Blindsided and ordered to change

Radio NZ reports:

The government is telling the New Zealand oil industry that the world is changing and it is time it faced the facts.

The oil industry said yesterday it was shocked and blindsided by the government’s announcement that it will be ending offshore oil and gas exploration.

Senior Cabinet minister Andrew Little travelled to Taranaki last night and spoke to a public meeting of about 50 people about the announcement.

“I know that announcements of the sort that we’ve heard today can come as a shock, can take some people by surprise and I get that, but this is not about turning off the spigots tomorrow and shoving people out of work, this country has had that experience and we don’t want to repeat that.

“But what we do want to do it to work together to work out where that future lies.” End quote.

Except my sources tell me that turning off the spigots immediately is precisely what the Greens and Labour wanted to do. Were it not for Winston Peters and a few brave souls in cabinet that is precisely what would have been announced on Thursday morning. Instead we’ve got this… and that is bad enough. No wonder Shane Jones was ordered to ham it up at the press conference. Quote.

New Plymouth mayor Neil Holdom has described the government’s move as “a kick in the guts” for Taranaki’s economy.

But Mr Little said Taranaki’s political leaders may have been naive.

“It would be a pity if the leadership of the last 20 or 30 years in Taranaki has been ‘we can continue to rely on oil and gas and dairy to get us through’ because I don’t think that was ever a safe strategy, if it was a strategy.”

Mr Little said the downturn in the oil industry has been obvious to everyone in that community as has the government’s intention to transition away from fossil fuels.

“There’s a reason why Shell is leaving New Zealand, because of a world-wide decision that it’s made – because the world is changing.” End of quote.

Way to go Little. Insult Taranaki’s political leaders. As for the claim that the oil industry is in a downturn… it is not. More oil is being produced in greater quantities than ever before. That is why the price of oil is low at the moment… because peak oil has never arrived. We’ve found oil and ways to extract it from places we never thought possible. So, it is a lie that the oil industry is in a downturn. His claim about Shell is misleading too. But he will get used to announcing oil companies leaving NZ… it will become a march. Quote.

But Tag Oil country manager Max Murray was not impressed.

“It did catch us out, we didn’t see this coming.

“[We’re] really concerned about the lack of consultation, sounds like now we’ll get a chance to actually have a conversation about a decision that has already been made – after the fact, which is really disappointing,” Mr Murray said.

Oil industry analyst Len Houwers said he thought the move was not logical.

“I don’t see any connection between attacking the supply side of the equation without addressing the demand side.

“We’re still 60 percent reliant on fossil fuels, stopping exploration in New Zealand isn’t going to change that.” End quote.

Exactly. We export hundreds of millions of dollars of oil every year, at good prices, and higher than we import oil for. We also make huge licensing fees and taxes off the industry. Now the government have decided that they don’t want the industry; that we should ignore our natural resources that others countries would kill for and they are telling us we have to change. All based on a fraud based on predictions that have never eventuated.

The sun is entering a minimum phase, thought to be of the same scale as the <Maunder minimum, and we haven’t had any warming for nearly 20 years. Yet, somehow we have to be first; we have to destroy our economy to show the world that you can live without oil. We already know this. Life was much shorter, colder and nastier then. But it seems the fools in Greens and Labour want us to return to the buggy era.


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