In the beginning there were words and the words were many and the words were warm and they were well meant.
However, the actions that followed the words were few and some of the direction was backwards and the progress was tiny..
But the people liked the words and the warmth and they didn’t listen to the ones who pointed out that style over substance was not good and they voted for more.
And the people got more words and the words were strong and they spoke of an emergency and they foretold doom unless a declaration was made.
Verily the servants of the public shall drive vehicles powered by electricity and it matters not that the prophet who knows the science says electric cars are good fun for wealthy virtue signallers, but a dreadful way to save the planet and the rich world’s drive to electric cars gets us nowhere.
Some heard the prophet and they declared that science was essential and that policy must have a positive impact and to beware of the devil in the details.
But the people didn’t heed the prophet and his followers. They shut their eyes to the detail and their ears to those who said that planting trees could not offset emissions from fossil fuels but they could offset methane from stock for they were listening to the words and the words were warm and they were well meant.
And the people were comforted and they knew that if they kept listening they could feel virtuous and they would not need to do anything because the one with the warm words and fine feelings had spoken and they believed that the words could turn back the tide and they felt safe.