Green Party co-leader Dr Russel Norman said today that Solid Energy’s troubles were “the best possible result under the circumstances.” Â
“As a Green Party, we’ve been trying to put an end to mining, and especially coal mining for as long as we’ve been in existence.”
“Coal is one of the most polluting energy sources in use, so to have it become uneconomical to extract is really a gift for not just the Greens, but all the peoples and tamariki of Aotearoa”.
Asked about the loss of jobs on the West Coast, Dr. Norman said: Â “There is no job crisis on the West Coast. Â Only an Imagination Crisis. Â They are sitting on some of the most unspoiled parts of the country, and it is time they start thinking sustainable eco tourism, organic farming and revitalising the Arts such as sculpture, painting and poetry.”
Dr. Norman said he’d like to congratulate the Government for a job well done, and challenged John Key to continue economic policies that would result in other planet destroying industries, such as dairy farming, to fail also.