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by Kevin Moore and Robert Atack


Global Public Media have done a great job of interviewing people and making these interviews available to the public for free, I want to encourage you to visit their site and download some of the interviews, then distribute to friends and family.

A donation would also help us all.

New Zealand National Radio have been doing some good interviews in the past few months, if you missed them and they have dropped off their website, then they are available from GPM http://www.globalpublicmedia.com.


This is probably the most truthful interview Linda Clark has done in her whole carrier as a journalist


  Anaesthetist Turned Climate Change Expert on Radio New Zealand
(Interviews, 27 February 2006 Oil Climate Change)
A Hawkes Bay senior anaesthetist turned climate change expert discusses his grave concerns about peak oil and global warming with Linda Clark on Radio New Zealand’s Nine To Noon.
  Oil Reserves discussed on Radio New Zealand’s “Nine to Noon”
(News Reports, 26 January 2006 Oil)
Experts Jeremy Leggett, Otago University Geology Professor Richard Sibson and Mac Beggs talk with Anita McNaught about the future of oil supplies and how dwindling supply would affect New Zealand.
  Author William Clark on Radio New Zealand’s “Nine to Noon”
(Interviews, 20 February 2006 Oil Politics)
William Clark, author of “Petrodollar Warfare”, on increasing tension between Washington and Teheran. From Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon.


And below is a partial transcript of an interview with one of our idiot politicians


In Brief: Jeanette Fitzsimons, co-leader of the New Zealand Greens party, discusses peak oil with David Room of Global Public Media.


Here are a few of the things that Jeanette Fitzsimons said in a fairly recent interview with David Room on GPM.

I asked them in 1988, when do you expect oil supplies to start to deplete? And, he said; SHELL is working on the assumption that sometime between 2005 and 2010, the world’s oil fields will be unable to pump it fast enough to keep up with demand. So, that was kind of useful information. And, I’ve used it since. What happened here was, we started talking publicly about it, around late 2003 — early 2004.

And, it’s our job as Greens, to try and tell the public the truth.

Like, invest now in public transport, instead of roads. Invest now, in much better energy efficiency and renewable forms of electricity. And, bio-fuels. We’ve got space and a lowish population. Which means we’ve got room to grow bio-mass fuels.

Now, if trade were to stop. Which it won’t. But, if trade were to stop; we would be crippled, economically. In a way the United States wouldn’t. It would just shift things around within a giant country. And, it would manage.


David Room: What does New Zealand risk, if they rely on the market to respond to global oil peak?

Jeanette Fitzsimons: Well, markets can’t respond to things that are happening, as fast as this is happening. The only way for the markets to go, really — is for the price to go so high; that it chokes off demand. And, it won’t be trivial or superficial. And, the market — it can’t suddenly create a sound rail system, when it’s needed. Because, it takes year and years to do that.

So, if we want to continue to make our livelihood out of tourism; then we’ve got to change the kind of tourists we’re targeting.

If Jeanette had known in 1988 about the likelihood of a Peak Oil related crisis occurring between 2005 and 2010, we might ask why she chose to wait until late 2003 to go public on the issue. Her rationale that nobody would take too much notice fits poorly with her later statements that the effects ‘won’t be trivial or superficial’ and her acknowledgement that it takes years and years to make infrastructure changes. Whilst Jeanette has chosen her moment to go public just one year before she understood a crisis was likely (far too late to be effective of course), others with similar knowledge of the imminence of Peak Oil, but far less opportunity to get a public hearing, have been screaming their heads off for the past 6 or 7 years.

We might ask why, if Jeanette believed that peak oil was imminent, she sat back and watched throughout the 90s as the New Zealand economy was made to go in completely the opposite direction to that required to cope with Peak Oil. We might ask why the Greens now continue to promote bio-fuels, when most analysts consider them to be extremely marginal at best and are likely to have negative energy profit ratios at worst.

We might ask why she thinks that the most energy profligate nation on the planet will just ‘shift things around’ and ‘manage’ when its energy supply goes into terminal collapse.  

We might ask why anyone with a supposed understanding of Peak Oil would even consider trying to make a living out of tourism when Peak Oil is expected to virtually annihilate the tourism industry.

Could it be that the Green Party of NZ is lead by political opportunists or people who fail to grasp the seriousness of the dire situation we find now ourselves in? Could it be that we now find ourselves in this dire situation partly as a consequence of their silence when there was still time to take ameliorating action?

Kevin Moore and Robert Atack