2011-08-18 10:49:53Australia vs USA - a race to the bottom
John Cook


As an Aussie, I confess I've watched with bemusement the extremeness of the Tea Party. But the way things are developing here in Australia, we seem to be on a similar path:


However, note to be outdone, Michelle Bachmann is doing a great job in stoking up the crazy also:

2011-08-18 12:50:17we're #1!
Dana Nuccitelli

Don't even try to compete with Americans.  We will crush all challengers in the race to the bottom.

2011-08-18 13:31:09Not prepared to concede this one yet
John Cook


Typically, Australians can only compete on the world stage at team sports - cricket, rugby league, women's hockey... But we're climbing up the rankings on climate derangement and I think may give you Americans a run for your money :-)

2011-08-18 16:49:33
Rob Painting

I'd like to be in an audience where some lunatic that like is talking, I'd laugh my head off, and really wind up the looneys. 

2011-08-18 18:58:39
Paul D


Green jobs destroyed Spains economy????
Geez, if only there were that many green jobs in any nation and that they represented such a high proportion of trade and GDP! Then we wouldn't need this blog.

Sainsburys say they are creating some 300 jobs with a new supermarket near me, in the same period I doubt if i'll see any local green jobs being created. Maybe at most half a dozen. On top of that, the jobs Sainsburys creates will be lost elsewhere as its activities result in competing businesses closiing down. So effectively, as is often the case, jobs are moved around rather than created.

2011-08-19 04:42:44
Dana Nuccitelli

That sounds like the myth that every green job in Spain killed 2 non-green jobs.  I addressed that myth in a post around here somewhere.  It's total BS, put forth in a 'study' by a Spanish right-wing think tank which made a number of bogus assumptions.  Total nonsense, but that of course never stopped deniers from repeating a convenient myth.

Ah yes here it is, Carter Confusion #2: Green Jobs.  Bob Carter repeated the myth too.

2011-08-19 09:51:49
Andy S


You Yanks and Aussies are a little too smug in thinking you have no competition in the race to the bottom. Canada is a true contender in this field, what with our tar sands and our world-class deniers in Ball, McIntyre, McKitrick. And Alberta's Wildrose Party is every bit as radical as the Tea Party. Even their leader, Danielle Smith, looks like a Palin/Bachmann prototype.

2011-08-19 11:24:04



I wonder if they're all "Stepford wives"?

2011-08-19 18:12:14
Paul D


I think Canada all to often gets forgotten. I agree with Andy, some of the things happening there are appalling.

2011-08-20 08:36:25Stepford Wives
Glenn Tamblyn


Yeah Neal, you might be on to something there.


Unless they are actually Midwich Cuckoos.