David Shearer’s solution to high power prices made clear… um…

David Shearer appeared on Larry Williams’ show last night to clarify…uhm….er…his…ahhh…position on…um lowering power…um…power prices.

There you go, all cleared up…got it. 

This is the graph that David Shearer posted on Facebook.



As Larry Williams pointed out most of those countries have higher prices for power than NZ. Korea is actually the cheapest of them, and their power supplier is 51% owned by the government and 49% investors, the perfect mixed ownership model.

David Shearer is so dumb his graph actually supports mixed ownership models for power. Again most fo those countries have mixed ownership of power supply companies. The only country on the graph with state control is Norway and their power prices went up.

To cap it all off for a massive own goal, the USA has experienced power price falls because since 2009 they have opened up massive fracking fields and delivered natural gas to power plants far cheaper than coal, many coal plants are now converted to gas.

So Shearer, with one little graph and no policy has stated that Labour, a) Supports fracking, b) Supports Mixed Ownership, c) proves they have no idea what they are talking about.


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  • Phar Lap

    David “credibility gap” Shearer strikes again,completely confused.

  • DangerousE

    Clear as mud.

  • SJ00

    What a stupid graph by a stupid party. Maybe those countries have been price gouging worse than our country and have higher prices, so they can afford to drop them by at most 11%. Doesn’t come close to the 71% Labour raised them by. I’m surprised they haven’t linked the prices rises under Labour to John Key making it his fault.

  • kohibruce

    NZ’s residential power prices are pretty much bang on the OECD average – see link below – the last thing NZ needs is to socialize electricity supply. Refer International Energy Agency data at http://www.med.govt.nz/sectors-industries/energy/energy-modelling/data/international-comparisons.

  • In Vino Veritas

    His party is setting him up. He needs to harden up, pull out the long knife and start cleaning up his party with some pure brutality. This sort of interview is a no win for anyone in that party, so why in heck is HE doing it? Give it to Robertson or Cunliffe. Or Little.

  • CJA

    Did anyone laugh that all the drops are in Red (Labour) bar Norway and the biggest rise is in Blue (National).

  • AnonWgtn

    North Korea has the lowest – nil to the ten people who have electric power.

  • Lion_ess

    What a pathetic lying cunt. I feel sorry for the interviewers who have to have him on their shows, hoping for some meaningful exchange, but getting the village idiot. Most of the zb hosts would just cut the calls off … if he weren’t the opposition leader.

    Thinking about it .. he would do better as a panel guest on 7 Days – at least he’d get some laughs.