Colin Espiner's message is very simple however, and ought not be ignored. And he has called the Greens out in no uncertain terms; under the heading Time for oil perspective Espiner (C) opines:
Deep-sea drilling evokes negative emotions in many but science and logic suggest the benefits outweigh the risks.
It isn't easy being green. Ask Kermit, who has survived 60 years in the public eye and endured every possible slight from false marriage rumours and copyright infringement to a recent YouTube parody featuring a nearly naked Miley Cyrus.
So I have some sympathy with the famous frog's political brethren, often mocked as environmental whack-jobs, zealots, and crazies who would perform their own version of Cyrus's Wrecking Ball on our economy if ever let anywhere near the levers of power.
I think the Green Party is, overall, a force for good in New Zealand politics and provided it sticks to its core environmental principles rather than social activism it's likely to do very well again at the next election.
But every now and again the Green Party requires calling out. And its implacable opposition to exploratory drilling by Texan oil company Anadarko off the west coast of the North Island is one of these times.
The hyperbole and rhetoric spewed by the Greens and other assorted opponents of deep-sea drilling for oil and gas is out of all proportion to the risks involved in this venture, and has been driven far more by emotion than it has by logic or science.
Regular readers will not be surprised to hear us declare that we agree wholeheartedly with Espiner (C) on this. A significant oil find has the ability to transform New Zealand.
Rather than address Espiner (C)'s next paragraphs one by one (because they are many), we suggest you go and read them for yourself. It's an excellent piece, and we'll skip straight to his conclusion:
The Green Party, Greenpeace, and other environmental activists oppose deep-sea oil drilling on principle. But then, they also oppose our dependence on oil and other fossil fuels and even the notion of economic growth full stop. That's their prerogative.
There are some valid concerns that the Government must address. But we shouldn't let them own this debate. The potential rewards are too great to pass up.
We couldn't agree more. A major oil discovery would be a huge fillip to the New Zealand economy. Provided drilling can be done in the safest possible manner, we owe it to our children to at least have a look.