Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


New report shows coal has no role

New report shows coal has no role

Forest & Bird says a significant new report released this morning shows that Bathurst Resource’s planned open cast coal mine on the West Coast’s Denniston Plateau is not just in the wrong place but that coal mining will never deliver the ongoing benefits promised.

The independent conservation organisation says the Jobs After Coal: A Just Transition for New Zealand Communities report – prepared by the Coal Action Network – should serve as the starting point for New Zealand’s long-overdue transition to a clean economy.

“Coal mining is not sustainable by any measure, either in terms of the environment, climate change, social wellbeing or economics,” says Forest & Bird Top of the South Field Officer Debs Martin.

“As we have seen, neither Solid Energy nor Bathurst Resources has been able to break the boom and bust cycle that coal mining has brought to the West Coast. Solid Energy has suffered financial difficulty and has shed hundreds of jobs in recent times. And fluctuations in international commodity prices have put Bathurst’s planned Denniston mine on indefinite hold.

“It is high time the subsidies and handouts that go into coal, oil and gas were instead channelled into levelling the playing field for their low-carbon alternatives. The climate crisis demands that the transition away from fossil fuels begins now,” Debs Martin says.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On Bank Scandals (And Air Crashes)

Last month, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) filed proceedings against Westpac over activities that have some distinct echoes of the Libor scandal. More>>

Budget: Health Funding Must Keep Up With Need

NZNO: “The nursing team has been doing more with less for years. It’s getting to the point that we’re really worried about our colleagues, our patients, our jobs and the level of health care available for people in our country." More>>

ALSO:

Emissions Inventory: Time For The Government To Do The Right Thing

It’s time for the National Government to step up and do the right thing to reduce climate pollution as data shows New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions are higher than ever, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Budget 2016: More Partnership Schools To Open

Seven new schools will join the eight Partnership Schools already open, along with further new schools opening in 2017. “The growth of this policy is a reflection of the high level of interest from educators and community leaders,” Mr Seymour says. More>>

ALSO:

No Correspondence With English: Did Brownlee Make Up Sale Of Navy Ships ‘On The Hoof?’

Having revealed that several Royal New Zealand Navy vessels have not left port in years, New Zealand First is now asking the Minister of Defence to prove he did not come up with the idea of selling HMNZS Taupo and Pukaki until the media asked him. More>>

Housing Plans: Labour- Abolish Auckland Urban Boundary
The Government should rule out any possibility of an urban growth boundary in Auckland Council’s Unitary Plan if it is serious about fixing the housing crisis. More>>
Greens - State House Solution
The Homes Not Cars policy allows Housing New Zealand to retain its dividend and, in addition, would refund its tax, to spend on the emergency building of around 450 new state houses. More>>

ALSO:

Houses And Taxes: Post-Cabinet, Pre-Budget Press Conference

The Prime Minister said that the pre-budget announcements showed that his Government is “investing in a growing economy”. He re-affirmed the National Government’s commitment to lowering personal tax rates but that any such change must fit with the fiscal reality of the time. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news