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Norman 'vindicated' by Philippines govt tweet

Wednesday 13 Nov 2013 6:07p.m.

Norman 'vindicated' by Philippines govt tweet

Green Party co-leader Russel Norman says a tweet sent to him from the Philippines government has vindicated his decision to draw Parliament's attention to climate change.

While speaking in Parliament yesterday he was booed and heckled by National MPs, who he says don't believe in man-made climate change.

Today the Philippines climate change chief, Yeb Sano, was saluting Mr Norman via Twitter, offering his "deepest appreciation for his heart-warming gesture".

The gesture - recounting Mr Sano's speech - was slammed by National MPs because it was made during time set aside to honour typhoon victims.

"Many National Party MPs don't like the science around climate change and so are basically climate change denialists," says Mr Norman.

It seems he's not far wrong.

"I think climate change is something that has happened always, so to simply come up and say it's man-made is an interesting prospect," says Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee.

"[They say] we should uncritically follow the Greens' extreme views about these things; well many of us don't," says Finance Minister Bill English.

Climate Change Minister Tim Groser is one National MP who definitely believes in man-made climate change.

"The evidence is overwhelming," he says. "I think you'd have to be denying reality."

It's a reality which Mr Sano says will include more disasters like Typhoon Haiyan.

"[Typhoon Haiyan is] now considered by many experts as the strongest storm that has ever been recorded in modern history, and we are seeing more of this," he says.

Yesterday the argument was about whether or not Mr Norman's speech was made at the appropriate time.

Today it's blown out to whether climate change even exists.

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