Press release: Sustainable hydrogen or oxymoron?

21/11/2018

Yesterday, 150 scientists and researchers made this stark warning: A disastrous future for humanity if we continue our current path of “rampant consumerism and endless economic growth”. In an open letter, they demand that the government “meets its duty to protect its citizens from harm and to secure the future for generations to come.”

So on the same day when Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones spoke of a potential, “monumental” one billion dollar project that would “create hydrogen and create an output of urea” it leaves you wondering what exactly the government thinks cutting emissions by half really means.

“There’s a saying: ‘rolling a turd in glitter’ and that’s exactly what Shane Jones is offering” says Climate Justice Taranaki spokesperson Emily Bailey. “This second round of unsustainable Think Big technology is not proven and even if it was it will be ridiculously expensive and still require fracked gas that is estimated to run out in ten years time. Who in their right mind would invest in such a project?”.

The project has been touted by the US based 8 Rivers Capital LLC. According to their website, the company has developed technology to generate power from fossil fuels, apparently without air emissions, the only by-products being ‘water’ and “pipeline-ready” or “carbon capture-ready” carbon dioxide.

“Based on our research, carbon capture and storage (CCS) has not been effective or economically viable anywhere, despite decades of talks and trials. One project in the US captures about one tenth of the CO2 emitted from a coal-fired power station and pipes it 80 miles to an oil field to be injected into old wells to produce more oil. The term ‘clean coal’ is simply oxymoron – how can one say CCS is clean or sustainable when it fuels yet more fossil fuel mining?”

“To use the waste to produce more urea for industrial farming is also ludicrous given it is one of the planet’s worst greenhouse gas emitting chemicals and a serious soil and waterway pollutant. It’d be a monumentally disastrous project, one that would take us to a disastrous future – climate breakdown. We do not accept ‘blue hydrogen’ made from fossil fuels involving carbon capture and storage as clean either – it is yet another oxymoron.”

“Never before have our prominent scientists united and spoke against consumerism and economic growth so loudly, we have got to listen and ask ourselves what sort of a future we want? Taranaki was much better off before big oil and gas brought centralised milk production stations, synthetic fertiliser and trucks, ships, mechanisation and megadebts to farming. The younger generations are already firing ahead with community-scale regenerative and urban farming projects that offer far better quality of life for workers and massively reduce emissions, waste and pollution. Alongside renewable energy and energy efficient infrastructure this just makes sense.”

“There is a huge push from society for real solutions, just look at the massive protests in London this week and the numerous petitions pushing for going plastic-free and banning urea, deep-sea oil and fracking. More of the same gives us more of the same. It’s time to focus on existing, proven sustainable projects rather than expensive, massively flawed pies in the sky” said Emily Bailey of Climate Justice Taranaki.

Cartoon: https://www.chemistryworld.com/opinion/the-carbon-capture-challenge/9069.article

Media coverage: Environmentalist critical of Taranaki’s proposed $1b hydrogen project, TDN 23/11/2018

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Press release: Petroleum companies under pressure

08/10/2018

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The pressure is building against oil, gas and coal companies in Aotearoa who continue to push for fossil fuel extraction with increasing community calls to curb climate change. Protesters will be gathering outside Todd Energy, Beach Energy and OMV tomorrow Tuesday 9 October. Read the rest of this entry »


Government’s ludicrous petroleum proposal

22/09/2016
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NZPAM website, 21 September 2016

The New Zealand government has just proposed to release half a million square kilometres of our land and sea to petroleum exploration.

The Taranaki Basin offer encompassed a third of the West Coast Marine Mammal Sanctuary, designated for the protection of the nearly extinct Maui’s Dolphin. The government says this has been re-introduced due to commercial interest in the area”.

So rather than upholding New Zealand’s international obligation to protect endangered species and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the government does what corporations want – providing a stable and predictable regime”.   Read the rest of this entry »


Taranaki Daily News opinion poll 4/5/2013

04/05/2013

Taranaki Daily News opinion poll 4/5/2013

The message is surprisingly clear as tides are turning in Texanaki… In an ironic statement from our regional council, Director of environmental quality Gary Bedford said the council was concerned its submissions [on proposed government regulations around deepsea drilling in the Exclusive Economic Zone] hadn’t been incorporated. “In our experience self-regulation can fall over. It increases the possibility that if something goes wrong, it goes wrong bigger.” What hypocrisy from a government department that has been operating like this for decades. Read more here.

Read also ‘Black gold, dark clouds’ 4/05/2013 written by Matt Rilkoff for the Taranaki Daily News…”Ben Sarten stepped inside the Tikorangi house he was raised in, closed the door and wondered where he was. ‘This doesn’t feel like home anymore.'”

And ‘One more well is too much’ 24/04/2013

 


MEDIA COVERAGE: Drew Hutton Lock the Gate NZ Speaking Tour

23/08/2012

Fighting Fracking – Resisting oil’s hard sale (NZ Farmers Weekly, 10 Sept 2012)

Lessons to be learned from Aussie farmers (Stratford Press, 6 Sept 2012)

Best coal under best land (NZ Farmers Weekly, 3 Sept 2012)

Gas exploration will hurt farm values, says campaigner (The Southland Times, 30 Aug 2012)

Close your gates, Aussie urges farmers (Taranaki Daily News, 29 Aug 2012)

Campaigner urges NZ to not follow Australia (3 News,29 Aug 2012)

Australian anti-fracking campaigner talks to NZ farmers – Interview with Drew Hutton and Rosalind Archer by Kathryne Ryan (NZ Radio Nine to Noon, 23 Aug 2012)

Fracking in New Zealand – the debate continues (NZ Listener, 18 Aug 2012)


MEDIA RELEASE: True sustainability not green growth

13/06/2012

This year’s Yale University environmental performance index ranks New Zealand 14th out of 146 countries worldwide, slipping from first place in 2006.

Geoff Ross, co-founder of green growth business lobby group Pure Advantage says New Zealand relies heavily on its clean, green brand, but its track record shows the country is vulnerable. A report released this week by the group, estimates global green growth is potentially worth $6 trillion a year, and creates better paying jobs, health improvements and protects the environment. A spokesperson for Climate Justice Taranaki, Emily Bailey, says “while the report is useful in its analysis of our situation and a serious wake-up call for New Zealand industry, it proposes the wrong solutions”.

The report states “NZ’s emissions are the fifth highest per capita in the OECD [and] our emissions have increased 23% since 1990.” [1] We have “the world’s third highest rate of car ownership. Our transport sector is inefficient and … between 1990 and 2006, total transport emissions increased by a shocking 64% [with] only 2.5% of trips made by public transport… [for which funding] will be cut from an already low 1.8% of the current land transport budget to 0.7% by 2021.” [2] Read the rest of this entry »


Rising Tide booklet on False Solutions

16/05/2011

Hoodwinked in the Hothouse: False Solutions to Climate Change

This 28-page booklet provides a close-to-comprehensive overview of false solutions to climate change. Fifteen concise articles—complete with photos and illustrations—cover more than 20 false solutions to climate change, from Clean Coal to Biomass incineration, providing an easy-to-read introduction to the ever expanding market place of climate crisis technofixes.