Mike Hosking lambasts the Greens

Mike Hosking lambasts the Greens and their hatred of the West Coast: Quote:

I have much sympathy for the West Coast who yet again have been made the victims of their surroundings.

No mining allowed. The call from the Government was not surprising – but it was nevertheless wrong.

No, mining is not everyone’s cup of tea. But the simple reality is the world needs fossil fuels and mining is part of the West Coast economy.

The fundamental error the Government made was to put ferns before people, snails before work.

People and work is more important than animals and in general, land.

Yes, all countries need special places, protected areas, and land of natural significance.

But the balance has tipped hopelessly against humans. End quote.

Labour and the Greens care not a bit for people in Taranaki, and now the West Coast. Ironically, the West Coast is the founding place of the Labour party. But Jacinda Ardern doesn’t care about history; she only cares about her PR. The Greens care even less. They’d really prefer we all sat around cutting each other’s hair rather than moving ahead. Quote:

To suggest this country, with its hundreds of thousands of hectares of pristine land locked up, isn’t enough and we need more is to fail to understand the fundamental premise of a society and its ability to function.

This Government so far has beaten up on farmers, wanted a water tax, wants cow numbers capped, banned oil exploration, whacked taxes up, and has seen confidence plummet with workplace reform still to come – that will only make that confidence vanish further.

You can’t just keep beating people up and saying no and banning things without coming up with alternatives. End quote.

The Greens have a list of more than 100 things they want banned. They’ve only just begun. Quote:

What does the West Coast do? 60 jobs at the mine not allowed, fine. So what’s Eugenie Sage’s alternative?

She doesn’t have one, they never have one. James Shaw’s Zero Emission papers released the other day openly admits the economy will slow and incomes will slow with them.

You can’t run a country that goes backwards. You can’t govern over regions that aren’t allowed to make a living.

Somewhere in the mix needs to be some common sense. Snail and ferns aren’t that important.

And even if you begin to argue they are, they’re certainly not more important than work and income and a living and regional progress

You can’t escape the sneaking suspicion that the Greens’ hatred of mining and fossil fuels is so great they’d be happy to see a region like the Coast go bust, rather than see it continue to have mining as part of the mix.

The Greens are so blinded by the vision of wind turbines, solar panels and compost bins that they refuse to accept the simple truth and reality that people still need to go to work. End quote.

The big joke is that those wind turbines actually need bloody massive mines somewhere else to make the raw materials that keep the turbines turning. Rare Earth metals aren’t just lying around like pebbles to be picked up, and neither are copper, aluminium or titanium. Quote:

When and if, and it’s a fantastically big if, but if the days come and we are running cars, industry and the workforce off sunshine then that will be brilliant.

But until then we need oil and petrol, and coal and we need to dig and drill holes to get it.

And that in part is what the West Coast does. End quote.

I think any government that doesn’t fully utilise a country’s natural resources is actually committing treason against the people of that country.


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