Anti-coal, anti-oil petition to arrive at Parliament
Tue, 24 Jul 2012 10:30a.m.
Greenpeace and environmental activists will head to Parliament today to deliver a petition with 140,000 signatures against coal mining and offshore drilling.
It’s the latest in a series of protests against the Government’s support of fossil fuel exploration.
The petition asks the Government to “permanently stop all plans to open up New Zealand’s coastal waters to offshore oil drilling and stop any expansion of coal mining”.
Greenpeace spokesperson Jay Harkness says the petition will be presented in boxes and when stacked on Parliament’s steps, they will spell out a message to the Government.
He says a number of MPs and environment representatives are expected to speak.
Environment group Climate Justice Taranaki is applauding the petition and says the rapidly expanding fossil fuel industry is polluting and contaminating their community.
"The Government's short-sighted plans to save our economy from bankruptcy by plundering future generations' natural resources is helping push the planet to the brink of unstoppable climate chaos,” their statement says.
The presentation of the petition is expected at around midday.
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25/07/2012 4:20:36 p.m.
I THINK I speak for everyone in this debate, that we have to use oil! The money system is based on oil. So until 99% of the people (army as well) stand up and get rid of the money system, we need another Earth by 2030.
25/07/2012 12:33:54 p.m.
Why do they not petition government just as strongly to install a turbine in the Cook Strait and generate some cut-price electricity, potentially with output equivalent to our current consumption? This would reduce the use of fossil fuels, and promote industry that would provide meaningful jobs to those who might now be digging coal. It does seem though that they always find some reason to not support something that does not include public transport and wearing woolley jerseys.
25/07/2012 11:01:15 a.m.
we all ways hear this green is best, but you go to build a windmill and no one in that area wants it, same with damming rivers, all well and good till its the one near your house, makes it hard for green to be a workable alternative huh VIVKI?
25/07/2012 8:44:59 a.m.
No Alternative wrote:
This is such backwards thinking from the greens, yes it might not create much jobs or national profit but you know what its DAMN sure to lower prices at the pump!! and make living just that little bit more affordable.
I wish it were that easy to just abandon fossil fuels in favour of clean energy but theres just no cost effective alternative, not every new zealander has $50,000 for a electric car or hybrid let alone the uses of petroleum products for example plastic, car tires etc etc
I am so sick and tired of hearing these green tree hugging people go on and on about about the enviromental risks and new zealands green image but risks must taken for economic gain to be achieved so...... they say NO to mining, they say NO to oil drilling they basically say NO to progress as a whole because, i suspect its all just preservaton of the status quo they've built over the decades.
I support oil drilling 100% because the fact of the matter is the world we live in is a resource / commodity based world and nobody not even the greens can deny this fundamental truth.
24/07/2012 12:43:27 p.m.
Well I guess @Chris at the end of the day it will the moronic righties who are asking us lefties how to fix the big dirty mess from your polluting. (Your arguement is extreme and does little to add to the debate). The reality it that green is the way of the future, even if wealth protectors oppose it because it will prevent the next million in their bank account. Money is not everything Chris, life is everything, and it most definitely doesn't come cheap sorry.
24/07/2012 12:14:39 p.m.
So, 140,000 against - that leaves 4 million + for it. The maths is simple. These moronic lefties andenvoionmenalist just want to live in the dark ages still. They can live in caves if they want to but let the rest of us progress.
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