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Uncertain Energy Future Does Nothing For Climate

GREENPEACE STATEMENT ON NEW ZEALAND ENERGY SUPPLY

Uncertain Energy Future Does Nothing For The Climate

5 September 2002: Greenpeace shares Business New Zealand’s concerns about the country’s future energy uncertainty.

“Given the Government’s concern about climate change and the early depletion of the Maui gas field, New Zealand’s future energy supply needs to be addressed, said Robbie Kelman, Greenpeace New Zealand Climate Campaigner.

“Decisions about our energy supply must be based on the need to halt global climate change not expanding coal consumption.

“It is alarming Minister Hodgson is suggesting that the loss of Maui gas may mean further consumption of coal in New Zealand - burning more coal, the most carbon intensive fossil fuel, completely contradicts protecting the world’s climate.

“Statements like this also contradict the Governments 2000 ‘Energy Policy Framework’ that states; “The Government is committed to a sustainable and efficient energy future; a progressive transition to renewable sources of energy; (energy) prices reflect the full costs of supply including environmental costs.

“If we are to avoid dangerous levels of climate change, a phase out of fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas) is necessary. The Government needs to show leadership on how New Zealand will manage this ‘transition to renewable sources of energy.”

For more information: Robbie Kelman, 021 565165

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