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Clean beaches and an Option for the Future

Clean beaches and an Option for the Future

Oil Free Otago is stoked to hear today’s decision by the Green Party to oppose Deep Sea Drilling. “Now the many thousands of New Zealanders who last summer showed their opposition to deep sea drilling on beaches across Aotearoa have a positive choice this election” said Oil Free Otago spokesperson, Rosemary Penwarden.

Unlike the two major parties, the Greens appear to have joined the dots between deep sea drilling and climate change. Exploring for more oil or gas in riskier, deeper oceans is plain stupid when most already discovered fossil fuels must remain unburned if we are to avoid runaway climate change.

“Anadarko limped away from here empty-handed and $300 million dollars poorer. That was money that would be better spent on a clean energy future.”

“The National government’s deep sea drilling agenda is not only risky; it is more of the same outmoded thinking that threatens our wildlife, our oceans and our children’s future.”

“Instead of going backwards we should be developing solutions to transition to a safe, low carbon economy.” Ms Penwarden said.

“Today the Green Party is taking the lead and making a stand for a cleaner, fairer smarter New Zealand.”


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