Chris Huhne tends to reach reflexively for Nazi metaphors when confronted with dissenting opinions. When the Conservatives left the EPP, he asserted that William Hague had been “touring the beer cellars of central Europe” for allies. During the AV referendum, he likened supporters of the established electoral method to Goebbels. Now he says that people who disagree with him about weather patterns are like the Munich appeasers.
The Energy Secretary doesn’t allow the possibility that there might be two honestly-held views on how to respond to climate change. As far as he’s concerned, this is a straightforward goodies-and-baddies issue. Accordingly, he has ordered an inquiry into lobbying by fossil fuel companies in advance of last month’s vote by MEPs on emissions targets.
AGW campaigners often assert that their opponents are in the pay of Big Energy. And it’s certainly true that Brussels is a honeypot for lobby groups of every kind. Yet by far the most intense lobbying in advance of the vote came not from Big Energy, but from Greenpeace, Christian Aid and the WWF.
It’s a funny thing. Internet discussion groups are often dominated by people who believe that large multi-national organizations are subverting the democratic process. Yet they rarely notice the most flagrant examples of such organizations, namely the giant NGOs.