Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Don't look at me, I voted for the Greens

To have the right future, we need to invest in the right things. The right things might be new things because if there's one thing I've learnt in my life it's that things change.

The world has changed and it cares about different things. And we have to as well or we will face the real bones of our ass.

Our incoming government has been making noises about getting rid of the Emission Trading Scheme. This has led an investor to take $147 million out of this country and it's communities. Please remember, these people are not even actually sworn into government and they have already lost our country $147 million dollars - at the beginning of the biggest recession since the Great Depression.

Now, who would benefit most from the money this forestry investment would have contributed to our economy? Oh, I'd say the Maori would make a fair deal out of something like that, especially just after the $400 million Treelord deal.

I mean, trees are a money spinner all in their own, via such things as the TZ1 - the New Zealand market exchange for cabon and emission stocks.

I'd also say many mills would benefit from such a large investment. Pines can be milled happily for buildings at a sustainable rate, those might want to be built in rural/smaller township areas - you know, seeing as there's work there and they're cheaper anyway.

You know, I've only done a basic economic paper, but even I see something here.

Maybe our incoming government needs to stop looking back in history and start looking forward to our future. Everyone's future. With wealth in rural areas will come sustainability in urban areas. For an economy to work, someone has to be earning money. There is so much money in green technology and green thinking.

Promote a clean, green country and that's what people want to see. Tourism from big native forests, a flourishing film industry due to our pristine environment - the benefits go a lot further than just carbon credits and forestry you know.

$147 million is worth a lot when you have $400 million of forestry assets and need to do something with them. One might be worried that the first investor is running, at a mere whisper that the ETS will be modified.

This is a good investment people. There is buttloads of money in it and it benefits New Zealand - much the way that agriculture has. You know that Pineapple Lumps ad - how all the best resources were allocated 'cos we slept in? We didn't just get Pineapple Lumps, No. 8 wire and Buzzy Bees. We got forestry too.

In Maori legend, Tane Mahuta stretched up his arms and seperated Papatuanuku and Ranginui. He created the world, gave us light and created us too. He is the father of trees, as well as of man.

Poetry really, and so easy. We have plenty of trees - in many areas of Northland, all the ground is good for is growing trees. Kauri produce a very low pH soil, which makes the land practically useless for farming and Northland used to be almost exclusively covered in Kauri - but now has over 804,000 hectares of high maintenance farmland.

Politicians argue that farming is the backbone of this country, and yes - it does provide a good revenue for us, however it has a MASSIVE carbon footprint - and if you think our main export partners like the UK won't pick up on that fact, and the foodmiles attached to a piece of prime Kiwi steak in the future you are very short sighted indeed.

New Zealand did not vote in any way, shape or form for a carbon tax. No party except ACT supported amending the ETS except to make it stronger. National opposed the initial suggestion of a carbon tax. Going into the election only one major party said they'd get rid of the ETS, and that party recieved less than the 5% threshhold. NZ First got more votes than ACT. The option Rodney Hide is pushing is a carbon tax, which is exactly what it sounds like - a tax on carbon. The only money generated by that is for the government, which we don't have yet - because even though ACT and National have so far lost New Zealand $147 million dollars, they aren't even our government yet.

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