Bugger the environment – who needs it? That’s the message from National. Domestically, they’d rather that we didn’t know:
The Government is stopping the five-yearly State of the Environment report.
Put together by the Ministry of the Environment, the report is the largest stock-take of trends relating to land, water, air, plants and animals.
The next report was expected in December, but the Government has decided instead to look at the basic data for each area. … Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Jan Wright said that is not good enough, because the data is not compiled, analysed, or compared. …
Green MP Eugenie Sage said the Government is just trying to keep New Zealanders in the dark about environmental problems.
Internationally, they’d rather that we didn’t bother:
New Zealand may quit Kyoto
New Zealand has been tipped to quit the Kyoto Protocol, designed to cut global emissions.
Government officials next month travel to Doha in Qatar for the latest round of negotiations on the treaty, but with less than four weeks before the summit, acting Climate Change Minister Simon Bridges says the Government has “not made a decision” on its commitment. … But the actions of participants in the carbon market, and market signs, suggest the Government is preparing to walk away.
Brought to you by National, the party of “Drill it! Mine it! Sell it!”, this stupid, short-term, destructive thinking lies at the heart of every failed society. The difference is that this time the stakes are global.