Your guide to events in Nelson, New Zealand
Tuesday 21st August 2012
"Mission control we have a problem". Geologist Mike Isaac discusses NZ's dependency on fossil fuels and the alternative.
New Zealand relies on fossil fuels for transport and the industrial commodities which support our way of life. For electricity generation we are fortunate – a small population, abundant wind and rain, suitable topography and a bonus of geothermal steam ensures only a minor part of our electricity comes from gas and coal.
My argument is not about climate change – it is about unwillingness or inability to stop or severely limit the use of fossil fuels. Peak Oil has passed and we are in the age of Hard Oil. Is it ethically acceptable to import oil yet ban drilling in our own territory? Where’s the moral high ground in chaining yourself to a drill ship if your lifestyle involves international air travel and cars?