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Science denial apparent in many ways.

The Editor,  The Dom Post,  Wellington

30/08/ 2020

Dear Editor:

Incredibly there is still wide conversation and support in NZ (Wellington!) for more roads even though one of the best known facts of public policy globally is that building more roads increases congestion.

But when you look at the longer and deeper cultural/historical period we have come to, where denial of the fundamental change required to address the worst of climate change is rampant, it may not be such a surprise.  This denial illustrates a distrust of science.  In NZ, we also see the health sciences distrusted in conspiracy theory type accusations against the motivations of the government’s approach to Covid-19.  The denial is worse in the USA with accusations of the so-called “deep state” (what does that even mean?).  More subtly, the science of high rise building collapse is still denied in the NIST ‘official’ explanation of how the World Trade Center Building #7 came down on 9/11/01, as revealed in a recent study from The University of Alaska.

These are all examples of science denial in this Post Truth Era.  We must look deeply into our larger cultural/historical context to understand the times and craft a courageous determination to make the fundamental changes required to address climate change.

Sincerely,

Richard Keller

 

 


Infrastructure spend reveals surreal NZ Politics

The Editor,  The Listener,  Auckland
04/02/2020

Dear Editor:

The surreal nature of New Zealand politics was on open display last week within the context of the Labour Party having continued its unnatural condescension to New Zealand First policy thus putting paid to its ‘transformational’ label. Read the rest of this entry »


Climate denial is cultural, not generational (resubmission to Dom Post)

The Dom Post
Wellington
28/09/ 2019

Dear Editor:

So often, the climate inaction debate rests on the assertion that it is a generational dispute. But in its deepest fundamentals it is not. Read the rest of this entry »


‘Climate Emergency’? Or ‘Climate Ponzi’

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland
10 September, 2019

What do we label a ‘Ponzi scheme’? Read the rest of this entry »


Dave Armstrong right on runway extension

The Editor,  The Dom Post,  Wellington
01 July, 2019

Dear Editor:

Dave Armstrong is his usual reasonable self in discussing the airport runway extension (25 June). It’s widely understood by now that to stand much of a chance at addressing climate change (“Climate Emergency”) there will need to be less air travel and less tourism. So leaving the notion of extending the runway behind is a no-brainer. Yet many, including the mayor seemingly, still hold out, even some who you would expect would understand the need to avoid the extension.

This may lead one to think the Wellington climate change discussion is about to descend into farce. But actually it is part of a larger existential question. Some anthropologists (notably Jared Diamond) have seen that civilisations in the past have reached similar dilemmas: change in order to survive fundamentally new conditions, or keep the old ways even if it means extinction; choices have varied. That is the situation global civilisations today face. So far there is no evidence that the choice to change and survive has been made here in Wellington.
Sincerely,

Richard Keller