Parliamentary quote of the year

Parliament, 12 April, 2011

David Clendon: Does the Minister expect that a team of 400 New Zealanders will be able to cope with a catastrophic oil leak or spill, when 7,000 US Coast Guard personnel and over 40,000 other emergency personnel were not able to contain the Deepwater Horizon leak for some 86 days?

Hon HEKIA PARATA: Maritime New Zealand is responsible for ensuring New Zealand is prepared for, and able to respond to, marine oil spills. The Marine Pollution Response Service consists of internationally respected experts who manage and train a team of around 400 local government and Maritime New Zealand responders. New Zealand has equipment and other stores strategically located around New Zealand. In addition, the Marine Pollution Response Service assists regional councils with exercise and oil spill equipment. The plan is responsive and is regularly evaluated to ensure it meets changing risk profiles. Should the pattern of oil exploration—

4 thoughts on “Parliamentary quote of the year

  1. I like the Greens, I really do. But this is disingenuous.

    We’re talking oils spills on a vastly different scale!

    But never mind, don’t let facts get in the way of a good political wheelbarrow you can push to your heart’s content.

  2. @Rufus 11:35 am

    Indeed we are, but I fail to understand your argument. Mine is that if Maritime NZ can’t handle 1700 tonnes of fuel oil on a container ship that has run aground just off our largest port, how the hell could they handle the hundreds of thousands of tonnes that would likely be released if a deep sea oil rig were to explode.

  3. Heck Yeah! equates the search for oil with our basic economic way of life and implies that therefore the risk posed by oil exploration is neccessary and unavoidable. The same sort of argument was put to David Lange in the Oxford Union debate over the “nuclear umbrella”. I say we should recognise this and take up the challenge as David did: “Heck Yeah! I can smell the oil on your breath! We reject your argument: we will learn to live without oil!” As a start, the world could use brown coal for steam or coal-gas to drive our shipping and trains. (Coal gas would leave most of the carbon out of the cycle).

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