I think it’s pretty obvious that the government’s advocacy on mining cheap1 and polluting lignite from National Parks is not something I’d support.
I’m curious to hear from our commenters on this though- can you think of an unqualified positive of mining for lignite in our National Parks? Do you trust the government to add equal or more conservation value to replace what it would ruin?2 And is this really about a straightforward stocktake, or are National just trying a cautious sell on selling off our national parks to industry?
1 In the “not going to sell for much anyway” sense.
2 Because I’m sure you’d all love to go for a walk in a coal mine in the middle of a national park.