I normally don’t take any notice of what Gareth Morgan has to say but he is bang on the money with these comments about the Green party:
Entrepreneur and philanthropist Gareth Morgan has taken a swipe at the Green Party and some conservationists.
He says that the majority of New Zealanders see them as “lefties”, “extremists” or “nutters,” which in the long run is holding back their cause of protecting the environment.
“We still have a Green Party that refuses to go into coalition with National. What the hell is that about? Is this a party concerned with conservation? Or is it a far-left group using conservation as a Trojan horse for another agenda?”
At Forest and Bird’s conference, Face up to the Future, Morgan also took aim at some conservationist groups he calls the “green extreme” or “loony left”.
In particular, he says that their opposition to mining and fracking is not evidence-based, and fails to consider employment and the economy.
“If you’re pro-conservation the problem here is you’re increasingly being regarded as anti-economic growth. That is not a constructive position to take. It needlessly alienates huge numbers of people,” Morgan said.