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Communism in Electricity Doesn't Work

*SOLO-NZ Press Release:

Communism in Electricity Doesn't Work

June 29, 2008 *

Five years ago the Clark government reacted in typically Kremlinoid fashion to a dry year by setting up a new commissariat to ensure *future *dry years didn't threaten electricity supply. The Electricity

Commission's brief was to "ensure that electricity is produced and delivered to all classes of consumers in an efficient, fair, reliable and environmentally sustainable manner."

"Forty useless bureaucrats, untold useless consultants, two hundred and thirty million dollars later ... and there is still talk of power cuts this winter," observes SOLO Principal Lindsay Perigo.

"The Commission set up a diesel-burning back-up station that is now running full bore as rain stubbornly fails to fall in sufficient quantities in the right places. We are told one of the hydro lakes will have to be drawn down to its lowest level in 26 years. Finger-wagging campaigns are already underway scolding us for leaving the lights on, or not using eco-bulbs that look like a socialist's brain—gnarled, twisted and dim. Power cuts at the height of what is becoming an exceptionally cold winter are a distinct possibility.

"Chief Commissar David Caygill, who got the job because he's a former Labour Cabinet Minister, has ruled out nuclear on the grounds that it would produce too *much* power, and has slavishly endorsed the government's idiotic policy of converting the country to windmills. New hydro projects are rendered impossible by an insane green-red ideology and the Resource Management Act. The whole country is in danger of becoming, permanently, what Auckland was temporarily during the infamous power failure of the late 90s: a Third World hole reeking of toxic fumes from noisy diesel generators (when such can be obtained and the diesel can be afforded).

"New Zealanders should remind themselves that there is no shortage of anything the government doesn't attempt to produce (or control the production of), and the solution to the looming power crisis is not more government involvement but none at all. They should look for a party that promises to get the state out of energy and out of the way.

"It's time to ditch Kremlinism and unleash the power of freedom," Perigo concludes.


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