The pictures coming from the Gulf of Mexico are horrible; birds covered in oil, enormous plumes of crude lying just below the surface; thousands of barrels worth of oil gushing into the sea each day. And beaches covered in the stuff.
It’s painful to watch. And, on an academic level, an oil spill of the same size off the New Zealand coast would be no worse. But then imagine your favourite beach covered in crude ... not just immediately after a spill, but years later – because it’s a myth that you can properly clean up spilt oil.
It would be like the difference between reading the death notices, and actually having a loved one die.
That’s why Greenpeace NZ is highlighting the fact that Energy and Resources Minister Gerry Brownlee is busy ushering in a new era of oil, tendering off the ri... Read more >