PM pretends climate change isn’t a global issue
In helping to roll electricity out in a country that is overwhelmingly reliant on fossil fuels, the Prime Minister has
conveniently ignored her commitment to fighting climate change, according to ACT Leader David Seymour.
The Prime Minister today announced
taxpayer funding for Papua New Guinea’s National Electrification Rollout Plan, which aims to increase electricity
access to 70 per cent of households by 2030.
PNG is overwhelmingly reliant
on oil, gas and coal for its energy needs. Its government is actively ramping up
coal exploration and an Australian company was given the green light
to extract coal earlier this year.
“While her Government has banned offshore exploration of oil and gas domestically, today Jacinda Ardern committed to
hooking more Papua New Guineans up to fossil fuels.
“The PM claims that climate change is her generation’s ‘nuclear-free moment’, but her policies are helping countries
like Indonesia and Papua New Guinea develop their fossil fuels.
“Genesis Energy recently ordered
120,000 tonnes of Indonesian coal, and now the Government is actively promoting the development of fossil fuels in
Papua New Guinea.
“Does the Government simply have no coherent vision, or is it trying to have it both ways?
“ACT has argued all along that not only would a ban on oil and gas exploration make us poorer as a country, it would
drive production of oil and gas overseas which will harm the environment.
“New Zealand’s natural gas has about half the emissions of coal, and our oil has lower emissions than foreign oil. Now
we must rely on dirty foreign energy when lake levels are low.
“Just as the Prime Minister can’t work out whether she wants petrol prices to go up or down, she is deeply conflicted
about whether cheap fossil fuels are necessary for economic growth and higher living standards.
“In helping to promote economic development in PNG, she is pretending that she hasn’t staked her reputation on fighting