Nobody told the oil industry that there was a change of Government 6 months ago?

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The Oil Industry has known for decades that their product caused catastrophic climate change and they actively used propaganda to pretend climate change wasn’t to blame the way the tobacco industry used quack science to pretend smoking and cancer weren’t connected. Petrol needs to be hit with taxes the same way we hit tobacco and these taxes should be used to transition completely away from big oil.

‪So the oil industry are grumpy today because the Government are avoiding Armageddon tomorrow?

Too bad.

Catastrophic Climate change caused  by human pollution, of which oil use is a major driver, MUST end today.

There is simply no alternative…

Studies say Atlantic Ocean’s circulation hasn’t been this sluggish in 1000 years

Underwater melting of Antarctic ice far greater than thought, study finds

Dangerous climate tipping point is ‘about a century ahead of schedule’ warns scientist

…and the cost to not make these changes now are too large to economically ignore…

To act now or later: The $30 billion climate change question
Immediate action on climate could save New Zealand tens of billions of dollars, according to a Westpac report.

Based on research conducted by EY and Vivid Economics, the report shows the New Zealand economy could benefit by $30 billion by 2050 if government and business take early action on climate change.

The Oil Industry has known for decades that their product caused catastrophic climate change and they actively used propaganda to pretend climate change wasn’t to blame the way the tobacco industry used quack science to pretend smoking and cancer weren’t connected. Petrol needs to be hit with taxes the same way we hit tobacco and these taxes should be used to transition completely away from big oil.

Listening to NZ pundits nitpick that Labour messed up the delivery of message or the whining from Taranaki or the total falsehood that the industry employs 11 000 people all miss the point.

WE. NEED. CHANGE. NOW!

By promising to reinvest in oil, the National Party of NZ are pledging to do to the environment what they did to Middlemoore Hospital and seeing as Simon Bridges seems confused as to whether he’s working in NZs interests or the oil industry’s interests, we require an Opposition who can be constructive rather than cowardly.

If climate change is a cancer, National’s solution is to negotiate with that cancer.

You can’t negotiate with cancer, you can only cut it out.  ‬

Rod Oram details how we can go about implementing a radical reinvention of NZs economy, the new government is listening to him and not the oil industry.

Expect the backlash to grow as big oil seek to punish NZ for damaging their futures market, but for the sake of all our futures, we simply can’t allow them to win

 

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5 Comments

  1. CLEANGREEN says:

    Thanks very much Martyn.

    “Based on research conducted by EY and Vivid Economics, the report shows the New Zealand economy could benefit by $30 billion by 2050 if government and business take early action on climate change.”

    National also hid another ‘EY’ study that validated the regional use of rail would save us bilions and the planet to but the study was produced for National at their request in 2016 but National did not release the study from EY and Labour found it buried in the Kiwrail and NZTA files two months ago so Government must ask National and Simon Bridges again why he buried this important climate changing study proving (quote) “The value of rail in NZ by EY for NZTA/Kiwirail.”

    http://www.kiwirail.co.nz/uploads/Publications/The%20Value%20of%20the%20Rail%20in%20New%20Zealand.pdf

  2. Mike the Lefty says:

    Perhaps the oil industry, like other big business simply didn’t want to wake up to the reality that their mates were no longer in power.
    Labour signalled the oil industry months ago that new offshore permits were unlikely to be approved, and yet when it actually happens they are rushing around like headless chickens.
    And as most of the political right have apparently failed to notice – it is only OFFSHORE permits. It is offshore prospecting and drilling that inflicts the most damage – to marine life ecosystems and it is right that it should not be allowed to create any new damage. Companies are still able to apply for onshore prospecting permits and existing permits are still valid.
    It is a pity our compromised news media outlets cannot permit any balanced news reporting, but it is what we have grown to expect.

  3. Lone comet says:

    I totally totally agree and its excellent to see in print your affirmative support of the government implelimenting these policies, because like you said they keep getting accused every where else for being bungling newbys. It takes a lot of bslls to go this snd they will be attackef with a vengeance.. As for Shane Jones looking like he was trying to look like he swallowed a rat or two…what a performer, and a yes, let’s just keep an eye on that guy…

  4. Observer Tokoroa says:

    Burning Diesel / Burning Petroleum

    Leaving global climate aside for a moment and focusing on our own health, we have to inform ourselves of the massive toxicity of Diesel and Petroleum. Urbanites are constantly bathed in the Toxicity day and night.

    The Particulates produced by burning oil, such as Diesel and Petroleum, even the very smallest ones, seep into living things.

    Young children are mostly affected by the Poison, as are older people. But the people in between don’t easily escape either. Early strokes are just one of the outcomes of Particulates.

    I feel quite sure that within a short space of time, the cruel toxicity of burning oils and petroleum will be hit by massive claims for massive compensation.

    Those such as the uneducated Simon Bridges who are promoting the dirty Oils, will be in the frame. So will all producers of oil, as will retailers, as will explorers.

    Just Google “Diesel and Petroleum” and count the costs.

  5. Andrewo says:

    Shutting down the Taranki oil & gas industry was not a policy that Labour was elected on.

    So this latest move was done by stealth and is therefore undemocratic.

    I also think it could cost it the next election