Parliament

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

 

Emerging tech makes mockery of Woods’ gas ban

27 November 2018

Emerging tech makes mockery of Woods’ gas ban

Megan Woods has added to the confusion on the Government’s oil and gas exploration ban, by praising hydrogen technology but not a gas-fed hydrogen plant with no emissions, National’s Energy and Resources spokesperson Jonathan Young says.

“The Minister is clearly disconcerted by the proposition of using natural gas to produce hydrogen, fertilizer and electricity, which can capture CO2 in the process and stop it escaping into the atmosphere. Is the Minister relying on science and evidence to guide her decision making or not?

“The Government was aware of the $1 billion-plus Pouakai NZ project in Taranaki when the ban became law this month because the parent US based company has asked for Provincial Growth Fund money to contribute to its feasibility study.

“The project tests the Government’s support for a technological transition for the hydrocarbon industry and it brings the promise of jobs to a region hard hit by the ban.

“Ms Woods was equivocal on whether to support Pouakai NZ, saying any company is free to make ‘commercial decisions’ to use gas. But not supporting a new natural gas-fed plant would mean turning her back on innovation and ignoring science.

“She is failing to strengthen our energy security and failing to use our resource estate in the best interests of New Zealanders. It makes one wonder what she’s doing as the Minister of Energy and Resources as well as Science and Innovation.

“The bottom line is the new exploration ban is a short sighted, scientifically bereft policy that this government has made law, and needs to be repealed sooner rather than later. National commits to repealing this daft law if this government does not have the nous to.”


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On How America’s Middle East Allies Are Poisoning The Ground Joe Biden Will Inherit

As even the US mainstream media has been reporting, the prime motive for the murder of Iran’s top nuclear scientist Dr. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh (by Israeli or Saudi operatives, or both) has been to poison the situation that the next US president will inherit. At best, there was only an outside chance that the incoming Biden administration and the outgoing liberal regime of Iranian PM Hassan Rouhani could have revived the Iran anti-nuclear deal that Rouhani had negotiated in 2015 with Barack Obama. Deliberately though, America’s allies have now made it impossible for Biden to pursue that option... More>>

 

WorkSafe: 13 Parties Charged Over Whakaari/White Island Tragedy

WorkSafe New Zealand today filed charges against 13 parties in relation to the Whakaari/White Island eruption in December last year. “22 people have lost their lives in this tragic event. WorkSafe is tasked with investigating workplace incidents to determine ... More>>

ALSO:

Pay Gap: Progress On Pay Equity For DHB Staff

Today’s initial agreement between DHBs and the PSA on pay equity for clerical and administration staff is an important step toward better, fairer pay for this crucial and largely female workforce, Health Minister Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

New Zealand Government: Speech From The Throne

It is my privilege to exercise the prerogative of Her Majesty the Queen and open the 53rd Parliament.
In the October election, New Zealanders elected a majority Government for the first time under our Mixed Member Proportional electoral system... More>>

Media: Stuff Holds Itself Accountable For Wrongs To Māori

Stuff has today published the results of an investigation into itself, and issued a public apology, for the way the media organisation has portrayed Māori, the indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand, from its first editions to now. Tā Mātou Pono | More>>

ALSO:

New Zealand Government: To Declare A Climate Emergency

The Government will declare a climate emergency next week, Climate Change Minister James Shaw said today. “We are in the midst of a climate crisis that will impact on nearly every aspect of our lives and the type of planet our children will inherit ... More>>

ALSO:

Economy: Crown Accounts Reflect Govt’s Careful Economic Management

The better-than-expected Crown accounts released today show the Government’s careful management of the COVID-19 health crisis was the right approach to support the economy. As expected, the Crown accounts for the year to June 2020 show the operating balance ... More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels