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Urgency demands an informed debate!!

Urgency demands an informed debate!!

Thousands of New Zealanders have become thoroughly sick of the politics of failure that have characterised both the major and most minor political parties over the past decades and many people have now realised that continuation of the politics of failure will result in complete collapse of the New Zealand economy over the coming parliamentary term.

Whilst it is perfectly obvious to many that petrol has risen in price from around 93 cents to $1.44 [plus] over the past 18 months, as a severe supply-demand crisis develops, and that further substantial rises in energy costs are inevitable, as the world rapidly approaches Peak Oil, most political parties seem to prefer to avoid discussion of this reality altogether.

Rather than discuss what is happening in the real world, most political parties prefer to ignore the facts and seem to be trying to entice voters, by offering promises of tax cuts or increases in benefits that will clearly be impossible to deliver without prematurely wrecking the New Zealand economy.

Any politician or candidate that talks of increases in exports, growth of tourism or economic growth over the coming decade has either not done his/her homework or is deliberately attempting to mislead voters into thinking that all is well with the international economic system, when in fact there is much evidence that it is about collapse, in a manner reminiscent of 1929.

Any politician who says that the present economic system can operate without cheap energy is either a fool or a liar. Without energy, nothing happens. And contrary to the common myth, the US does not have abundant stores of oil and are just awaiting the right moment for release. In fact production of oil in the US peaked around 1970 and every day that passes, the US economy is falling into a deeper and deeper hole, as it imports both more oil and natural gas.

Similarly, any candidate or politician who says that there are billions of tonnes of oil shales in Canada that will solve the world's energy problems clearly has got no clue about energy profit ratio and does not understand that most of that oil will never be extracted, since it takes vast amounts of energy to extract it. Delusions about hydrogen cars etc. are also quickly demolished by proper energy profit ratio analysis.

With our national airline facing collapse due rising fuel costs and with latent inflation about to rear its ugly head throughout the New Zealand economy, no wonder the major political parties do not want the topic of energy supply on the political agenda at all and are doing their very best to have debate on this topic avoided, or silenced until after the election. Voters need only examine party political literature or websites to realise that most parties seem oblivious of the role that energy plays in a modern society (or are pretending that it is of no real significance); yet without energy, everything grinds to a halt, including the food supply.

Unlike other political parties, Direct Democracy is taking serious note of what world renowned experts are saying about the energy crisis that is now upon us and can explain to all interested persons why the election of a Labour-lead or National-lead government would take New Zealand 'straight off the cliff', into economic and social chaos before 2008.

Now might be an appropriate time to ask why our state broadcaster, TVNZ, has decided to stonewall on the issue of energy supply and to present programmes that resemble street-market shouting matches as ‘informed debate’.

Anyone with access to the Internet can easily obtain all the evidence supporting the case for imminent Peak Oil (in the next year or two) by checking what oil geologists and energy analysts say about the matter, and should question the wisdom of heeding the pronouncements of incumbent politicians or economists, many of whom seem to completely detached from the real world - perhaps by choice.

Voters must consider why internationally renowned experts, noted for telling the truth, have decided to associate themselves with Direct Democracy. Could it be that Direct Democracy is the only party that is telling the truth and is the only party that is really preparing for it?

I therefore encourage all voters to visit the Direct Democracy website www.directdemocracy.net.nz and study the information contained on it before making any decision on how to vote.

Kevin Moore
Spokesperson for Energy and Environment

ENDS

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