Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


National's oil obsession runs out of gas

National's oil obsession runs out of gas

The rapid decline in oil production and exports under the current government confirms that National's oil drilling obsession has been an economic and environmental failure, Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said today.

Oil production in New Zealand has fallen by 40% and oil export revenue by 47% under the current government, which is paying $45 million a year in subsidies to the fossil fuel industry.

"National's oil drilling obsession has been an economic and environmental failure," said Dr Norman.

"For six years, National has lavished taxpayer subsidies on the oil industry and changed laws at the whim of drilling companies. But New Zealand has gained nothing in return.

"The riches promised by John Key and Steven Joyce have failed to materialise. Oil production has fallen by 40% and oil export revenue has been cut in half.

"The latest failure of US drillers Anadarko to find oil just confirms that gambling on oil finds is not a successful economic policy. Even if oil was found, it would just add to the global pool of fossil fuel reserves that can't be burned if we are to avoid catastrophic climate change.

"National has bet the public's money on the wrong horse. We should be investing, instead, in jobs-rich sectors with proven success records like hi-tech manufacturing and IT.

"National's economic strategy rests on asset sales and oil drilling. Both have been total failures. Smart, green economic policies are the path to a prosperous New Zealand," said Dr Norman.


Additional information:
2013$
Exports of Oil and related products
Gross petajoules (PJ)
NZ Oil Production
2008
$ 3,251,924,048
2008
143.0
2009
$ 2,057,046,806
2009
119.1
2010
$ 2,195,818,289
2010
128.2
2011
$ 2,575,049,367
2011
110.2
2012
$ 2,211,827,922
2012
98.8
2013
$ 1,726,752,000
2013
85.9
change
-47%
change
-40%
Statistics New Zealand, Overseas Merchandise Trade series
MED Energy data file
WWF report on fossil fuel subsidies

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On Gaza And Burning The Israeli Flag

One of the selling points in New Zealand’s campaign for a temporary seat on the Security Council is that we have a pluckily independent voice to offer on international conflicts.

This image is not entirely self-delusional. When we did occupy a temporary UN Security Council seat in the 1990s, New Zealand was forthright about the need for the international community to actively respond to the Rwanda genocide. On April 14, 1994, New Zealand, Nigeria and the Czech Republic were the only nations to call for a forceful UN intervention to halt the killings. It was a proud moment in the diplomatic record of the Bolger government.

What then, is the current National government doing with respect to the slaughter in Gaza? More>>

 

Parliament Today:

TAIC Report: Urgent Recommendations After Melling Rail Accident

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has made four urgent recommendations to KiwiRail following the accident two months ago (27 May) when a Matangi passenger train collided with a stop block at Melling Station, Lower Hutt. More>>

ALSO:

Red Tape: Local Regulations Go Under Microscope

The Government says it is accepting nearly all of the recommendations the Productivity Commission has made on ways to improve local regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Spending Questions: Claudette Hauiti To Step Aside At Election

National Party President Peter Goodfellow confirms that he has received notification from List MP Claudette Hauiti that she plans to step aside at the 20 September election. More>>

ALSO:

EPA: Board Of Inquiry Rejects Basin Flyover By Majority Of 3 To 1

The independent Board of Inquiry delegated to decide on the Basin Bridge Proposal has, by a majority decision (3 to 1), cancelled the Transport Agency’s Notice of Requirement and declined its resource consent applications for the construction, operation and maintenance of a flyover on State Highway 1 in Wellington City... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Non-Apology To Tania Billingsley

The refusal by Prime Minister John Key to issue a personal apology to Tania Billingsley has been accompanied by an array of excuses... Yesterday though, Key’s choice of words indicated that an apology was the last thing on his mind. More>>

ALSO:

Conventions: Winston Peters On The Nation

Winston Peters opens door to standing in East Coast Bays electorate, says it's an "exciting point" and he's thinking about it. "I’ve had a whole lot of people writing to me and calling up and saying ‘why don’t you have a go in East Coast Bays’." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news