The Greens' vision remains highly relevant - witness the huge emphasis new US President Barack Obama is placing upon renewable energy and energy efficiency.
However, as a party, the Greens, positioned to the left of Labour and their votes not needed by a centre-right Government, will struggle for relevance as political players.
Their options are to spend this parliamentary term either in ideologically pure but not-so-splendid isolation or roll up their sleeves and co-operate with National and achieve something concrete.
Like it or not, the Greens ARE in isolation. It was, as Armstrong observed in his opening, the Greens who slammed the door in John Key's face, not that he needed them. They've made their bed, and in our humble opinion, John Key should make them sleep in it a little longer.
There is one positive however for National should they decide to work closer with Red Russel and his comrades. Key could totally isolate Labour, and leave them as the Neville-no-mates opposition (we don't count Jim Anderton - he is Labour in everything but name). That could be a good strategy looking forward to the 2011 election, but there are risks as well. Personally speaking, we would rather the Greens were nowhere near the seat of power.
Interesting times await us.