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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

 

 


Brent Efford’s reality, Mike Williams’ desperation on CBD transport

The Editor,  The Dom Post,  Wellington

18/08/ 2020

Dear Editor:

I appreciate Brent Efford’s knowledge and courage discussing transport in the CBD.  But does he really think Mike Williams was serious in his letter about Lambton Quay and CBD transport? Read the rest of this entry »


Submission to NZTA ‘accessable streets’ proposed changes

18/05/2020
Accessible Streets Regulatory Package – Draft
Ministry of Transport (GPS)

There are two main factor categories which need to be addressed regarding safety of pathways, namely speed of the vector and size of the vector.  Another factor type is the relationship between pathways and streets (motor vehicles). Read the rest of this entry »