Solid Energy has been caught out commissioning future leaders to pen fantasy stories in school hours. The company is inviting high school students in key coal-mining areas to submit an essay on: ‘The role of coal in sustainable energy solutions for New Zealand‘.
The lucky winner gets a trip to China, New Zealand’s biggest coal export market.
Coal as a sustainable energy solution? An oxymoron. A greenwash. Hell, a brainwash. Any way you look at this, this contest is wrong. WWF’s Peter Hardstaff: “Rather than restricting entry to kids living in coal mining areas, we suggest Solid Energy embrace a broader perspective. They should open up their competition to high school kids living on the low lying Pacific Islands”.
The competition page links to the World Coal Association and the Australian Coal Association Gerry Brownlee’s grails perhaps, but not necessarily good fodder for young minds.
Meanwhile, what of the Government’s plans to mine conservation land? It was due to go public with its Schedule 4 butcher at the end of February, but after focus groups revealed widespread public contempt for the plan, they’ve scuttled back behind closed doors, presumably to figure out how to give Gerry and his mates what they want without completely alienating most of the country.