Doesn’t seem like a nuclear-free moment

LETTER

Our Labour Prime Minister has turned her pre-election climate change pledge into an unfunny joke.

At her August 2017 campaign launch Jacinda Ardern said climate change was “my generation’s nuclear-free moment” and New Zealand had an opportunity to shape its identity and “tackle it head on”.

On March 19 she faced up on Parliament’s forecourt to accept a 45,000-strong Greenpeace petition urging the Government to end new oil and gas exploration.

Kate Simcock of Greenpeace said the world can’t afford to burn even existing fossil fuel reserves, let alone seek out new oil and gas.

Shamefully, the following day Ms Ardern announced that the Government was not looking at halting current permits. It was considering the future of block offers for oil and gas exploration, and “everything is on the table”.

I was shocked — a move as hypocritical as National's issuing of oil and gas exploration permits immediately after the Paris promises.

Ms Ardern has sabotaged her own nuclear-free-moment promise.

The promise to transition to zero net carbon emissions by 2050 becomes a joke as well.

Ms Ardern’s child will, at 32, be living in a worsening climate and a fossil fuel-free age, and wondering whatever mum had been thinking of.

Being fair, I emailed the above text to the Prime Minister informing her I was submitting it for Gisborne Herald publication.

I received a prompt and polite reply with her Thursday opinion piece on transition attached.

I read it very carefully, but nothing she stated changed the conditions our extravagances have created for the world’s future.

Neil Degrasse Tyson: “The good thing about science is that it is true, whether or not you believe in it.”

Forget the oil companies and “weaning New Zealand off fossil fuels” on “a timeline that stretches out nearly 30 years into the future”. That will not do.

Fossilised fuel is not mother’s milk. Fifteen thousand scientists issued a global warning: We need to change the way we live in order to maintain a habitable Earth.

Unless we wish to quicken the end of civilisation, we must take advice from scientists, not oil interests.

Bob Hughes

Our Labour Prime Minister has turned her pre-election climate change pledge into an unfunny joke.

At her August 2017 campaign launch Jacinda Ardern said climate change was “my generation’s nuclear-free moment” and New Zealand had an opportunity to shape its identity and “tackle it head on”.

On March 19 she faced up on Parliament’s forecourt to accept a 45,000-strong Greenpeace petition urging the Government to end new oil and gas exploration.

Kate Simcock of Greenpeace said the world can’t afford to burn even existing fossil fuel reserves, let alone seek out new oil and gas.

Shamefully, the following day Ms Ardern announced that the Government was not looking at halting current permits. It was considering the future of block offers for oil and gas exploration, and “everything is on the table”.

I was shocked — a move as hypocritical as National's issuing of oil and gas exploration permits immediately after the Paris promises.

Ms Ardern has sabotaged her own nuclear-free-moment promise.

The promise to transition to zero net carbon emissions by 2050 becomes a joke as well.

Ms Ardern’s child will, at 32, be living in a worsening climate and a fossil fuel-free age, and wondering whatever mum had been thinking of.

Being fair, I emailed the above text to the Prime Minister informing her I was submitting it for Gisborne Herald publication.

I received a prompt and polite reply with her Thursday opinion piece on transition attached.

I read it very carefully, but nothing she stated changed the conditions our extravagances have created for the world’s future.

Neil Degrasse Tyson: “The good thing about science is that it is true, whether or not you believe in it.”

Forget the oil companies and “weaning New Zealand off fossil fuels” on “a timeline that stretches out nearly 30 years into the future”. That will not do.

Fossilised fuel is not mother’s milk. Fifteen thousand scientists issued a global warning: We need to change the way we live in order to maintain a habitable Earth.

Unless we wish to quicken the end of civilisation, we must take advice from scientists, not oil interests.

Bob Hughes

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lloyd gretton - 5 months ago
The State now is Leviathan. That is it cannot be changed in any way at all via democratic process. The politicians make promises and then after the election, with incredible speed, drop them. Change now can only come at the local community level. The community enforces a local change or legally blocks Leviathan's decree and the politicians are too scared of losing votes to intervene. The Maori Ward issue and topographical name changing are signs of the times.

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