The Editor, The Dom Post, Wellington
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.
MP for Wellington Central
Minister of Finance
Hello Mr. Robertson:
As identified leader of the new infrastructure spend I’m addressing this letter to you. Spending on infrastructure can be a good thing. In some cases it is a new investment and some cases ‘deferred maintenance’. Read the rest of this entry »
Thanks Michael for again calling out the ‘road and transport planners’ (engineers) for their desperate promotion of more roads in a time when it is clear to all that radical reductions of carbon emissions is a top priority. Of course the engineers are counting on the continuing support for their plans from the Kapiti and Hutt suburbs who continue to see Wellington city primarily as an obstacle in getting to the airport.
Thanks particularly for the detail in suggested changes. For me, it would be useful to see diagrams. Do you have any?
Perhaps ‘wonderland’ is a bit beyond reasonable expectations, however, so have a think about that.
Rail is more efficient for land travel than road vehicles and that has been known for some time now. That is why National has always feared rail as it keeps the question of efficiency, pollution, and climate change in the discussion. Read the rest of this entry »