No cost benefit analysis of oil and gas policy

Matthew Hooton is suggesting that James Shaw has done no Cost benefit Analysis of the Government’s oil and gas policy.

The response from James Shaw to an Official Information Act request:


Dear Matthew

I write regarding your Official Information Act request of 15 April 2018 for

all advice to you or other ministers from Treasury, MBIE, MfE or other relevant departments on the effect on New Zealand and global CO2 and CO2 equivalent emissions of the new oil and gas policy announced by the Government last week. This includes short-term, medium-term and long-term effects.

I have been advised verbally by MfE that not exploring for more oil and gas would prevent emissions from oil and gas rising any further than they would anyway if all known reserves of oil and gas are burnt. I cannot speak for other ministers.


It took over three weeks to effectively say ‘none’. What Shaw has responded with is vague verbal waffle.

More important is what Shaw doesn’t say – this indicates he received no advice on the short term, medium term or long term effects of the oil and gas policy announced by the Government last month.

This is what Shaw said after the oil and gas policy announcement:

The Green Party is heralding today’s announcement ending new fossil fuel exploration in New Zealand’s oceans as a massive step towards a stable climate and to protecting our marine life and beaches.

“The Green Party and thousands of New Zealanders have been working for decades towards this day and this decision – that fossil fuels are not our future,” said Green Party Co-leader James Shaw.

“Ending deep sea oil and gas exploration has long been a key goal of the Green Party and today, in Government, we’ve delivered on it.

“This is truly the nuclear free moment of our generation, and the beginning of a new and exciting future for Aotearoa New Zealand,” said Mr Shaw.

The Green Party have been working for decades towards this, however Shaw effectively admits he has received no advice from any Government department on the effect on New Zealand of the policy.

 

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19 Comments

  1. PG – why are you at all surprised by this? – it has been obvious for a while that the government is running blind and doing things on a whim or because it would make a good tee shirt slogan. And this is a group of people that criticize Trump for doing something similar.

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  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  May 12, 2018

    Unfortunately this is no surprise. When you have the religion you don’t want science or economics interfering.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  May 12, 2018

      I am not surprised, but I am appalled at such sloppiness. There is too much at stake for this amateurishness.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  May 12, 2018

        For goodness sake, PDTs, it’s NOT acceptable in a government. Even ordinary householders work out which is the best form of heating,hot water and other things for them, and that’s not affecting anyone else ! For a government minister to be less fussy over a major issue that affects the country than I was when I chose my powerco is totally unacceptable !

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  3. Blazer

     /  May 12, 2018

    The NZ Govt is a coalition of Labour and NZF.That’s the …fact.

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    • chrism56

       /  May 12, 2018

      Well Blazer, that means that James Shaw as the Minister for Climate Change, albeit outside Cabinet, isn’t part of the Government, does it?

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  4. David

     /  May 12, 2018

    It was the end result of the sexual assault at the Labour youth camp, to get that off the front page Ardern received Greenpeace petition then she had to actually do something and being someone who can’t even manage her own contraception inadvertently chucking thousands out of work was just another oopsy

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  May 12, 2018

      DAVID !!! Naughty step – NOW !

      (hands David a big bar of choccy to take with him)

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      • David

         /  May 12, 2018

        I am a white middle aged man so already there by default.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  May 12, 2018

          Oh well, have the choccy anyway.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  May 12, 2018

            If you’re straight, you’ll be there forever, I’m afraid, with no time off for good behaviour.

            I’ll send you a box of groceries.

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  5. sorethumb

     /  May 12, 2018

    How many extra tourists are we expecting?
    This is all bs. We wont be carbon free unless someone comes up with a technology that breaks the mould.

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  6. Kitty Catkin

     /  May 12, 2018

    Carbon free be damned, mother dear. Look at the weather patterns of the past. Global warming was there when horses and carts were the height of modern technology.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  May 12, 2018

      Cavemen were probably saying ‘Blimey, it’s hot, I’m sure that the weather’s warmer than it used to be.’

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      • Gezza

         /  May 13, 2018

        And I’ll bet cavewomen were probably saying “Shaddup ya bloody moaning and get that fire started”.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  May 13, 2018

          The cavechildren were whining ‘There’s nothing to dooooooooo……’

          ‘Go and scrape that mammoth hide if you want something to do,’

          ‘Do I HAVE to ?’

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