“Anyone who turns up to see the Rainbow Warrior III on its NZ coastal tour might be surprised to find out what is under the hood. The Greenpeace vessel sensibly sports an ancillary turbocharged diesel engine, National’s Energy and Resources Spokesman Jonathan Young says.

Greenpeace has organised a victory lap around New Zealand for its flagship vessel, claiming credit for the ban on new offshore exploration. However, the Rainbow Warrior can carry up to 90 tonnes of diesel to fuel the 1,850 horsepower V16 Volvo Penta engine.

“It is eminently sensible for the Rainbow Warrior III to have a diesel engine to ensure that when the wind isn’t blowing the vessel isn’t compromised,” says Jonathan Young.

“If Greenpeace took their blinkers off, they’d see that firing up the Volvo Penta is no different to utilising a gas peaker power station when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining.

“New Zealanders need to rightfully take a cynical view to Greenpeace’s propaganda, as a lot is at stake for our economy, and consequently our ability to effectively advance a sensible pathway of transition, says Young.

Russell Norman should stop demonising the hydrocarbon industry by saying that they are enemies and even likening them to the bombers of the first Rainbow Warrior. The hydrocarbon industries in Taranaki are made up of hard-working, law-abiding citizens who positively contribute to Taranaki’s and New Zealand’s economic success.

“The National Party does not support the Government’s oil & gas exploration ban. It fails to make any reduction to New Zealand’s emissions, as most of our liquid fuels are either imported into Tauranga or refined at Marsden Point from imported crude.

“The ban has negativity impacted investors’ confidence in New Zealand as a stable country in which to invest and the perception is now New Zealand is an outlier nation.

“New Zealand has enjoyed decades of natural gas reticulated through the North Island from Taranaki, providing heat and cooking fuel for homes, driving electricity turbines and supplying fuel source and feedstock for industry. Homes, schools, hospitals and industry are dependent on natural gas for energy. We will need natural gas for decades to come. It is hailed globally as a transition fuel.

“But government data shows that without new discoveries, natural gas reserves will fall short of demand in the next couple of years. Exploration should be encouraged, not discouraged.”


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