Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Rob Fyfe's "Environmental Extremism"


A reader of mine brought this subject up, of sorts, yesterday. That is, the folly of investing in companies that base their business on airy fairy ideas like "green technology" based on the man made global warming myth or in companies whose grip on their business is so tenuous they will sink to the depths of using this kind of bullshit on competitors in the hope they make them look bad.

In my not so humble opinion Air New Zealand [AIR.NZ] is one of those companies.

Rob Fyfe, Air New Zealand CEO has recently labeled Emirates Airline alleged running of "empty planes" across the Tasman as "Environmental Extremism"

"For this competitor, the Tasman sectors are an easy add-on to their long haul flying and an opportunity to earn revenue at only marginal cost and load factors down around 50 per cent seem to be of no consequence," Read more

Fyfe told a gab fest of Global Warming zealots at the Green Skies meeting in Hong Kong.

Now using junk science to attack a competitor is one thing but Rob and the boys and girls down at Air NZ head office have been busy over a number of years spending 10s of millions of shareholder dollars developing nonsense bio-aviation fuels and asking customers to pay extra for their "carbon credit" deficit because of the naughty way they pollute when they choose to fly with the largely Kiwi taxpayer owned airline.

So it is in Robs best interest to attack competitors who don't appear to "care" as much about how filthy flying is because he is spending shareholder money in the hope this will give our airline an edge over the competition and to justify the spending of shareholder dollars - I think the Green Party call it Greenwash.

So Mr Fyfe's stance on the evil of flying is simply a race to the bottom where the eventual winner will be the first to award themselves a gong for being green in the hope it is good for business.

Ultimately though the reckless use of Air New Zealand shareholder money to pursue the bogus notion that every time one flies it is an affront to the environment and by setting your company up as a bastion of virtue above competitors by using this to attack them is environmental extremism itself and will ultimately end in tears and lost shareholder dollars when the whole Global Warming myth unravels.

Stand by for the fallout.

Air New Zealand @ Share Investor

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