New Zealand’s “nuclear moment” *

* Spoiler alert; not really.

True to the idiom she has made all of her own, Jacinda Adern, the Mayor of New Zealand, has signalled her virtue on climate change by committing her country’s economy to being hamstrung until someone with a brain takes over her job.

If you’re interested in the details, click the link above. Be prepared, however, to be left wanting more tangible details on how this promise of carbon virtue will be achieved and funded.

That’s not the topic of this post today, however. We’re more interested in the total irony resulting in this quote and headline:

The irony is, of course, that nuclear energy does not form part of the strategy.

Bill’s Opinion

There are in life, some very useful heuristics we can use to save time when forming opinions. These are not infallible but are more often correct than not.

On climate change, if the person you are discussing the problem with fails to mention even the possibility of nuclear energy being part of the solution, you can be fairly sure they are calling for some kind of transfer of political and economic power first, solving environmental problems a far distant second.

17 Replies to “New Zealand’s “nuclear moment” *”

  1. “Mayor of New Zealand”

    ‘New Zealand’s Head Girl’ is more accurate for me!

    One of the delightful terms used by supporters of this Zero Carbon bill is ‘Powerdown’. That’s not a term they have wildly promoted, but it will be the actual impact. They already binned a renewable power project because more power isn’t the solution.

    Once the lights start going out and the power bills start climbing, it will be interesting to see how the public react.

    1. All they need to do is read the Adelaide and South Australian energy suicide thesis that was prepared before to see how spiraling energy costs for less, blackouts, business disruption, financial loss and unintended malinvestment will unfold for them.

      I am rapidly coming to the view that our lot ie ScoMo and the rest of his crew, relatively speaking are as about as good as it gets, they may well be the last of our era as well.

      1. Yes, South Australia. It’ll be a fun summer watching them again.

        As for the Federal government; I must admit to not paying attention. That’s probably a sign they are going well, perhaps.

        1. All governments are collectivists, it’s just a matter of whether they are going full Lenin or Fabian lite in their implementation of the new road to serfdom, so the lesser evil is preferred. Our unfortunate Kiwi fellas got a full-on Leninist at the helm.

          I think the current bunch are okay, relatively speaking, they green lighted Adani, forced Penny Wong of Labor to come out and say following their crushing defeat that Labor were not anti-coal, that was like animalistic sex for me. I only recently discovered that Josh please god give us one more real estate boom Frydenberg was a director with Douche Bank at the time they were the biggest in the world and the major beneficiary of Collateral Debt Obligations and Trump loans, they more than any other financial institution should be credited with the success of the GFC roll out.

          Things are starting to look up around the place, it’s too early to say whether we will avoid a technical recession now that Josh is running things. One would be wise to anticipate some kind of correction next year in the US at least which will affect us, but overall it will be short and shallow whatever form it takes.

          On the subject of South Australia, it looks like I will be tempted out of semi-retirement to do a short-term gig assisting with the major ramp up in the domestic oil and gas scene that we are seeing starting to unfold. If the discussions conclude positively, it will be full circle for me on the Santos score.

          1. I think we can see that the Long March has substantial completion now clearly in sight. The millennial’s will usher in the neo-feudal system, 70% of them say that they would vote socialist. I can see it pretty clearly from where I am sitting, they will be asset less, obedient serfs, toiling away in the debt serving plantation.

            The Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) phenomenon, that was invented in Australia, is a good example of what this new age serfdom looks like.

          2. “The Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) phenomenon, that was invented in Australia, is a good example of what this new age serfdom looks like.”

            Wait. What?

            Are you suggesting Australia invented credit?
            That’s impressive….

          3. No I am saying that they invented BNPL, which is actually a disrupter to traditional sources of credit.

            “Only one in three millennials own a credit card, and the vast majority of millennials possess a subprime credit score or no score at all.”

          4. I think you mean “re-invented”.
            But, yes, it is disrupting the credit sector.

            99 times out of a hundred, when people claim something is invented in Australia, it wasn’t.

            Yeah yeah, “wi-fi” and the word, “selfie”….

  2. On climate change, if the person you are discussing the problem with fails to mention even the possibility of nuclear energy being part of the solution, you can be fairly sure they are calling for some kind of transfer of political and economic power first, solving environmental problems a far distant second.

    They used to be known as watermelons but that term seems to have disappeared from the political lexicon.

    Anyway, I was thinking about this the other day. Those watermelons are the same people who in the ’70s and early ’80s used to gleefully crow about peak oil in X years and this was their excuse for taking power. It was only when it became obvious that we had more oil reserves than we knew what to do with that they saw the potential of the global warming arguments.

    I’ll believe any survey that says we have to decarbonise* by X year that isn’t accompanied by a list of things that people will give up tomorrow (eg car, fridge, foreign holidays, aircon washing machine etc) is nothing more than corrupt and target at virtue signallers.

    1. Similarly, the people who used to wear those Jeremy Corbyn commie workers’ caps outside the tube station selling The Morning Star and who were completely devastated by the fall of the Berlin Wall, seem to be the same people explaining how we will be much happier using tallow candles in the winter.

    2. I feel the need for a Venn diagram.

      Climate change campaigners
      Limits to growth junkies
      Malthusian’s/Paul Ehrlich
      Marxist Revolutionaries
      Totalitarian scum bags

      I suspect it would be a very simple Venn diagram.

  3. I feel the need for a Venn diagram.

    Climate change campaigners
    Limits to growth junkies
    Malthusian’s/Paul Ehrlich
    Marxist Revolutionaries
    Totalitarian scum bags

    I suspect it would be a very simple Venn diagram.

    The word you are looking for is a bog standard……. “Circle”

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