Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Eco Towns, a solution, or distraction?
No smoking hot spot : Dr David Evans was a consultant to the Australian Greenhouse Office from 1999 to 2005
Being a planner. I am concerned about whether planning policy is appropriate and appropriately evidence based. Unfortunately, the green movement is often based on the precautionary principle. This is a United Nations and EU principle that basically means, fear can be a substitute for evidence. Therefore, the risk that there may be a risk from greenhouse gases is enough to bring on eco towns upon viable farmland and to install carbon tax. So, here is another example of a scientist who has moved from the fighting global warming to being a sceptic. His story comes from his personal scientific experience. So, in our drive to solve the "housing crisis", which is infact a currency crisis (banks printed money, ploughed into mortgage securities, inflating prices), are ecotowns a distraction?