Mike's Minute: Will the Government pursue climate ideology?

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 5 Feb 2021, 9:52AM

Mike's Minute: Will the Government pursue climate ideology?

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 5 Feb 2021, 9:52AM

As we mentioned on Wednesday, when it comes to big picture items like climate change, what you need is buy in.

What's held us back is, we don’t have it. We have lots of hot air support, lots of nodding heads, not a lot of genuine, tangible results.

The Climate Commission's report into what we need to do involves a lot of stuff that will never see the light of day.

But if there is a lesson in there for the government, it's that if they are to get anywhere with their "nuclear moment," they need to stop being driven by ideology and get real.

Even the Commission in their report points out the government's aspiration to be 100 percent renewable, in terms of power supply, is fanciful.

You might remember the target for 100 percent renewable energy was 2035, and in the election campaign to much fanfare, they brought that date forward to 2030.

It's not going to happen. As we pointed out numerous times, this is not new, it's been researched. It's been research by the power industry, the Productivity Commission, and the NZ Initiative. They all came to the same conclusion; it isn't worth it.

We are already blessed with a lot of renewables, and we can get to about 95 percent renewable fairly easily. Beyond that it's too expensive, it becomes a pointless exercise, unless you're driven by ideology.

And given this government is, they grandly announced that, despite all the evidence, they needed to throw another $30 million at yet another report into looking into the wonders of a $4 billion bucket of water called pumped hydro at Lake Dunstan.  

Simple question would be, just how many people need to look at an idea and dismiss it before you wake up to the fact they might be right? And if you're still more interested in bulldozing ahead with widely accepted dead-end ideas and spending millions of other people's money doing it, how can you possibly realistically expect the rest of us to get on board?

Especially those of us that need convincing a lot of this hasn’t been well thought through, won't automatically give the returns promised, and will most likely will damage the economy along the way.

For a government that loves a working party and a report, the least we could hope for is they actually read them.