If you believe one Herald Sun columnist, the Victorian desalination plant is “the greatest green folly in Victoria’s history“.

Which claim seems odd to me, since I recall the Greens vigorously opposing the plant at the time. Also other environmental groups (lower case “greens”).

The Greens in 2007:

Greens say desalination is a loser for the environment and water bills

Friends of the Earth have been long opposed. Likewise the Australian Conservation Foundation, and a coalition of environmental groups operating as “Watershed Victoria” with their Your Water Your Say campaign.

In fact, the Greens and environmental groups were the biggest opponents of the desalination plant. Where the Herald Sun columnist disingenuously pretends that “almost no journalists or academics even questioned this gigantic folly at the time” and concludes that the plant represents “what green madness, unchecked, can lead to”, it is clear looking at the record that there were many, many people campaigning vigorously against the proposal all the way through, and that the Greens and greens in general were those leading the fight.

And yet, if you believed his post, you’d come out with precisely the opposite impression. (Comments one poorly misinformed reader, “it is a very bleak picture indeed and a lesson to all , the ALP or Greens must NEVER be allowed to manage Victoria’s economy …or anything else”.)

Of course, since I’m sure he’s not deliberately misleading his readers, I await his correction, explaining that the word “greens” in his headline was a typo. Or that he has some strange new definition of “greens”. And that he recognises that the party he despises fought consistently and from very early on against the plant he despises, and he never meant to leave readers with the contrary idea.

Any moment now.

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