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  1. Bryan Pepperell, 21. September 2010, 12:23

    Here is my full reply.
    Super fast broadband
    Answer – All for it if ratepayers don’t have to pay for it.
    How much would it cost under your plans?
    Answer – Nothing
    Is it a main priority?
    Answer – No

    Electric cars
    Answer – Electric cars themselves do cause pollution.
    1. The electric motors can create ozone as the result of electric discharges in the air. 2. Anything that heats air above about 200 degrees can create nitrogen oxides. 3. The electric generating station produces pollution depending on how the electricity is produced. If the power plant uses fossil fuels such as coal, oil or gas, then it produces ash, soot, CO2 and NOx. A hydroelectric plant disrupts natural rivers, while a nuclear plant produces spent fuel rods.
    Electric cars don’t eliminate pollution; they just move it someplace else. Electric cars are energy intensive to build as are batteries, so you need to be careful here.

    Online govt
    Answer- I think we can do more so I have no reason to object to more online activity.

    Free wi-fi
    Answer – I think it should be in public places but why should the ratepayers pay? I understand that TradeMe will be doing something in this area and I’m sure there will be more commercial sponsors. Some assistance by Council may be needed.

    Light Rail
    Answer – I support public transport including trams but light rail has a very high set up cost from the research that I’ve done. We are in the middle of a financial crisis, with the likelihood that after the world cup the economy will dip again, is of concern. What will it cost to rebuild Christchurch and what will the tax burden be? What about Wellington’s existing infra structure in the event of a big quake. Shouldn’t we be fixing that first?
    – Do we need it?
    Answer-Needs are dictated by the kind of growth we have. Can we have economic growth and be sustainable. Have you heard of “overshoot” and if you haven’t then I think you should become informed. If the planet has overshot its carrying capacity what is your reaction? What if we worked closer to home where we were able to walk and cycle and use the information highway and we liberated the work force so that congestion that takes place twice a day in most places was not such an issue. Compared with other cities that I have visited we don’t have a real problem. People should have more choices about the hrs they start work and whether it is necessary to travel to work everyday?

    We are a monolithic fuel based culture but it is much more than transport energy. Peak oil is not really understood by most people. The question is what happens on the downward slope after the peak. Our whole culture is based on oil. Can you imagine a world without plastic. Even your electric cars would not be possible without it nor would most modern technology. We are talking about a very primitive world when oil becomes scarce. The list of products that are oil based is extensive. You just wouldn’t recognise the modern world without it.

    Clean Technology
    Answer -This is a big subject and not without its myths. I’m not sure that clean technology solves the problem of overshooting our carrying capacity as a planet. If we are to survive we need a paradigm shift and powering down looks like the only real option. Peak oil will force that on us but it would be better that we prepared for a paradigm shift in an orderly way. We have already had several major wars over resources and will clean technology stop a resource war? Council deals with the blunt end of popular culture and as a system it may not be able to adapt. When cities get too big they just cease to work but we are not at that point yet.

  2. Maria van der Meel, 21. September 2010, 23:43

    What technology? Judging by the geyser in the middle of town today, we have none.

  3. George, 13. September 2011, 20:18

    I would like to point out that Mayor Wade-Brown’s policy has not reduced, by one, the number of combustion powered vehicles in Wellington ~ the ‘old’ fleet was sold off to new owners ~ all she has done is contributed to the derogation of land through Lithium mining, and increased the number of vehicles in New Zealand. Good work Mayor!