1News ran a story on Wednesday 24 May regarding The Greens’ opposition to Australian company Mineralogy holding prospect and exploration permits in New Zealand.
New Zealand uses a fair bit of energy. The majority of this energy doesn’t come from coal – in 2020, coal made up about 7% of New Zealand’s primary energy supply.
Scapegoating’s origins lie not so much in Bronze Age Palestine but in human nature. As always though, the Bible’s King James version is beautifully phrased.
Given how much hydro is already New Zealand’s largest source of electricity, it’s fair to ask just how much more hydroelectricity the country would need to permanently put coal and gas on the back burner.
A recent opinion piece claimed that “mines continue to destroy public conservation land”. I disagree. For starters, a sense of proportion. Since the Department of Conservation was created in 1987, access arrangements for mines have had a combined footprint of about 3512 hectares, or 0.04% of our country’s 8,838,470ha conservation estate…