Botanist accuses Govt of ignoring biodiversity
Fri, 27 Apr 2012 8:31a.m.
A prominent botanist is urging the Government to rethink a mining contract for the West Coast.
Last year, the Government granted permission for Australian company Bathhurst Resources to create on open-cast mine on the Denniston Plateau.
That decision is now before the Environment Court, with conservationists arguing that the impact will be severe.
Sir Alan Mark claims the Government is turning a blind eye to the area's abundance of unique species.
"It's clearly indicative of this Government's aspirations, intentions, decisions, determinations to put economic returns ahead of virtually any other factor," says Sir Alan.
"Even New Zealand's unique biodiversity."
Sir Alan says the decision will cost New Zealand tourists and its clean-and-green image.
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27/04/2012 5:56:13 p.m.
100! RIGHT CHARGONE!!
100! WRONG PETER
27/04/2012 2:46:24 p.m.
Peter: they hardly need one when what they're arguing against isn't a remedy to the problem in the first place. if it was designed to solve THAT problem the government would be doing the job itself, rather than getting yet another foreign company in to do it (and take most of the resulting profits... there's no way taking a Percentage of them in tax is better than taking ALL of them by being the owner.)
anyway, most of the things the environmental lobby object to are raw material extraction/production, which does very little for the long term economic good of the country Anyway when used as exports, mostly just making us More vulnerable to international markets. the solution to our economic problems involve rather drastic changes to how our government handles the economy as a whole, and economics in general. (step one of vital importance is realizing that the Nation Is Not An Economic Thing, step two is realising that a unified currency helps only the city-region that is contributing the most exports, and actually cripples the rest by giving them false feedback, economically. this is made Worse if your rural regions agricultural exports outdo ALL your cities because then NONE of them are getting correct data back) the consiquences of that is that free trade is massively damaging so long as a national currency is in place and agriculture (supply regions in general, actually) make up the majority of exports.
economic growth comes about when cities replace imports with local production, facilitating the production of new exports and the import of new things to replace the no longer needed old imports and/or bought with the new exports.
current economic policy, and, in fact, most current economic theory as used by governments, is designed almost entirely to sabotage this process for the enrichment of multi-national corporations.
27/04/2012 10:54:23 a.m.
Sure we will be totally biodiverse while the foreigh creditors demand that we meet payment by selling off all our publicly owned utilities to help meet the interest payments.
Exactly what remedy does the environmental lobby have to offer when it comes to the huge debts that have been racked up by sucessive governments over the last few decades.
They don't want power schemes they don't want irrigation schemes, or expansion of the dairying industry, or logging, or mining and the oil industry or fuel from lignite coal etc etc. Bringing in more tourists means more emmissions from passenger aircraft and they are spending less now anyway. Is that the only answer they have?
Oh sorry I forgot, we are going to open more high tech industries. Yeah right!
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