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June 6, 2005

I keep watching the Carr Government's shift away from ecological economics. It had good creditionals from increasing the size of NSW's national parks, a green Olympics in 2000 and Bob Carr's good policy talk on salinisation of the Murray-Darling Basin, the threat of global warming to snowfields, over-development of the coastline and destruction of old-growth forests before 1995.

A green Pemier leading a green government? Not likely.

Carr's recent actions indicate a green wash. He avoids investing in long-term water reuse and recycling schemes to ease the pressure on increasingly stressed rivers and dams; talks about building new coal fired power stations that will increase global warming; turns 15-year water access licences into perpetual water rights thereby handing over $6.8billion in water licences to irrigators and agribusinesses, whilst reducing the environmental flows back to rivers amount to 3 per cent of total flows, despite an undertaking by to return 10 per cent.

Has the Carr Government has been captured by the big energy and agricultural industries?

Sydney is running out of water, the reduced rainfall is looking to be the normal state of affairs, and the city has little groundwater and few other options for increasing its water supply.

Yet the Carr Government proposes to build more coal fired stations that use lots of water in the production of energy, which produce greenhouses that cause global warming, climate change and reduced rainfall over Sydney. It's a neat circle.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 4:08 PM | | Comments (0)