Green tape

Continuing with the focus on eye catching headlines.  I love this one from Australia about barriers to expanding domestic prawn production.

“Green tape”. This is a great label for restrictive environmental regulations.  I wonder why it is not more widely used.  This example of restrictions on the growth of aquaculture:

In one example, Ms Jenkins said a prawn farmer had been waiting 13 years for an approval, held up by regulations preventing discharge of farm effluent, while a mining company was dumping 85,000 megalitres a day nearby.

If true, is an example of the double standard that exists between activities permitted by existing vs emerging users of resources.


*image modified from here