Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Friday, September 02, 2005

Christchurch air quality study supports tougher rules

New research shows that tougher central and local government air quality standards in Christchurch will save dozens of lives and millions of dollars every year.

The Health and Air Pollution in New Zealand (HAPiNZ) Christchurch pilot study was released today. The report says that air pollution from domestic fires, industry and vehicle emissions causes 158 premature deaths in Christchurch each year and costs the local economy $168 million annually."

The rules are flawed.. the research shows that for effective health outcomes from air pollution, the investment and effort must be directed at where the harms are. see

The solution is is not technical in its entirety, information and education compliment the solution. First however, the [true] story has to be told, and health promotion enabled.

Labour's initiative to foster biodiesel etc by mandate is intended to be capacity building (and vote catching) but the proposal is not enduring. Risk management demands certainty. Potential investors into this scenario are going to be the oil company's who will asure us they are good corporate citizens with our interest at heart in exchange for guaranteed profits. Why should Big Oil be rewarded for the mess they have created.

The MILDGREEN bioSAFE proposal 'concept' directs the effort towards the need and is an enduring and optimal solution.It pits internalised benefits to community against foreign stewardship.

When we own what we do....we do best!

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