Ok, so if we assume that there is a 'right' and a 'wrong' here about human desires to extract and excavate further any remaining fossil fuels, there is still a large gap to be plugged to convince the industries (and individuals) that benefit from the mining itself. As yet, there is no activity that can readily satisfy those who will be displaced in this industry: engineers, miners, scientists etc. Below is an example (it's genuine) of yet more speculation on the next big oil find for New Zealand:
New Zealand Geophysical Society
Panel discussion: "Should we drill the Great South Basin?"
Date: 17 July 2008, 7:30-8:30 pm,
Science House (RSNZ premises) Turnbull St, Thorndon, Wellington
Imagine that there has been the discovery of a North Sea sized gas and oil field in the Great South Basin. What would it mean for New Zealand? Should we drill it?
Dr Chris Uruski, GNS Science, will outline the geological setting Oil industry speaker - tba - will discuss the impact from the perspective of the petroleum industry
Dr Geoff Bertram, Economist, Victoria University Wellington, will discuss the likely economic consequences
Discussion from the floor will follow.
Written in July 2008