Rachel Stewart has once again proven why she is this country’s best columnist (it is so weird that she wasn’t included in this years media awards yet an over rated mummy blogger and Ben Mack eye-rollingly were) with this damning indictment on the NZ oil Industry...
I don’t know which is more laughable. The Opposition’s wilful ignorance of why fossil fuels need to stay in the ground, or the oil and gas industry’s plaintive cries about not being consulted by the Government on the halting of offshore permits?
The National Party’s default position has been to accuse the Government of economic ignorance, while also trying hard to claim that the Block Offer decision had nothing at all to do with the Paris Agreement.
Bottom line? The world has to wean itself off fossil fuels. This is not some lovely aspiration; it’s a non-negotiable fact. The Government’s move is more about price signalling than virtue signalling.
…one point in particular deserves special attention…
And let’s not forget who New Zealand Oil & Gas is. They were a driving force in the creation of Pike River Mine, and still owned a third when it exploded. In 2013, 99 per cent of NZOG shareholders voted against a payout of $3.4 million dollars in reparations to the families of the miners killed.
…that’s right, the industry whining that they weren’t consulted over Labour’s decision to end their future speculation are the same ones who were responsible for Pike River and voted to give the families they murdered nothing.
Fuck NZ Oil & Gas! The sooner we rid this country of them and move towards sustainable energy, the better.