New Zealand’s future is in looking to provide clean energy services, technology and expertise to the world and building our valuable clean, green brand. We won’t do this by looking to the Nineteenth Century and fossil fuels for economic inspiration.
I am celebrating today after the news that Solid Energy will be dropping its Lignite project in Southland. This is a win for the climate and our environment and for Southland.
Southland District Council is calling for submissions on its proposed District Plan. This is your chance to tell the Southland District Council that you want a sustainable and prosperous future for Southland, and call on it to make new mining and drilling for lignite coal and coal seam gas a prohibited activity.
The main target is lignite coal mining in Southland an issue the Greens have been strong in opposing. Lignite is bad for the environment and our economy instead we should be pursuing modern renewable energy solutions, not 19th Century coal.
If the Ministry of Economic development can join the Coal Association to lobby the Government, should the Environment Ministry not join the Wind Association to do the same?
It seems Environment Minister Nick Smith still doesn’t get it that “best practice” as far as lignite is concerned is to leave it in the ground. He was lost for words when challenged on this in Southland on Tuesday evening.