But when confronted with arguably a more serious and immediate threat to New Zealand's economy, national well-being and security -- namely our dangerous exposure to oil price shocks, and oil supply disruptions and shortages, - all the main parties fail to articulate a coherent long-term plan to lower our dependence on ever more expensive imported oil. Saving fuel bad.
If you thought the need to save fuel was a minor issue compared to debt reduction, and a long-term savings and investment strategy -- think again.
A just released report from a US military think tank the Military Advisory Board (MAB) says oil importing nations like the US (and by comparison also New Zealand) need to reduce oil consumption by 30% in the next 10 years.
The report, entitled Ensuring America's Freedom of Movement: a National Security Imperative to Reduce America's Oil Dependence