally attributable to public scepticism towards environmental nonsense.
No administration was "greener" than the one run by departing Queensland premier Anna Bligh. She believed in environmentalism with such a passion she entrusted her beloved husband – Greg Withers: head of Queensland's Office For Climate Change – with the task of turning Queensland into the solar powered, low-carbon, eco-paradise it very nearly is today.
I say "very nearly" because incoming premier Campbell Newman has put a stop to all that. One of Newman's first priorities – which is why, of course, Queenslanders voted him in – has been to cancel most of Bligh's green boondoggle programmes. This may in turn have the delightful knock-on effect of undermining eco-lunacy at the national level. We learn via Jo Nova