Shane Jones is having another flick at the Green taliban, over their anti-progress nihilism.
Northland-based Labour list MP Shane Jones has again hit out at the Green Party for opposing development of the regions’ resources, including oil and gas, which he says could help reduce spiralling Maori unemployment.
Energy and Resources Minister Phil Heatley this week announced which areas, including a large section of seabed off Ninety Mile Beach, would be opened up for oil and gas exploration next year. He said the Government had begun consultation with relevant iwi.
Green Party oceans spokesman Gareth Hughes said the Government was “gambling with New Zealand’s economy” by allowing the exploration in deep water, “because if there is a leak there is no sure way to stop it”.
Promotion of the petroleum industry was “not a smart way to run the economy”, he said.
The Green taliban are acting like ostriches, with their head in the sand. They simply do not want to even know if there are resources, they are opposed to progress.
But Mr Jones, who has clashed with the Greens before over the prospect of mining in Northland and also over the party’s criticism of the fishing industry, said Mr Hughes’ opposition was premature.
“Let the information be uncovered first. It may be that the area is commercially barren, not unlike the minds conceiving that Green rhetoric.”
Mr Jones did not think the prospects of any significant oil and gas industry in Northland in the short term were high, “but in the absence of information you can guarantee you’ll never see it up there”.
“Let these decisions be made in a rational fashion, not this kneejerk emotionalism that one comes to expect from the Green Party.”
Maori unemployment is 25% in Northland…imagine what it would be if Green economic policies can to bear…Northland would become like Greece with 58% unemployment!
When are people going to stop listening to the child MP who isn’t even remotely qualified to comment on anything other than the price of a Happy Meal at McDonalds.