It is worth noting a few things about Bernardi;
- He has a long running association with the notorious Heartland Institute
- He has advocated “teach the controversy” on climate change, that is presenting opposing views on climate science in high school – at tactic that mimic those used by creationists in the US
- He joined up with a motley collection of conspiracy theorists and cranks to accuse the Australian Bureau of Meteorology of fraud.
In late 2012 Bernardi was forced to step down as LNP Party Secretary for arguing same-sex marriage would lead to bestiality. Typical of right-wing extremists, he thinks “Islam is a problem”.
He is a one-man Tea Party, an enthusiast for nearly every fringe view from the extreme right.
The question I have is this.
Why is it necessary to “balance” McKibben with Bernardi? Surely it is not a coincidence the two are on tonight’s panel?
We can have a debate – but why not get someone from the LNP to debate the different approaches to mitigation and adaptation?
Let’s have a good, robust discussion about the LNP’s Direct Action Plan – a policy designed to reach the same outcomes as the ALP’s “carbon tax”.
That’s the discussion we really need to be having.
I’ll wait and see before passing judgement.
FYI – I’ll be watching and live tweeting.