New Zealand’s economy is more important than it’s environment. Saving the whales is a luxury we cannot afford at the expense of our loved ones not having jobs and living in poverty. Do we really value having a few extra trees around over seeing our friends and family thrive in a strong economy?
For the livelihood of today’s population, the economy is needed. We can cross the environmental bridge when it’s having major impacts on us today. I’ve been to Bolivia, a poor third world country, and seen the effect a weak economy had on families trying to get along as best as they could. Not once have I seen the weather affecting families in the same way. Now I’m just one guy, who may or may not have a little bias, but the fact remains that in much of the world, including New Zealand, the economy is the cake and the pretty green environment is the icing, nice to have, sure, but not necessary by a long shot. Our economy is the beating heart keeping our country moving, and it is in other successful countries as well, demonstrated by the fact that the majority of Americans prioritise the health of the economy over the environment when the two values clash with each other.
In times of economic strife, we simply can’t base our values on what the greenies want us to think. Them trying to shape and twist our opinions around theirs by guilt tripping us about some ice cubes melting, is merely a trick to help them get what they want. When the tough times come around, as they inevitably do, nobody cares whether or not some animal that’s going extinct anyway is around to continue having no impact whatsoever on our lives. When the Global Financial Crisis hit in 2008, and people started tragically flinging themselves off skyscrapers to escape their debt, we rightfully stopped listening to the barrage of green nonsense being shoved down our throats. Material wealth might not be the key to happiness, but it is necessary for a fulfilling life in today’s society. We have to look after our money, because dollar bills, unlike leaves, don’t grow on trees. The people who believe that a leaf is worth as much as a $20 note are sticking to their guns regardless of whether any other rationally thought out perspectives are brought to their attention. When a crisis renders us jobless, we need to keep our heads down and ignore their foolish criticism.
It leaves less money to spend on specific parts of our economy vital to us (health, education, defence, etc). It’s only natural to want to contribute towards things that actually matter to us, like the health of our family members and the future wellbeing of our kids. But if we pour all of our money into the planet, there won’t be any left for us. If Global Warming likely doesn’t even exist, why are we so concerned about it? We all know how unreliable so called scientific fact can be, for example when 500 years ago everyone thought that the world was flat. In a few hundred years time, we’re all going to look back in amazement at the kerfuffle this whole climate change extravaganza caused. The website ‘Friends of Science’ refutes 10 commonly held myths about Global Warming, proving that there’s almost no valid evidence against it. So why waste our time and resources trying to prevent the natural weather patterns of the planet, when instead we could help our country? It simply doesn’t make sense. If we allow more of our precious dollars to be spent on bullshit like stopping us getting easier beach access, what happens after that? Where do we draw the line? Do we let ourselves slump into poor living conditions to give the penguins a few extra metres of real estate? We, the sensible majority that value our hard earned cash, are all in the right. Be honest, if you saw a $100 on the road next to a dead bird, which one would you approach first? I’m confident that despite what we might all like to think, most of us would head for the money. We shouldn’t have to apologise for taking pragmatic views towards living our lives.
In conclusion, happier, healthier lives can be lead by us all if we look after our economy. This doesn’t mean sacrificing our environment, just prioritising the system that gives us jobs, houses, and the foundation of a happy family life.