This Election, voters have a very clear choice for New Zealand’s energy future: more fracking as National advocates, more risky deep sea drilling as Labour promotes, or more clean energy like solar that the Greens are pushing.
Blogging is a great way MPs can communicate and engage with citizens about the issues facing us. I have joined The Daily Blog blogging team and have so far posted on Anadarko’s failure to find oil and a piece outlining my political vision in the lead up to Septembers Election. My latest Daily Blog looks at comments around fracking and climate change:
“Huntly…is a symbol of the ‘think big’ centralised fossil fuel-dominated electricity system that served us reasonably well for its time, but like the faded and peeling paint inside the station, it is an old-fashioned reminder times have changed.”
Over the weekend I launched proposals that will make it easier for families to reap the benefits of solar panels and other small scale renewable distributed generation.
The IMF have come out strongly against fossil fuel subsidies, saying that they are threatening both the environment and the stability of the global economy. The IMF has calculated around $1.9 trillion worldwide, or 8 percent of Government revenue is spent on energy subsidies the vast majority of these contributing to climate change.
I am celebrating today after the news that Solid Energy will be dropping its Lignite project in Southland. This is a win for the climate and our environment and for Southland.