Robinson’s job is to counter the environmental movement on one hand, and encourage the big investors to put money into expanding mining and drilling on the other.
The industry not only has to deal with opponents here, it needs to make itself highly visible to big players overseas.
Just as we, Robinson’s opponents, need to make our opposition, ‘highly visible to these same big players overseas’, – to discourage them.
Painting himself as an admirer of the Green Movement, Robinson’s smooth veneer only starts to slip at the mention of the high profile campaign against fracking.
Fracking is the word du jour for people who are anti-oil and gas and there’s nothing more to it than that,”
Robinson keeps a USB stick in his pocket in defence of fracking. But concedes he wouldn’t want fracking anywhere near where he would personally live, and of course he won’t have to. Not with the salary he is on. Just as those who invest in coal mining never have to touch the stuff. No doubt, Robinson will make sure that he lives as far away from the results of his day job advocacy, as possible.
In his final comment to the Herald in what he probably thinks is a genius act of misdirection, Robinson tries to get the spotlight off oil and gas and coal mining, to the pollution created in cities. “People make a mess.” he says.
You would have to wonder whether the fossil fuel industry is getting value for money.