EM­MER­SON’S VIEW

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ra­tion to spend as they wished. Each time a per­son filled the car with fos­sil fu­els, their to­tal would be re­duced. Want an over­seas trip? Fine, but a per­son may have to go easy on car use to save enough car­bon cred­its to cover the air travel. Freight com­pa­nies would also have a car­bon quota. We may see newer more fu­el­ef­fi­cient trucks on the road and more rail freight as they have to adapt. Air freight­ing food would prob­a­bly end.

For­get plant­ing trees as car­bon sinks, and other feel-good projects, car­bon emis­sions will only be re­duced by di­rect lim­its on emis­sions by each ci­ti­zen, and then mar­ket forces will de­ter­mine the tech­nolo­gies to cope with the new en­vi­ron­ment. Alan Dick­son Tau­ranga

Carpark site

Peter Wil­liams’ piece in Satur­day’s

(Opin­ion, De­cem­ber 1) re­it­er­ates a few known facts about the re­de­vel­op­ment of the old Phoenix carpark site: there wasn’t a prob­lem that needed to be solved, the bud­get was poorly man­aged, other park­ing projects will have to be cut to cover the 25 per cent cost over-run, the sug­gested name is not suit­able, and only lip ser­vice has been paid to the in­ter­ests of the city stake­hold­ers – the ratepay­ers and busi­ness peo­ple.

Dis­pleased ratepay­ers can vote out badly-per­form­ing coun­cil­lors at the next elec­tion and vote in peo­ple who have the proper skills.

How­ever, to be sure the same mis­take isn’t made all over again, it would be good to know what the can­di­dates truly stand for, and to find that out they should be asked to pro­vide an­swers to a set of spe­cific ques­tions about top­ics such as; how they would en­sure that ad­e­quate time and op­por­tu­nity would be given for open con­sul­ta­tion with ratepay­ers and other stake­hold­ers be­fore projects were ticked off as ready to go.

Maybe the could pro­vide a list of ques­tions to ev­ery can­di­date and pub­lish their replies. That would help vot­ers make up their minds. Barry Scott Pa­pamoa Beach

The site of the Phoenix carpark devel­op­ment.

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