If you think that Covid 19 is bad, global warming is the next great crisis waiting around the corner to whack humanity. This cartoon sums it up well.
Spurred on by Pacific nations begging for their survival the world decided not so long ago to try and hold global temperature rises to 1.5 degrees.
This is a big ask. It will require western nations to completely transform their economies and their transport systems and their power systems. New Zealand has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2050. The rest of the Western World will have to do the same if we are to have a chance of meeting this goal.
Which means that you have to start to decarbonise transport now. So what does a future looking National Party propose should it be elected?
Last weekend they announced plans for a new road from Cambridge to Piarere. They have previously announced it twice although it was going to be a bit longer and make it to Tirau.
Then on Wednesday of this week with much fanfare and photo opportuning they announced a new road, from Christchurch to Ashburton. This was also a recycle. It was one of the proposed roads of national significance last election.
This is lets own the libs territory. Everyone with an understanding of climate change realise that we have to change and fast. Only a dinosaur party intent on stoking reactionary support would be proposing this as a policy.
Interestingly I posted the above screenshot two days ago. Today when I went to check the page out I found this:
So to record the information and protect it from erasure let me confidently predict that National will announce in the near future variations of the following roading projects:
And the cost? Some figure north of $10.5 billion plus three year’s interest.
There is nothing more predictable than National offering a road up as a significant policy announcement. Thankfully it looks like they will not get close to the Treasury benches this election.