The great leap backwards begins as government bans oil and gas exploration in New Zealand

In what can only be described as an act of economic sabotage and treason, the government has moved to ban oil and gas exploration.

The Herald reports:

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has banned future offshore oil and gas exploration in New Zealand.

The only exploration likely to be contemplated by the new Government is on-shore exploration, limited to energy-rich Taranaki.

“We’re protecting industry and protecting future generations from climate change,” said Ardern. End quote.

Rubbish. The ban just means those industries are dead in NZ, and those skilled workers will move offshore to continue employment and we will increase our imports of oil and coal. This has nothing to do with climate change and just harms our own economy.

We will instead be pouring billions of dollars into the pockets of rich Arabs while our natural mineral wealth lies unused. Ardern says this is about the future:

Ardern and the ministers are expected to outline plans for their version of a managed transition towards a carbon-neutral economy by 2050 and a goal of achieving 100 per cent renewable electricity by 2035.?End quote.

Yeah? And how are all those electric car owners faring in Auckland with four days of power outages. Even if you accept the premise that this is about the future, what about the present?

National points out:

The Government?s decision to ban gas and petroleum exploration is economic vandalism that makes no environmental sense, National MPs Jonathan Young and Todd Muller says.

“This decision will ensure the demise of an industry that provides over 8000 high paying jobs and $2.5 billion for the economy,” Energy and Resources Spokesperson Jonathan Young says.

“Without exploration there will be no investment in oil and gas production or the downstream industries. That means significantly fewer jobs.

“This decision is devoid of any rationale. It certainly has nothing to do with climate change. These changes will simply shift production elsewhere in the world, not reduce emissions.

“Gas is used throughout New Zealand to ensure security of electricity supply to every home in New Zealand. Our current reserves will last less than ten years – when they run out we will simply have to burn coal instead, which means twice the emissions.

“The Government says that existing wells will continue but that?s code for winding the sector down.?End quote.

This also appears to contrast Winston Peters previous statements on the issue, which it is fair to say are confusing at the very least.

Helen Clark once famously described protestors as “wreckers and haters”. It now appears that the label should apply to this government.

This government is more intent on slogans and virtue-signalling than anything else. It seems Twitter and online petitions carry more sway with them and anything that is hard or they don’t know what they want to do yet gets shunted to a inquiry or working group.

I should have thought a decision as large as this should have gone to a working group at the very least. But no, it seems the government is beholden not only to unions but also environmental terrorists like Greenpeace.