Tim Blair ultra-optimist

Tim Blair says “Call me an optimist, but signs of wonderful green death seem to be appearing all over” and I’m happy to take up the invitation. The only signs of death mentioned by Tim are a collision between two rallies and an attack from someone called “Leon Mann”, director of something called the ” Free Market Foundation”. I bet lots of Greenpeace activists handed in their resignations when they heard that Leon had come out against them.
Meanwhile, as Tim himself observes “BMW, Zurich Financial, De Beers and Shell spent millions in Johannesburg to present themselves as green-friendly. ” and of course China, India, Canada and Russia announced that they would ratify Kyoto. By omitting Canada and Russia, and ignoring the fact that China and India are now committed to future rounds in which they will have targets, Tim manages to dismiss this as meaningless. The Australian government isn’t quite as silly, and is starting to realise how lonely life will be as the only non-ratifying country small enough to be kicked with impunity.
For some real signs of death, hop on over to the Global Climate Coalition Until a couple of years ago, this was the main big business lobby group opposing Kyoto and included most of the big motor and oil companies. The individual companies started dropping out and GCC regrouped as an umbrella body for business organisations. That didn’t work and they’ve now declared victory and gone home. To quote their site:
“The Global Climate Coalition has been deactivated.  The industry voice on climate change has served its purpose by contributing to a new national approach to global warming.  ”
Of course, Tim’s objections are more about style than substance and here there’s some good news. The kind of street-theatre politics in which Greenpeace traditionally excelled is becoming obsolete. Why chain yourself around a corporate headquarters when, as Tim’s own report notes, they’re eager to invite you into the boardroom.