October 20, 2017
Norman calls for oil block offer delay
Greenpeace New Zealand is calling on the new Labour-New Zealand First-Greens Government to put off this year’s oil explorations block offer so decisions can be made.
Chief executive Russel Norman says the country has a choice of continuing to look for oil or having a change to hand on a stable climate to coming generations, but it can’t have both.
He says the previous national-led government said it cared about climate change but did everything it could to make the situation worse.
The former Greens co-leader is cautiously optimistic, as both New Zealand First and Labour have called for consultation about the block offer process where exploration rights to tracts of land and seabed are auctioned off.
"If you’re going to have proper consultation you can’t go ahead with the block offer this year, because it’s about to happen about this time of the year. It should be put off at least 12 months so we as a people can have a conversation about whether we want to be part of the problem of climate change or whether we as a nation would like to be part of the solution," Dr Norman says.
The same question will be asked by every government around the world.
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