More roads – lots of them!

Over at Key wee-blog David Farrar has been blogging about the National Party Conference. Seems they held a forum on infrastructure, upon which Farrar blogged:

First up was Maurice Williamson on transport and he summed it up himself with a one liner – National will build more roads – lots of them! He gave some staggering figures on the massive increase in costs that some roading projects have incurred due to consent delays. He stressed this wasn’t about even getiing enough roads for future volume, but just getting us enough for our current needs.

Then Gerry Brownlee on energy. Gerry said that if we found Maui field today, it would be worth around $50 billion. Said that concern over carbon emissions doesn’t change the fact that replacements for current fuel sources are not extensively available, so demand will stay high.

Now give me a minute to work this out. Maurice is going to build more roads – lots of them! But Gerry admits that replacements for current fuel sources are not extensively available, so demand [and therefore price] of fuelling the cars that will travel on Maurice’s roads will be high.

So won’t people want alternatives to travelling in their cars on Maurice’s roads? Seems not, according to National Party logic – just build more roads, even though people will be able to afford to travel less on them!

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