We now know what is not coming down the pipeline

New Zealand Now

An article has been sitting in the “must write a post about this one day” file since late March. Today seemed an appropriate day. Quote:

Up to 8000 people, around 10 per cent of Taranaki’s population, could be seriously affected if the government went ahead and stopped future oil and gas exploration, a regional business leader has said.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s statements this week that the government was “actively considering everything” on the future of oil and gas exploration has put many in the region on alert. End of quote.

Well, she did not “actively consider” for very long.  Her Greenpeace advisors suggested a “captain’s call” would be in order: no need to consult or have a conversation or create a working party on this one; “Let’s Do This.”

So 8000 people seriously affected: how many others somewhat affected by the time the multiplier effect kicks in? 20,000?  30,000? Quote:

An economic report by tourism and economic body Venture Taranaki in March 2015 found the oil and gas industry pumped $1.57billion into Taranaki’s total GDP.
The industry directly employed 4340 full-time workers and created 7070 jobs, the report said.[…] End of quote.

How many families does that lift out of poverty? Quote:

Petroleum Exploration and Production Association of New Zealand (PEPANZ) confirmed TagOil​ was currently drilling, and Tamarind Resources had an offshore well planned for the 2018-19 summer.

There were other drilling commitments coming up in South Island, with east coast permits held by Shell, OMV, NZ Oil and Gas, and Beach Energy, likely to be drilled in the 2019-20 summer, a spokesman said.

Taranaki Chamber of Commerce chief executive Arun Chaudhari said any uncertainty in allowing future drilling permits would be “very detrimental’ to the local economy.

“We have in Taranaki around 8000 people, directly and indirectly involved in the oil and gas industry, whose jobs would be at risk,” he said.

There would be flow-on effects, from the benefits of the oil and gas industry, in local businesses from the dry cleaning store which cleaned overalls, to retail shops, real estate and schools, he said.

“Everything would be affected.” End of quote.

But the Greenpeace protesters will be happy – so that’s OK, then. Quote:

Chaudhari said Ardern was in a “tough spot” as she asked for more time to decide on whether to stop all permitting.

“It is far too early for the government to be saying anything about stopping permits as it is not addressing the reality, it’s only using ideology, not the methodology, on how it wants to achieve its aims.”

The worst thing New Zealand could do is put up a sign saying it is closed for business and create a climate of uncertainty among the global oil and gas sector waiting for any shift in government policy, he said.

“We don’t want to do send out that sort of message. End of quote.

Well, comrades, the fish and chip wrapper in chief – just did! Quote:

New Zealand’s energy generation was 80 per cent renewable energy and Taranaki was the only region in New Zealand producing oil and gas, he said.

“It is the cleanest and most reliable form of energy; it provides Aucklanders with hot water for showers each morning.[…]

Venture Taranaki chief executive Stuart Trundle said […]”The details of any transition process will be critical to the impact on the Taranaki region and its people.

“We look forward to working with the Prime Minister to identify evidence-based solutions to secure long-term jobs in the region.” End of quote.

Evidence-based?  How last century.  Virtue signalling is the modern way …


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