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Labour desperate over long-term energy crisis

Gerry Brownlee MP
National Party Energy Spokesman

1 October 2008

Labour desperate over long-term energy crisis

National’s Energy spokesman, Gerry Brownlee, says after nine years, routine electricity crises, and domestic price rises of 48% in the past five years, Labour is in desperate damage control over the state of the energy sector.

“Only the most naive would believe that Labour’s big announcement to review electricity prices just weeks out from an election was anything more than a smokescreen.

“Labour knows it has failed to future-proof our energy infrastructure, but they are casting around hunting for some convenient scapegoat to take the heat for its years of failure.”

Mr Brownlee says the Electricity Commission was set up in 2003 to ensure security of electricity supply.

“It has cost the taxpayer $230 million, but the issues remain the same today as they did when Labour established this new bureaucracy.

“Labour’s policy is all over the show.

“At the same time as imposing a thermal ban, the Government has burned millions of litres of diesel at the emergency Whirinaki plant just to keep the lights on.

“Earlier this year, the Electricity Commission also requested millions of dollars to buy more diesel and reserve capacity.

“All this adds up to ad hoc policy thrown together in a haphazard way to meet Labour’s political needs.

“For Labour to now suggest that some kind of competitive pricing review will fix the deep-seated failings that have been allowed to develop is an exercise in delusion.”

To view National’s Energy Policy visit: http://www.national.org.nz/Article.aspx?ArticleId=28403

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