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The End of New Zealand’s Energy Security? A Looming Crisis




Karl Barkley from Operation Good Oil has raised serious concerns regarding New Zealand’s energy security. The recent closure of the Marsden Point Oil Refinery, the only oil refinery in the country, by the previous Labour Government under Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, has sparked a debate about its far-reaching implications. The closure happened without public consultation, raising alarms about the nation’s future energy stability and economic resilience. He chats with MJ from elocal magazine.


Summary

The conversation with Carl Barclay focuses on the energy security of New Zealand and the shutdown of the Marsden Point oil refinery. The refinery, which used to produce high-quality bitumen and other petroleum products, was shut down by the government, leading to a reliance on imported fuel. The conversation highlights the potential consequences of this shutdown, including increased costs, pollution from imported fuel, and a lack of energy security. The government’s decision to shut down the refinery is seen as part of a larger agenda to decarbonize the economy, but it raises concerns about the country’s ability to meet its fuel needs and maintain a stable economy. The conversation reveals the lack of government support and action to save the New Zealand Refining Company, which plays a crucial role in the country’s energy security. The World Health Organization (WHO) and various organizations like the World Economic Forum and Class Swab are believed to be behind the push to shut down the refinery. The government’s focus on green initiatives and the transition away from oil is jeopardizing the country’s energy supply and economy. The strategy discussed is to increase public ownership of the company by encouraging more people to buy shares. The goal is to change the board and regain control of the refinery.

Takeaways

The shutdown of the Marsden Point oil refinery in New Zealand has led to a reliance on imported fuel and increased costs for the country.

The government’s decision to shut down the refinery is part of a larger agenda to decarbonize the economy, but it raises concerns about energy security and the ability to meet fuel needs.

Imported fuel is often more expensive and can lead to increased pollution, as well as a lack of control over the quality and availability of fuel.

The conversation highlights the need for a comprehensive energy strategy that balances environmental concerns with the need for energy security and a stable economy. The New Zealand government is not taking action to save the New Zealand Refining Company, which is crucial for the country’s energy security.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and other organizations like the World Economic Forum are believed to be behind the push to shut down the refinery. The government’s focus on green initiatives and the transition away from oil is jeopardizing the country’s energy supply and economy.

The strategy discussed is to increase public ownership of the company by encouraging more people to buy shares and change the board to regain control of the refinery.

Chapters 00:00 Introduction to the Marsden Point Refinery Shutdown 03:11 The Impact of the Shutdown on New Zealand’s Energy Security 09:03 The Government’s Decarbonization Agenda 15:46 The Challenges of Reliance on Imported Fuel 28:26 Critiques of Green Ideas and the Need for a Comprehensive Energy Strategy 29:54 Government Inaction and the Threat to Energy Security 30:44 The Role of WHO and Other Organizations in Shutting Down the Refinery 32:30 The Impact of Green Initiatives on Energy Supply and the Economy 44:09 Strategy: Increasing Public Ownership to Regain Control


“The best fix would be to get Marsden Point oil refinery going, start pumping out that high quality bitumen again and triple the price because the stuff we’ve got now is three times the price so everybody’s happy to pay that so why not Marsden Point?”




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elocal Digital Edition – June 2024 (#278)

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