There is actually a lot of positivity in Taranaki about the positivities

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The title of this post is a direct quote from Hansard of a statement in the House. quote

There is actually a lot of positivity in Taranaki about the positivities. end quote.

Dr Megan Woods.

Venturing out onto a limb here, could there also be a lot of negativity about the negativities in Taranaki?

When quizzed about the potential loss of jobs and the cost to the country of around $28 billion, the minister assured the House that a report had said that “green energy could create more than 25,000 jobs.” Overseas experience tends to show that the great green job promise is a mirage that is always just beyond reach. Quote.

In countries like Spain and the U.K., which launched their own versions of the GEA a decade ago, the job losses are now being confirmed by independent analyses. In the U.K., a report by Verso Economics used the Scottish government’s own macroeconomic model to show that, despite receiving net transfers of about ?330-million ($521-million) from the rest of the U.K. for its renewables sector, Scotland still experienced a net job loss from wind power, and for the U.K. as a whole, 3.7 jobs were lost for every job created in renewable energy.

In Spain, researchers at King Carlos University found that, on average, each job in the wind sector cost the country more than ?1-million, implying a loss of 2.2 private sector jobs for every new job created in the renewables sector. End quote.

Fraser Institute

But the minister said that they were pumping $20 million into the region. Good grief – the budget for the Mt Messenger bypass is $200 million. What is $20 million going to achieve?

But the best bit was reserved for last: Quote.

Jonathan Young: Can she tell us how many tonnes of emissions will be removed from New Zealand because of her Government’s decision to ban new exploration permits, considering the NZIER report says the ban’s contribution to the global reduction of emissions is undetectable?

Hon Dr MEGAN WOODS: Seven million tonnes. That gas roughly makes up 9.8 percent of our total emissions inventory in 2016, so, by rough back-of-the-envelope calculations, that’s roughly 7 million tonnes. End quote.


Seven million tonnes of carbon dioxide not spat into the atmosphere for a cost of thousands of jobs and $28 billion in revenue.

Well that is certainly fantastic value for money! Quote.

Prior to this, the climate community had been patting themselves on the back as emissions had been stabilizing. In a rough wake-up call, the Global Carbon Project found this was no longer the case. This year?s numbers confirm their earlier projection: Total carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels and industry rose by 1.6 percent in 2017 to 36.2 gigatonnes CO2.

Furthermore, the Global Carbon Project expects that this number is projected to have climbed to a record 37.1 gigatonnes CO2 in 2018. Carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel sources will have grown by 2.7 percent this year, growing even more quickly than the previous year, which saw a 1.6 percent increase. End quote.


The entire world’s CO2 emissions from industry and fossil fuels was 37.1 gigatonnes last year. That is 37,100 million tonnes.

To save the world, New Zealand is going to walk away from $28 billion, destroy thousands of jobs, starve homeowners of gas for their appliances etc and make an incredibly world-leading reduction in total global CO2 emissions of …

… wait for it …


Be still my beating heart!