Windbag Woods strikes again

A very short segment on One News at Six on Thursday night introduced a new concept to the future of the great Kiwi barbeque.

The story went like this:

Wendy Petrie: “The price of turning on a gas heater or filling up the barbeque is set to get more expensive in about a year and a half according to industry figures. The government announced the end of new offshore exploration earlier in the year and says we have enough gas to last the next ten years, but National says in 2020 the demand for gas will outstrip supply, making it more expensive.”

Jonathan Young (National): “There will be more competition for that gas so the prices will, obviously, go up. We’ve seen that in Australia, their prices went up 500%.”

Wendy Petrie: “Energy Minister Megan Woods said more gas could be discovered with the current permits and the government is looking at alternatives like wind farms.”

Wind-powered barbeques? Yeah/nah.

Can the minister for energy actually even spell the word “energy”?? The minister clearly has no concept whatsoever about the portfolio entrusted to her.

As well as barbeques, domestic and commercial uses for Natural Gas include space heating, water heating and cooking. While all of those can be replaced with electricity, those people who have installed gas appliances are not going to be very happy when they have to rip them out and replace them in a few years’ time.

Electric barbeques just aren’t the same. The burst of naked flame as the fat hits the grill is an integral part of the Kiwi male psyche!

Industrial uses for Natural Gas include feedstock for?fertilizer, antifreeze, plastics, pharmaceuticals and fabrics. It is also used to manufacture a wide range of chemicals such as ammonia, methanol, butane, ethane, propane, and acetic acid.?Many manufacturing processes require heat to melt, dry, bake, or glaze a product. Natural gas is used as a heat source in making glass, steel, cement, bricks, ceramics, tile, paper, food products and many other commodities. Natural gas is also used at many industrial facilities for incineration.

Replacing Natural Gas with electricity in that list is either impossible or impractical.

Once we reach James Shaw’s Zero Carbon nirvana and are all driving electric vehicles, where is all this extra electricity going to come from?

Megan says wind farms.

Megan, don’t forget to give me a call about the bridge I have for sale, you will need my account details to deposit the money.