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12:30 pm, March 31st, 2015 - 22 comments
Categories: Abuse of power, Environment, national, science - Tags: dodgy statistics, Environment, hide the truth, idiots, no right turn
I/S at No Right Turn on the way that National is manipulating official environmental reporting to try and conceal the damage…
The Local Government and Environment Committee is due to report back today on National’s Environmental Reporting Bill. One of the key themes of submissions on the bill was that no-one trusts the Minister to decide the topic of the reports. And with good reason. Because Statistics New Zealand announced their Ministerially-approved national environmental reporting topics today, and they’re a complete disaster.
The list of topics is here. And you don’t have to look very far to find some obvious gaps.
So, rather than comprehensive statistics on climate change and what it is doing to our country, we’re going to get a bunch of stats which ignore key drivers and impacts while heavily implying that its all the result of natural environmental processes (oh, and throws in some cheerleading for our biggest environmental polluter as well). And it just goes on and on. Statistics on the effects of irrigation takes on rivers have been deliberately excluded, as have been illnesses caused by dirty rivers. Pollution of the oceans will be tracked by tracking not discharges of oil or sewage to the marine environment, but “marine debris”. But the value of oil, gas, and mineral extraction from the marine environment will be included. These aren’t environmental statistics. They’re economic ones, mislabelled, and deliberately designed to obscure rather than highlight our environmental problems. And just to make it clearwho is responsible,
The Minister for the Environment and Minister of Statistics approved the final list of topics in September 2014.
Submitters on the Environmental Reporting Bill were entirely right to be concerned. And if this is what National means by “environmental reporting”, we’re better off without it.