comments to the leader of the NZ National Party, John Key MP -
known only as a money-maniac - who has been sending me email
From: Robt Mann [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Fri 6/29/2007
To: [log in to unmask]
Cc: Capt (rtd) R Worth MP
Subject: re: Balancing the environment
and the economy
[I introduced myself as a
longtime applied ecology teacher]
May I comment on your latest
Balancing the environment and the
Last weekend I spoke to Forest & Bird about how I want to grow
economy while protecting the environment. We can do both
< It may be news to you, but almost
all relevant experts deny
turnover can be increased from its already high
conserving nature. The truth is, we must consume less
and enjoy it more, as we did in the 1960s. This is not in
, but we need to get our priorities right and make sensible
about what is important to us.
Read my full speech to Forest & Bird and
page came to me blank, so I haven't been able to read
your F&B speech. I'd be grateful for a copy - if
a M$W .doc file,
please first Save As ... .RTF
National's 50 by 50 policy sets a target of cutting greenhouse gas
emissions by 50%, compared to 1990 levels, by 2050. The
sector offers significant potential to cut emissions, but we need
make it easier for generators to invest in renewable energy.
At present, sensible hydro, windfarm and geothermal developments
mired in red tape, while state-owned power stations burn more coal
and gas than ever before. This makes a mockery of Labour's
< This is
not quite true. Considerable windfarm developments
near Palmerston North have gone thru the planning process very
quickly indeed - inside a fortnight. The main
resistance to windfarms is provoked by the
NZED relic K Turner ('Meridian') insisting on monstrous machines
which do not even have proven economies of scale compared with the
smaller, quieter NZ-made Windflow machine.
< Geothermal is far
from pollution-free, and is in practice
sometimes not renewable.
That's why I support restarting the Dobson Dam hydro project on
West Coast. The flooding of a small piece of land seems a
price to pay for the long-term reduction in greenhouse gas
that will result.
appear to be unaware that when hydro dams inundate large
amounts of biomass, large amounts of methane bubble up into the
atmosphere for many years afterwards. Hydropower is thus not
especially good for climate.
Trade-offs are a part of sensible environmental and economic
decision-making. They are tough and they carry a
< On the
contrary, they minimize cost, when competently
, but if we want to lift our economic game and protect our
environment, we can't shying away from making them.
< I would be glad to meet you, perhaps with Dr Worth (to
recently remarked that it's about time I ceased blaming your party
for Holyoake). I can understand, from what I know of your
background, that you would be unaware of the points I'm now
you to; but if you want to gain influence with conservationists,
will have to become better informed.
L. R. B. Mann M.Sc Ph.D
P O Box 28878 Remuera, Auckland 1541, New
showed the above to a former PresNZ Inst Chem, a respected prof emer
and hevi-doodi energy expert. He was good enough to
< well that is an accolade I
especially welcome from a sometime PNZIC etc.
I have decided that the use of the words
"grow" or "growth" is the key indicator of lack of
understanding of the situation.
< A dismal conclusion - but one I was
forced to 3 decades ago.
< It's powerfully depressing to me that so many important
people are so exceedingly stupid on this, and other important topics.
Worse, I'm practically certain they're more stupid than they were 3
decades ago. This is presumably caused by more & more
propaganda (PR, etc) as well as actual subtle brain damage from
xenochemicals. I'm deeply grateful for having recovered my
active Christian faith which is my main basis for coping with this
< Goldsmith has inveighed wisely against growthmania since
the late 1960s - as have since the 1970s P & A Ehrlich,
Holdren, Commoner, K Boulding etc. Just ask yourself which
ideologies have gained most power during this 3-decade period of
burgeoning ignorance & stupidity about the most important
< One novel resistance I've recently discovered, and wish
to warn of. It turns out that some typical N. Amer. leftists are
materialists, mostly clinging to the notion that State ownership will
be best (despite its ghastly failures in USSR, China, E. Germany,
Albania, Roumania etc). Communism is inherently atheistic
- Lenin & his ilk acted accordingly, in brutality
under-stated in many histories. After a lifetime of hope that
communism will take over if Christianity can be weakened enough, your
typical olde-leftie is now observed to cut up ugly when presented with
even quite minor facts, let alone major philosophy such as Aristotle's
4 Causes (updated by J E Morton). These bereft lefties avoid
reason altogether, resorting immediately to personal insults, as soon
as final cause is mentioned. In a way, these observations are
encouraging - confirming that good old mainstream
Christian logic is unanswerable, and displaying atheism in the posture
of the cornered enraged irrational snarling animal. Unpleasant,
but very revealing.
< Socialism is not inherently atheistic - my
hero Abp Wm Temple was a member of the Labour party 1918-25 when it
was expounding State ownership of many if not all means of PD&E.
(The NZ Labour party gained power in 1935 on just such promises, led
by some classic L-wing atheists but also by the devout Christian
Walter Nash; us Kiwis were perhaps the nearest to Christian socialism,
now largely lost, so I have some familiarity with these issues.)
Temple was aware of success towards mixed economies, controlling main
utilities by State ownership, and parliamentary oversight, but also
allowing wide scope for corporate & individual
< Science is impinging less on public policy than it
used to. PR agents posing as scientists dominate major
industries e.g nuclear, GM. A purported hevi-doodi
Science journo can, after a couple decades of commercial GM, know
virtually nothing about hazards of this 'science-based' 'technology'.
The persistent hazards of nuclear power are once again so little known
that Westinghouse etc can get on TV with unchallenged promotional
deceit. Check that burst of nostalgia as their NZ agent revives
the old "safe, clean, & economic" chant. Kendall &
others at UCS, Holdren, von Hippel, Lovins, and few academics in other
nuclear nations, had compiled a couple decades ago a sufficient
appraisal of fission power that it was rejected by my country after a
half-decade of mounting publicity & political influence in a
grass-roots movement. Unsafe, persistently obscenely unclean,
and hopelessly uneconomic is clearly the truth. Yet a new surge
beyond the 400-odd nuclear power stations on the planet is a vision
finding ready, unchallenged free promotional time in the media.
Considerable money has been scored by some operatives trading uranium;
and I believe there's a new market in uranium futures. Opening
another U mine in Australia is an idea of serious media status (with
no criticism). Meanwhile, the rather obvious primacy of
windpower for the next GW or so on the NZ grid is forced back on
market forces by successive govts intoning "govts shouldn't try
to back winners". Well at least the old NZ state
electricity grid monopoly could be stopped from going nuclear, whereas
today the inchoate 'kmpet'tvity' casinofied grid can be influenced by
the Westinghous agent. Actually I'm not worried by that creep,
but Australia has less wind and plenty U ....
The more modern technofurphy I've worked against since its
invention, but especially this past decade, is gene-tampering -
a con-racket based on much junkier science. Not only do the
media give extremely biased promotional coverage of this polyswindle,
but they cynically misuse this extremely important issue as an excuse
to publicise PC politicians who do not understand it and are therefore
incapable of discussing it.
My question is, how can such furphies gain renewed serious
public attention, as if the strands of cultural knowledge are <2
decades long? And I will argue that the ascendancy in this
period of PC ideologies is the main cause. To the extent that we
appoint & elect public & corporate powerbrokers on affirmative
action, we tend to get less competence in policy.
<It should come as no surprise that main beneficiaries of
such affirmative action are among the first to spew vicious personal
insults when reasoned criticism is offered of their favourite PC