Greens support fracking now?

Catherine Delahunty the member for Mars, visited the Wairakei geo-thermal field with Gareth Hughes.


She has blogged about it where she waxes lyrical about the renewable nature of geo-thermal power.

We support geothermal power, all kinds of renewables and a positive intervention for a fair price to all our people.

The geothermal resource is being well managed and sustained, the story of its development is extraordinary in terms of renewable energy, and it was great to meet the people who run the power stations on the ground.

I think this is fabulous news. 

Does Catherine  know that geo-thermal power generation requires extensive drilling (as in mining) as well as fracking?

Don’t you just love all the synthetic gear, made from oil products they are wearing…as well as the substantial amount of metal piping they are standing in front of…that required extensive mining and burning of fossil fuels to manufacture, not to mention transport and construct.

These guys are freakin’ muppets. Sanctimonious hypocrites…against fracking but now calling geo-thermal sustainable renewable power generation.


THANK YOU for being a subscriber. Because of you Whaleoil is going from strength to strength. It is a little known fact that Whaleoil subscribers are better in bed, good looking and highly intelligent. Sometimes all at once! Please Click Here Now to subscribe to an ad-free Whaleoil.

  • williamabong

    “Does Catherine know that geo-thermal power generation requires extensive drilling (as in mining) as well as fracking”

    Catherine and that stupid man child with her wouldn’t know the postman was up them till they heard the whistle.
    Bet it took them ages to ride there on their bikes, perhaps they drove instead, but wait wouldn’t that make them hypocrites, move along nothing to see here.

  • blokeintakapuna

    Anything to get our photo’s in the media…

  • peterwn

    One would have thought that the Greens would have wanted a moratorium on geothermal development because of all the nasties brought to the surface which could escape.

    • Justsayn

      Nasties like Noddy Norman?

  • OT Richter

    Bet they stayed at the Huka Lodge also – to reduce transport ‘costs’ to and from the site.

    2 seconds later a contractor drove his Hilux through the puddle and covered them in fracking residue.

  • Ronnie Chow

    All they need now is dirty hands . Oh wait..

  • williamabong

    Does the member from mars have to pay extra to take her child with her when she visits?

  • tarkwin

    It’s nice to know that on a slow Friday up here in the freezing North I can rely on the Greens to come up with something stupid to brighten up my day.

  • Macca

    LOL – you took the words right out of my mouth Cam! I was going to ask the question how they made all those pipes out of mud and sticks as mining is off the agenda! Bloody morons!

    • Euan Ross-Taylor

      Oh come on macca , the ore was mined in oz and the pipes in China. NZ Greens know that other countries will do their dirty work for them as long as they can’t see it.

  • Kendall

    “Hey Clint! Are we allowed to know where all this pipe came from?

  • GregM

    “We support geothermal power, all kinds of renewables and a positive intervention for a fair price to all our people”
    Good. Lets build some hydro dams then, stop saying NO to everything.

  • LesleyNZ

    Amen! MMP is such a dog. What a lot of dopey people we have in parliament because of MMP.

    • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

      Only as good as the people who chose to implement the system…

  • JC

    Read this to appreciate the full extent of geothermal extraction at Wairakei.. look at them nasties!:


  • Timboh

    Is this a photo of the mythical ManBearPig?

  • Jimmie

    Feck – I hope that school kid got permission to wag from school yesterday….

  • John1234

    Do they realise that geothermal generation can emit as much CO2 as a gas generator?

    • Euan Ross-Taylor

      Shhhhhh , don,t wake the baby!

  • Perfo

    Little to the Greens know, geothermal fluid coming from the ground contains not insignificant amounts of CO2 and H2S, both well regarded greenhouse gases. These are vented to the atmosphere.

    • Andy

      and this is why Geothermal comes under the ETS

  • Patrick

    What about the “nasties” they pump back into the ground during the process? These Greens are off the planet, it is the sort of thinking one would expect from a 10 year old. Anyone considering voting for this mob for whatever reason needs to have their head read.

  • Andy

    Geothermal energy in NZ comes under the ETS because of the CO2 it releases from the process.

    NZ is taxing Geothermal because it is bad, er sorry good, for the environment

  • steve and monique

    School trip??.

  • DLNZ

    The smell of Hughdrogen Sulphide was particularly strong in Taupo yesterday. Particularly toxic when combined with economic brainfarts from Russell, noxious Me-tiria-thane and Sheep emissions.

  • Gibbo

    First they may want to tell their mate Rusty that his electricity policy will effectively stop any further investment in geothermal generation for the next 10 years before getting to steamed up about it.

    For the record though, although some of the drilling is deep (2-3km), NZ doesn’t rely on fracking to stimulate any of our geothermal fields:

  • cows4me

    Geothermal renewable, not sure about that. Geothermal fields can wain and even cease over time. Geothermal fields have a lifespan just like an oil well does. Another heroic fail, it’s only renewable in the sense of continually developing and prospecting.

    • Dave

      Remember the Geothermal wells to most homes in Rotorua being shut down in most cases or severely restricted approx 15 years ago, they were cut back as the main geysers were waining and the “Traditional Owners” of those resources, wanted to keep the tourism dollars rolling in.

  • GazzW

    Maybe the member for Mars and the boy-child plan on being co-Ministers for Energy in 2014.

    • Sponge

      The boy is a vile little rat faced prick.

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    Who let them in?

  • johnbronkhorst

    “Greens support fracking now?”
    Punctuation and spelling and tense….really Cam…must do better.
    Should read “Green’s support, fracked now?”

    • Travis Poulson


  • Bad__Cat

    Look at the smiling happy children, all dressed up, pretending they are workers.

  • Mr_V4

    A pity Meridian don’t connect a large hamster wheel to the grid and put old ratface in it to generate a few watts.

    At least he would be doing something useful, now what does an $80,000 parliamentary salary divided by 30c/kWh work out to be ….

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    STUFF Reports – The old saying that “what goes up must come down” doesn’t apply to carbon dioxide pollution in the air, which just hit an unnerving
    milestone. The chief greenhouse gas was measured last week at 400 parts per
    million in Hawaii, a monitoring site that sets the world’s benchmark.
    It’s a symbolic mark that scientists and environmentalists have been
    anticipating for years. While this week’s number has garnered all sorts of attention, it is just a daily reading in the month when the chief greenhouse gas peaks in
    the northern hemisphere. It will be lower the rest of the year. This year will probably average around 396ppm. But not for long – the trend is going up and at faster and faster rates. Within a decade the world will never see days – even in the cleanest
    of places on days in the fall when greenhouse gases are at their lowest
    – when the carbon measurement falls below 400ppm, said James Butler,
    director of global monitoring at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
    Administration’s Earth Science Research Lab in Colorado.

    Global warming is alive and kickin bros….

    “The 400 is a reminder that our emissions are not only continuing,
    but they’re accelerating; that’s a scary thing,” Butler said.

    “We’re stuck. We’re going to keep going up.”

    • Mr_V4

      And Carbon Dioxide is pollution in what regard?

  • Mediaan

    How is geothermal power sustainable if under further development?

    In Rotorua, people with geothermal bores have for years been complaining about how the heat and power from them has declined sharply. It’s because of too many bores.

    Finite resource, too many users.

    Similarly, you will be told by the guides at Whaka Maori village how the geysers etc are much smaller and less impressive these days than they used to be.

    (I see others have already made this point, here, but it may be worth repeating. It makes nonsense of Delahunty and Hughes’ silly press release and photo. Can these Green MP people read?)

  • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

    When I grow up, leave parliament and get a real job… Is this “take your child to work with you day?”

  • Lopsy

    Wheres Clint?