Support for ‘keep coal in the hole’

Greenpeace called last night for Labour and National to support Jeanette’s six-point plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from coal.

Coal is the most climate-damaging fossil fuel. “It smacks of hypocrisy for New Zealand to claim any leadership role on tackling climate change while coal-mining continues to expand,? said Mr Boxer.

“Political parties need to commit to limiting coal exports and phasing out Genesis Energy’s Huntly power station – New Zealand’s largest point-source greenhouse gas polluter.”

And No Right Turn highlights just how achiveable the Greens’ plan is with the right political will:

New Zealand is fortunate in that we could actually do this. We have plenty of renewable energy options, so we don’t actually need to burn coal to keep the lights on. Most of our production is for export, which is contributing to a global problem we do not wish to be a part of. The industry is almost entirely dominated by the government, which effectively makes a loss on it. Phasing out coal and limiting it to domestic industrial use would therefore make no difference at all to the lives of the vast majority of New Zealanders. The question is whether we will have the political will to go ahead with it.

In the Press the focus was on the the Save Happy Valley campaign:

Fitzsimons yesterday endorsed Save Happy Valley’s activities.

“They’re great what they do. You need some of that kind of youthful energy,” she said.

Save Happy Valley had “a number of” Green Party members in its ranks.

Oh, and while I’m pointing to other sites, this post by Hot Topic has nothing to do with coal, but it’s priceless.

7 Comments Posted

  1. # treesoftomorrow Says:
    April 23rd, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    > also on that last coment.. they do have permits to ‘hunt posses or kill kiwi’.

    really? that seems bizarre.

  2. Solid Energy spent $50 000 on a snail PR movie, Solid Energy through their spy friends (and Private security contracters the bumbly, Thompson and Clark) were offereing a chch man $50 000 to spy on the save happy valley group.

    No wonder solid energy is loosing money.

    also on that last coment.. they do have permits to ‘hunt posses or kill kiwi’.

  3. Solid Energy spent $50 000 on a snail PR movie, Solid Energy through their spy friends (and Private security contracters the bumbly, Thompson and Clark) were offereing a chch man $50 000 to spy on the save happy valley group.

    No wonder solid energy is loosing money.

    also on that last coment.. they do have permits to ‘hunt posses or kill kiwi’.

  4. Well Kevin NRT had more:

    Solid Energy delivers around $110 million a year to the government – $20 million in dividends, $40 million in GST on domestic coal sales, and $50 million in company tax (income tax on the wages it pays is presumably excluded because those people would likely be doing some other job, but you can throw that in if you want – it’s an extra $20 – 30 million, and makes no difference to the final analysis). But at $30 / ton (which is now looking like a midrange figure), the carbon cost of the coal it mines comes to $204 million – almost twice as much. And that’s without considering the costs of polluted waterways, dead kiwi, or dirty great holes in the ground. From the government’s point of view, Solid Energy is simply a losing proposition.

    thoughts? dead kiwi might be a bit much, but dead *something else*, quite possibly.

  5. Noooooooooooo

    Come on guys, you were doing well by following my advice then you go and release this policy which can only be described as stupid.
    Met has done well with her call for set net bans, you have manged to keep Sue B muzzled which is always going to gain you votes and then you do ruin it all with this garbage.

  6. frog, the Flat Earth Society support for the Climate Science Coalition link really deserved its own thread – it is indeed priceless. I note Don Brash was at the CSC dinner. What about Pamela Stirling?

  7. So let me get this right. NZ is too poor to have the clean green environment you want (largely because of decades of policies supported by the redgreens). We’re too poor to even get the coal out of the ground and use it to develop our industrial capacity to a point where we could have a clean green country. So your solution is to make us poorer by leaving the coal in the ground. Mmmm… I suppose this makes sense in someone’s ulterior universe.

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