California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger had a word of warning last week for politicians who continued to ignore the threat of climate change:
Your political base will melt away as surely as the polar ice caps… You will become a political penguin on a smaller and smaller ice floe that is drifting out to sea. Goodbye, my little friend. That’s what’s going to happen.
There are more than a few parallels here with our own political penguin, a Prime Minister who, when it comes to global warming, is all tip and no iceberg. The Governor is a conservative politician whose standing was, like our penguin, plummeting in the polls, but he managed to turn his fortunes around with the help of a green tie.
Penguins, don’t worry about the economy and business’ reaction to cutting carbon emissions, says the Governor. Being a politician, and a conservative Hummer-driving one at that, Schwarzenegger says it’s easier for him to convince business bosses to cut carbon dioxide emissions “than if I was someone known for going around talking about ‘I want to protect this tree’ or ‘There’s a fish I want to save.’ They are not so suspicious.”
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And Penguins, you have to learn to appeal to all sectors of the community about climate change. Even rev heads. The Governor recently touted a biofuel powered Chevy on MTV’s program Pimp My Ride, “To show people that biofuel is not like some wimpy feminine car, like a hybrid. Because the muscle guys, they have this thing, ‘I don’t want to be seen in the little, feminine car’.”
So for all those penguins out there, here’s a lesson on talking the climate change talk — click on the image below to watch a recent speech delivered by Schwarzenegger at Georgetown University.