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Derailing New Zealand’s Transition to A Low Carbon Economy: POSTPONED

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  • Wed 8 Apr, 7:00pm – 8:00pm


The Earth Hub, 235 Haven Rd, Nelson


All Ages

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Earth Hub Nelson

How the fossil fuel companies worked to derail New Zealand’s transition to a low carbon economy.

Who: Dr Terrence Loomis

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The climate crisis is worse than previously thought, according to scientists. 100 fossil fuel companies are responsible for over 70% of the world’s runaway emissions.

These corporations have long known their products are killing the planet. They comprise what political economists call a ‘harm industry’ whose business model depends on off-loading their externality costs onto the environment and society. This places them on a collision course with governments, communities and progressive businesses seeking to cut emissions and end reliance on fossil fuels.

When the Labour-led Coalition came to power in New Zealand, promising to end the country’s reliance on fossil fuels and transition to a low carbon economy, the petroleum industry saw the writing on the wall. This is the story of how they worked to derail the transition.

Speaker: Dr Terence Loomis specialises in the political economy of the oil and gas industry. He was Professor of Development Studies at Waikato university before becoming a policy advisor under successive National and Labour governments. His 2017 publication Petroleum Development and Environmental Conflict in Aotearoa New Zealand was written while he was a Visiting Research Scholar at Victoria University’s Institute of Governance and Policy Studies.

Dr Loomis has recently launched his latest book The Predatory Delay Diaries: The petroleum industry’s survival campaign to slow New Zealand’s transition to a low carbon economy. Dr Loomis also serves as coordinator of the Fossil Fuels Aotearoa Research Network (FFARN).

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