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Marginalised TV botanist goes native - embraces photosynthesis

The term going native entered the English language through the colonial empire. As with empires throughout history, this included a large amount of screwing of the colonised by the colonisers. Going native referred to the aberant behaviour of those who went the further step of co-habiting with the women that they were screwing, or even going as far as to marry them.

In the political parlance of the Westminster system, going native refers to the behaviour of a minister who puts the interests of his department above the interests of the government. Of course interests of the department really means interests of the senior bureaucrats in the department and this of course means a bigger department, with greater power and seniority for the aforesaid senior bureaucrats.

Going native also provided the plot of the film Avatar.

However, going native seems to have taken on a whole new with a low-key announcement in Bob Carter's widely ignored book
Taxing Air. [Not to be confused with Carter's widely ignored Climate CounterConsensus or the widely ignored Idso/Carter/Singer NIPCC report.] In Taxing Air David Bellamy notes that Australia's carbon tax is a tax on the air that we breathe [our emphasis].

In that one word
we can be charted the course of Bellamy's journey. It explains his change of views from The profligate demands of humankind are causing far reaching changes to the atmosphere of planet Earth, of this there is no doubt. Earth's temperature is showing an upward swing, the so-called greenhouse effect, now a subject of international concern. The greenhouse effect may melt the glaciers and ice caps of the world causing the sea to rise and flood many of our great cities and much of our best farmland. in 1989, to vocal opposition to efforts constrain CO2. Because of course, it is not humans who breathe in carbon dioxide. It is Bellamy's beloved plants that breathe in carbon dioxide and his own words indicate that he has now decided to join them. Many biologists acquire great empathy. of the objects of their studies, but re-directing one's whole metabolism is a step that few if any others have taken.

This very personal journey explains why Bellamy has not become an advisor to Nigel Lawson's Global Warming Policy Foundation. For the upper classes represented in the GWPF, enhanced autoeroticism is a more traditional reason for seeking higher CO2 (see
Is Monckton a Wankker and why It Matters). Apparently Bellamy is no longer even wanted at the NZ Climate Science Coalition. He seems to have returned to his botanical roots - possibly literally.

Prof Dr Moritz Lorenz.
Sarah Palin School of Geography, Economics and Quantum Computing,
University of Narbethong,
West Island Campus, NZ