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Obama acts – at last

Written By: - Date published: 7:24 am, June 27th, 2013 - 96 comments
Categories: climate change, global warming, us politics - Tags: , , ,

What a wasted opportunity the Obama presidency has been. He was elected with a mandate for change. At his first inaugural speech he spoke strongly about the risks of climate change and the need for urgent action. His first term slipped away with nothing done. It has taken until now for Obama to finally act:

Barack Obama pledges to bypass Congress to tackle climate change

US president says country is already paying price of inaction and backs nuclear energy and fracking in comprehensive strategy

Barack Obama has taken an historic step forward in confronting climate change, asserting his power as US president to cut carbon pollution and protect future generations from catastrophic global warming.

In a speech on Tuesday at Georgetown University, delivered outdoors on a sweltering hot day, Obama went further than any previous US president in outlining a comprehensive strategy for dealing with climate change. He also said he would continue to press the issue as a priority of his second term even in the face of implacable opposition from Republicans in Congress.

“I refuse to condemn your generation and future generations to a planet that’s beyond fixing,” Obama said to a gathering of students.

It may already be too late.  But trying to take action is still the only sane option.

Obama outlined a broad range of measures to cut greenhouse gas emissions and promote the development of renewable energy, protect coastlines and cities from flooding and sea-level rise, and encourage efforts to reach a global climate deal.

The over-arching goal was to put the US on track to meet its commitment to cut carbon emissions 17% from 2005 levels by the end of the decade.

Here’s the massive game-changer in political terms:

But Obama’s boldest move by far was the decision to bypass a deadlocked Congress and issue an executive memo to the Environmental Protection Agency, calling for new rules curbing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

The Tea Party / Republican Party in Congress are a bunch of anti-science crazies who will never agree to any action to tackle climate change.  But Obama doesn’t need them.  Thanks to a ruling in 2009 (that I wrote about here) - Obama can instruct the EPA to act under already existing legislation.  He doesn’t need the approval of Congress / Senate.  It has taken him a long, long 4 years to use that power, but use it he finally has.

Such measures were long overdue, Obama said. “Power plants can still dump limitless carbon pollution into the air for free,” he said. “That’s not right, that’s not safe and it needs to stop.”

Curbing emissions from power plants would be the single-most significant action against climate change in Obama’s power. Power plants are responsible for a third of America’s greenhouse gas emissions.

… As anticipated, however, the measure ran into fierce opposition from Republicans and industry, even before Obama had delivered his speech. But the president pushed back on the idea that he was overstepping by ordering the EPA to act. “The idea of setting higher pollution standards for our power plants is not new.  It’s just time for Washington to catch up with the rest of the country,” he said.

Obama also said he was willing to work across the political divide but would not tolerate attempts to cast doubt on the science underlying climate change. “We don’t have time for a meeting of the flat earth society,” Obama said to applause.

An apt comparison.  At this point climate change denial is the modern day equivalent of flat-earthism (without the redeeming feature of quaint eccentricity).

With Tuesday’s speech, however, Obama appears to have firmly adopted climate action as his own brand.

Administration officials briefing reporters on the climate plan said the White House hoped to propose the rules for existing power plants by June 2014, finalising the rules one year later. They said proposed rules for new plants could be forthcoming as early as September. That timetable could set in place mechanisms to deliver meaningful cuts in greenhouse gas emissions by the time Obama leaves office.

Sounds good but:

But there are bound to be legal and political challenges, and it was not immediately clear how stringent the new power plant rules would be. It was also unclear how the actions promised by Obama would play out in the long term.

Come on Obama.  Last chance.  Make it count.  Please.

96 comments on “Obama acts – at last”

  1. muzza 1

    r0b, are you saying that Obama bypassing congress, yet again (war – kinetic interventions), is something that you support?

    You’re aware of the following, right?

    1: Obama, first POTUS to chair the UNSC
    2: Obama, owned/controlled by the lobbyists who fund him
    3: Obama, reading (from the prompter), what is put in front of him
    4: Obama, doing what his funders have instructed him to do

    What I find the height of hypocrisy, r0b, is that people are so certain in what they have been sold, so certain that the *science*, they believe in, is the *righteous science*, so certain that they *know enough*, that their position is correct, so eager to have the world *turn* in the positive direction, they will see democracy bypassed, what’s left of the US Constitution, kicked in, even further, and cheer on a war criminal, in doing so!

    People need to be cautious in what they *wish for*, because you do know, there are power games, far beyond the imagination of people here, myself included, that are directing what happens to this planet, it people, and habitats.

    Do you have confidence in *those people*, r0b, despite their track record of wars, pollution, death etc?

    Myself, I have no confidence in the outcome, whatever the sale pitch, but I accept that the outcomes have already been decided, and exist, even before we know what they are!

    Better cross your fingers!

    • r0b 1.1

      r0b, are you saying that Obama bypassing congress, yet again (war – kinetic interventions), is something that you support?

      Yes. He’s operating completely within the context of perfectly sensible law, and he’s addressing a problem that desperately needs addressing on a global scale. How could I not support him?

      What I find the height of hypocrisy, r0b, is that people are so certain in what they have been sold, so certain that the *science*, they believe in

      Yeah, I believe in science. Do you?

      they will see democracy bypassed

      This is not bypassing democracy, Obama is acting completely within the law.

      You hate the guy? Fine. I’m not a fan either. But when he takes the right action, I will support him.

      • muzza 1.1.1

        Yeah, I believe in science. Do you?

        Not to the point where it removes caution, and not to the extent that I believe, *science*, has not become at least, as controlled industry, as any other, if not more so, for obvious reasons.
        It goes back to what I have said many times, that the *science types* here, attach their own ego to the industry, believing it to be altruistic, believing it will *save the world*, when the reality is, that *science*, has got us in many of the problems we now face!
        Like any other industry, the R&D, and outputs are strictly controlled, corrupted in many cases, and no doubt, hidden from its optimal uses!

        This is not bypassing democracy, Obama is acting completely within the law.

        *The Law* – Which is exactly what, I really need to know! The Law, written/owned by those who do not give a rats, about the rest of us. Quoting *The Law*, r0B, is weak, and I would have given you more credit than such a lame statement!

        You hate the guy? Fine. I’m not a fan either. But when he takes the right action, I
        will support him.

        I don’t use the *H* word, nor do I associate with it in any emotive way.

        As for taking the *right actions* – You need to have a look into who the beneficiaries of the *Obamas right actions*, are going to be, once you have spent some time understanding what the *future* looks like, as directed by General Electric et al, do another post, let’s see how it looks then!

        • r0b 1.1.1.1

          Not to the point where it removes caution, and not to the extent that I believe, *science*, has not become at least, as controlled industry

          Then let me ask more specifically if you believe the science of anthropogenic climate change?

          Quoting *The Law*, r0B, is weak,

          While I appreciate the many problems with the way the law is formulated and applied, I have to ask you what your alternative is? Anarchy?

          You need to have a look into who the beneficiaries of the *Obamas right actions*, are going to be

          In this case, the planet.

          • travellerev 1.1.1.1.1

            Then let me ask more specifically if you believe the science of anthropogenic climate change?

            What if my answer was: “yes, I do but while discussing anthropogenic climatic changes I would like to include man made weather modification science in those discussions and how much that is modifying our weather patterns globally”.

            • One Anonymous Knucklehead 1.1.1.1.1.1

              Then you’ll need to come with something other than vague assertions and nudges and winks, like say, oh, I don’t know, some credible evidence of widespread long-term use of such technology for example.

              • Let’s start with a simple Wiki page here

                and start adding little things like this one here

                And this one here

                Or this one from china here

                It all adds up doesn’t it.

                I dare say that if you believe that factories can change the weather, hundreds of weather modification companies can do it too.

                Even a knucklehead, anonymous or otherwise can see that

                • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                  Right, so all you have to do now is propose a mechanism whereby this affects climate and see if your notions match observations, eh.

                • weka

                  Now how about some credible evidence that those weather manipulation technologies are being used in ways that are contributing to climate change (I assume that’s what you mean by “modifying our weather patterns globally”).

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 1.1.1.2

          “…as directed by General Electric et al…”

          What, you mean electricity generators are going to rule the world? What will the HAARP group and Buzz Aldrin cabal have to say about that?

  2. karol 2

    I was puzzled b y this bit, which is included as part of the (allegedly) great approach to climate change:

    backs nuclear energy and fracking in comprehensive strategy

    And wondered if I’d understood it right. This does not seem like part of laudable climate strategy.

    But, I see from comments on open mike today, that it is indeed what Obama is proposing.

    • r0b 2.1

      Yes. Fracking is madness in this context (I’m awaiting clarification), and I’m no fan of nuclear. Two steps forward, one step back?

      • Enough is Enough 2.1.1

        I would say nunclear is three steps back

        • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1.1

          Yep, nuclear power won’t help at all. People want it because they think that they’ll still have the energy budget that they have now if they have it.

        • jaymam 2.1.1.2

          Many years ago, I assumed that the nuclear power industry was funding the propaganda war against coal and oil, and that the bankers and speculators were the main people pushing for carbon emissions trading. I fear I am right. Remember when the government gleefully said thet NZ would collect a $500 million credit from the rest of the world for carbon trading? How did that go?

          • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1.2.1

            Remember when the government gleefully said thet NZ would collect a $500 million credit from the rest of the world for carbon trading?

            Nope, can’t say I do although there was the reason why NZ pushed for forests to be counted in the Kyoto Protocol. Something about how our forestry would save us.

            How did that go?

            Our forestry is in decline.

            • jaymam 2.1.1.2.1.1

              This is the big problem – people forget important history.

              Google links to Hansard with the $500 million claim but the page is missing.

              http://tvnz.co.nz/content/592536/425823.xhtml
              June 17, 2005

              “Business New Zealand chief executive Phil O’Reilly says last year the then Energy Minister, Hodgson, predicted a surplus of carbon tax credits worth $500 million, and made much of this supposed advantage of New Zealand being an early signatory to the Kyoto Protocol.

              But the latest forecasts show New Zealand will miss its emissions target and will instead need to buy around $500 million worth of credits to cover the shortfall, O’Reilly says.”

      • andyS 2.1.2

        Given that wind and solar cannot supply the world’s energy needs, and you are presumably anti-coal as well as anti-natural gas and anti-nuclear, how do you suggest we power the world?

        • r0b 2.1.2.1

          Wind, solar, tide and geothermal can do heaps, especially with more efficient solar conversion (it’s improving).

          Other promising sources might include thorium reactors:
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thorium-based_nuclear_power

          and fusion:
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fusion_power
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ITER

          • infused 2.1.2.1.1

            Give us a real alternative rob.
            Wind/Solar/Tide don’t cut it.

            • One Anonymous Knucklehead 2.1.2.1.1.1

              Define “don’t cut it”. They are definitely part of the solution. In the real world that is, not your tiny echo chamber.

            • Colonial Viper 2.1.2.1.1.2

              Nothing is going to cut it after fossil fuels deplete. Get used to it*.

              *The exception is if there is a massive breakthrough in nuclear fusion power generation in the next 30 years. But that breakthrough has always been 30 years away…

            • r0b 2.1.2.1.1.3

              Infused – suggest you actually read my comment and follow the links.

              CV – the ITER project looks hopeful (my last link above).

              • Colonial Viper

                Thanks r0b.

                I reckon a good acid test for new power technology is when the first 10 MWe to 50 MWe facility gets added to a grid somewhere in the world. When that happens I reckon that widespread adoption could occur within 10-20 years.

                Until then however, chances are that commercialisation and adoption is *much* further away than that.

          • andyS 2.1.2.1.2

            Ok, sorry I got the wrong end of the stick. I am pretty interested in the prospect of Thorium and LFTR technology, and have been advocating it for sometime now

        • weka 2.1.2.2

          “Given that wind and solar cannot supply the world’s energy needs, and you are presumably anti-coal as well as anti-natural gas and anti-nuclear, how do you suggest we power the world?”

          How about we use less power?

        • Draco T Bastard 2.1.2.3

          Actually, renewable energy could provide the world with enough electricity to run it. The question is more if we’d bother with the real uneconomic things like cars.

          What it can’t do is provide and exponentially increasing amount of power.

          • weka 2.1.2.3.1

            Solar powered bras for charging cell phones? Really? (and let’s remember that the bras and solar panels were all made with fossil fuel energy). I think you will have to do better than that Draco. That article is lightweight and promotional, and doesn’t even answer its own questions.

            • Colonial Viper 2.1.2.3.1.1

              This technology is based on a very old fashioned thermal characteristic between different metals.

              http://sectionhiker.com/biolite-campstove-the-substance-beyond-the-hype/

              • weka

                To add to the reviewers content, another good thing about it is that it could be used as a sold example of badly designed consumerist greenwashed crap that serves to demonstrate we are at the end of the world.

                ;-)

                Didn’t see the thermal explanation, but why not include rocket stove tech at least to improve the efficiency of the fire?

                • Colonial Viper

                  I think the device has a fan at the bottom of the burner unit which increases burning efficiency a lot.

                  • weka

                    But according to the reviewer, the fan runs on the power being generated, and the power being generated is prioritised to the fan rather than the device charger. Pretty daft when they could have used passive tech instead.

            • Draco T Bastard 2.1.2.3.1.2

              (and let’s remember that the bras and solar panels were all made with fossil fuel energy).

              Yep, true but once the renewables take over the generation of power they won’t be.

              http://www.amiiko.com/world/energy/solar_energy_striking_earth

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 2.2

      There is a current debate going on, starting with Howarth et al 2010 – Methane Emissions in Natural Gas Systems, Cathles et al’s response, etc.

      Until Howarth et al’s challenge, methane was being more-or-less universally heralded as a “bridge fuel” – which probably explains Obama’s support for fracking.

  3. Colonial Viper 3

    Indeed, nuclear is a huge generator of GHGs in terms of plant construction, fuel preparation, and eventual decommissioning – a process which often takes a decade or more while the plant is shut down and producing no energy.

    • Colonial Viper 3.1

      I should add, Obama is very likely to still approve the Keystone XL pipeline project to bring Canadian tar sands heavy oil to US refineries. Mind you, the large quantities of GHGs produced during tar sands extraction get counted in Canada’s total, not the US, so he can do that.

    • weka 3.2

      “I refuse to condemn your generation and future generations to a planet that’s beyond fixing,” Obama said to a gathering of students.

      “But I will leave you with a big pile of nuclear waste that you can hopefully still find somewhere to dump, and that you hopefully still have the technological resources to look after safely once the cheap oil runs out. Good luck with that.”

      There’s also the the issue of using the last of the cheap oil to create more polluting energy sources, instead of using it to transition to lower polluting ‘renewables’.

      Nevertheless, I agree r0b, we can but hope he continues to do something.

    • andyS 3.3

      Wind farms use 5 times as much concrete and steel per mW generated compared to nuclear

      • Rosetinted 3.3.1

        andyS
        How safe is the waste from wind farms, and what is it?
        What sort of poisonous half-life has it, and how long before it reaches that level, and how long before it is completely neutral?
        These are important points so don’t throw in clever sharp remarks about an important actually vital matter or you might cut yourself. So sad.

        • andyS 3.3.1.1

          One of the products used in wind energy is neodymium, which is only mined in China at great environmental cost.

          Ironically, neodymium is one of the by-products (“waste”, if you like), of the Thorium fuel cycle

          • One Anonymous Knucklehead 3.3.1.1.1

            Really? It’s so great to have an unbiased expert like Andy [r0b: no speculation on real names please] who’s so well informed. Is there no alternative? Is there no research into alternatives? Do all windmills use rare earth minerals? How does it affect the environmental impact compared to say, hydro? Or coal?

            Or do the answers to those questions undermine the story you’re trying to concoct?

            • andyS 3.3.1.1.1.1

              Unlike you “one anonymous knucklehead”, I don’t feel the need to post your full name to this blog without your permission

              However, if you wish to make veiled threats against me for providing the best factual information I have, then be my guest.

              • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                Oh, sorry Andy: you were quite open about it last time. I think it’s important that people realise that your name is associated with transparent dishonesty on this subject, so that your reputation totally undermines your credibility wherever you go.

                Cheers.

                • andyS

                  I don’t know who you are “One Anonymous KnuckleHead”, but my concern for my reputation on this blog is non-existent.

                  The facts about neodymium and the Thorium cycle can be found here,
                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9mx0ws2zJs
                  for example.

                  By the way, when you say “Oh, sorry Andy: you were quite open about it last time. I think it’s important that people realise that your name is associated with transparent dishonesty on this subject”, I am most interested in you filling us in with the details

                  Feel free to make stuff up

                  • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell

                    I play a little game. I see One Anonymous Knucklehead’s name in the comments sidebar and bet the nearest person to me that, when we click on the comment, it will be bitter and snide.

                    I have won $23.50 so far.

                  • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                    The facts are not in dispute. It’s just that we don’t have time for a meeting of the flat earth society, mendacity boy.

                  • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                    Andy, let’s just say I think you’re “an illiterate tr*ll who is incapable of rational thought”, shall we. or do we need to dredge up further context?

              • Draco T Bastard

                providing the best factual information I have

                You haven’t made any factual information available – only lies and distortions.

          • Draco T Bastard 3.3.1.1.2

            One of the products used in wind energy is neodymium, which is only mined in China at great environmental cost.

            More bollocks from an ignoramus.

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neodymium#Occurrence_and_production

            The main mining areas are in China, the United States, Brazil, India, Sri Lanka, and Australia.

            I especially liked this bit:

            Although it belongs to the rare earth metals, neodymium is not rare at all. Its abundance in the Earth crust is about 38 mg/kg, which is the second highest among rare-earth elements, following cerium.

            And then there’s this.

            There is no recorded New Zealand production of REE minerals for sale. Large ilmenite beach sand deposits near Westport, and at Barrytown north of Greymouth,
            contain minor amounts of monazite which could be recovered as a by-product of proposed ilmenite and gold production.

            The similarities of the detachment-related mineralisationin the northern Paparoa Range to REE-bearing Olympic Dam style mineral deposits invites further investigation, as do the elevated Ce, La, Y-contents of the Mandamus Complex.

            So it’s possible that we have credible resources of it here in NZ.

            Then there’s the simple fact that we don’t actually have to use permanent magnets with neodymium in them. Sure, they wouldn’t be quite as good but that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

            Ironically, neodymium is one of the by-products (“waste”, if you like), of the Thorium fuel cycle

            Nope, REE just happen to accumulate in deposits with lots of thorium in them. That PDF I linked to has this in it:

            Although no production figures are known, Nicholson (1955) estimated that during gold dredging operations, 0.1 ton of uranothorite was being recovered per week. Based on this estimate and assay figures of Hutton (1950), Caffyn (1971) estimated that 147 pounds of thorium oxide must have been produced each week.

            So, thorium in NZ was a by-product of digging for gold.

            • andyS 3.3.1.1.2.1

              Actually what I meant was that it is only “processed” in China at great environmental cost, not “mined”.

              Slip of the keyboard, sorry

              However, this article in The Independent covers what I was trying to say anyway

              http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/concern-as-china-clamps-down-on-rare-earth-exports-1855387.html

              “Neodymium is one of 17 metals crucial to green technology. There’s only one snag – China produces 97% of the world’s supply. And they’re not selling”

              There’s that 97% figure again.

              • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                There’s that Scrase mendacity again.

                Rare-earth prices are set to extend their decline from records this year as buyers including Toyota Motor Corp. (7203) and General Electric Co. (GE) scale back using the materials in their cars and windmills.

                My bold.

              • Draco T Bastard

                And before it was China that produced 97% of the worlds supply of REE it was the US that did it. Here’s the bit you don’t understand – the US could do it again. We could also produce some locally and other countries could do it as well.

                It really doesn’t matter if China stops selling its resources as we have our own – until the stupid politicians sell it all off of course.

                BTW, IIRC, China mines the REE and they’re processed in the EU. I read an article about it the manufacture of hybrids a few years ago and it traced the convoluted production of the materials used from mining to sales floor.

          • Murray Olsen 3.3.1.1.3

            Why is neodymium necessary?

            • andyS 3.3.1.1.3.1

              Neodymium is used in the magnets

              • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                You forgot to apologise for your lies: the ones exposed by Draco’s comment. I expect you’ll try some feeble attempt to justify yourself instead.

                • andyS

                  “I forgot to apologise for my lies”

                  Which lies?

                  • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                    The ones exposed by Draco’s comment.

                    For example, Andy Scrase, you wrote “One of the products used in wind energy is neodymium, which is only mined in China…”

                    Which is a lie.

                    Anyone who wants more evidence of your dishonesty only need do an “@author:” search.

                    • andyS

                      One Anonymous Knucklehead, I will, unlike you, respect the moderators suggestions not to insinuate real names.

                      I did clarify my statement in another comment that 97% of the world’s neodymium is produced in China

                      http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/concern-as-china-clamps-down-on-rare-earth-exports-1855387.html

                      I admit that 97% and 100% are not the same. I wouldn’t go as far as to say that it is a lie However if the suggestion that “all” of the world’s neodymium and 97% of the world’s neodymium is a “lie” and has offended you, then please accept my profoundest apologies.

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      Andy, you admitted your real name in the link I provided. If you are uncomfortable with me associating your family name with your persistent deceits I suggest you stop lying, because that’s the only thing that’s going to stop me :)

              • Murray Olsen

                There are other metals that can be used to make permanent magnets, although neodymium has advantages in terms of magnetic field strength. There are also electric generators for wind turbines that don’t use permanent magnets at all.

                Do you actually know much about this topic, or are you just a propagandist for thorium reactors? What excites you about them?

      • Draco T Bastard 3.3.2

        [citation needed]

        Also, is that measured in net generation or gross?

        • andyS 3.3.2.1

          The number came from “Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout”

          Actually, I think that number is optimistic given the huge number of turbines required (not to mention roads, pylons, and backup generation) that could be done by a single conventional power plant (i.e coal, gas, nuclear or hydro)

          • One Anonymous Knucklehead 3.3.2.1.1

            Are your sources always so twisted by transparent bias?

            To put Andy [r0b: no speculation on real names please] tiresome fantasies in context, wind generation has a slightly higher environmental cost that hydro. It is proven to lead to carbon emissions reduction.

            How are those government contracts coming, Rand-boy? Still sucking on that ol’ taxpayer teat?

            • andyS 3.3.2.1.1.1

              Oh this is [r0b: no speculation on real names please]?

              Ha so funny Rob,

              • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                Evidently you don’t have to be [r0b: no speculation on real names please] to know all you need to know about Andy [r0b: no speculation on real names please] character.

                • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                  R0b: can we get some clarity on this: does the rule apply even when someone has revealed their own identity in the past?

                  • lprent

                    No. But you have to link to it at least once so the moderators know it. And it has to be them deliberately outing themselves rather than an inference by others.

                    With the number of attempts that have been done infer the real life identities of people around here (where we know the actual identity) the success rate is less than 10%. And the “discussions” invariably drag on in a boring an unproductive manner.

                    Since most of the time the only way to be sure is for the moss to get involved and we are limited by the privacy policy, we squelch all discussion without evidence of people outing themselves.

                    There is one exception. If people claim to be someone real or someone else’s handle and it seems unlikely, then we check and will announce our opinion on their veracity and if they are allowed to use the handle. That is identity hijacking…

                  • andyS

                    Actually, I didn’t “reveal” my own identity, someone else did. But who cares? I have nothing to hide. If you wish to keep posting my name in the vain hope that this will intimidate me, then you are mistaken.

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      It isn’t intended to intimidate you, Andy. It’s intended to establish your reputation as someone who persistently and apparently deliberately misrepresents issues around the Greenhouse Effect. Unethical and dishonest.

                    • andyS

                      It’s intended to establish your reputation as someone who persistently and apparently deliberately misrepresents issues around the Greenhouse Effect.

                      Sounds like intimidation to me, since you repeatedly use my full name and refer to my family.

                      So which issues around “the Greenhouse effect” do I misrepresent?

                      Do tell the assembled mob before I am lynched. I am sure they are dying to know

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      If you are concerned for your family name why are you dragging it through the gutter?

                      I don’t need to single out individual examples: as I have already stated, your low character can easily be established by a simple @author: search. Or even a Google search: Richard Christie is quite open in his contempt for your behaviour, for example.

                    • andyS

                      “Richard Christie is quite open in his contempt…”

                      I can assure you that the feeling is entirely mutual, as I have stated on several occasions. This of course extends to you, Mr/Mrs/Ms Anonymous

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      That’s to be expected. No-one likes being exposed as a habitual liar, but the remedy is in your own hands.

          • Draco T Bastard 3.3.2.1.2

            The number came from “Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout”

            So, nothing credible then? Gotcha.

  4. johnm 4

    As AFewKnowtheTruth said the time to act was 30 years ago, it’s all too late now and Obama is just talking hopium. :-(

    • weka 4.1

      AFKTW is not God (all knowing), nor are they able to see the future. None of us know how this is going to play out, so doing what we can makes sense. It’s not that hard to make the case for hopium – humans will manage collapse stress better if their brains and bodies are able to sustain some level of endorphins. It’s also relatively easy to argue why the “we’re all going to die and it’s too late to do anything” approach fails as a strategy at any level other than the personal gratification of the person saying it.

      • Colonial Viper 4.1.1

        Yes, but I feel that the most reliable way to keep people going in the future is to set realistic expectations right now. And that means no hopium, it actually means going cold turkey on the hopium. Note, this does not mean doing things like closing thermal power stations down and sidelining personal motor vehicles.

        It does mean “don’t expect any of these measures to be enough to deliver you the future lifestyle and comfort that you thought you were promised”.

        • weka 4.1.1.1

          Quite, but it’s a long way from there to “we are all fucked and nothing can be done”.

          The value of hopium is that most humans are simply not capable of going from BAU to facing the reality of the world quickly. You need to take them in steps. If you go bald facts straight out, they switch off (a survival mechanism). It’s like asking someone to undergo radical surgery – opiates are needed.

          If you tell people who are capable of change that we are doomed and nothing can be done, they think they may as well party while the ship goes down. AFKTT doesn’t know what is going to happen, and their actions contribute to the problem, by shutting off the last few avenues for change that we have.

  5. Rosetinted 5

    “The Tea Party / Republican Party in Congress are a bunch of anti-science crazies ”
    I think they are anti knowledge. They have got a closed incurious barrier mentality to knowledge similar to the situation in NZ about mid last century when anyone from a university offering a judgment on their specialty was labelled, negatively, as being ‘an ivory-tower academic’ ie someone to be disbelieved, scorned and ignored.

    The strength of the hostility to learning in the USA shows up in the desire to teach creationism. I have seen it here from either United States imports or those accepting th fundamentalist doctrines in NZ. I picked up a second-hand condensed book of knowledge on the earth recently. At the back was a chart listing all the differing ages of earth’s development, from earliest times millions of years ago, down. Someone had written a cautionary note ‘ to look on the internet for the facts on this.’ And some other derogatory remarks about science or lies – can’t remember exactly. Also have seen prosperity church literature where learning about the bible is mingled with how to manage your finances. Today’s Sunday School WTF.

    The desire to spread the mythical story of our distant past, mixed with some bits of facts which may or may not be provable or verifiable, becomes stronger the more adherents it gains, and I am concerned that it may be exponentially, and a divisive attitude to everything has arisen.

    Democracies are hard to run when nothing can be discussed reasonably. How to approach such people requires changed thinking – these are people who are separating themselves from what I still regard as ‘our’ culture. How do workers in foreign countries relate to others in an alien culture? And what happens when they form a large percentage of one’s own population as they gain adherents? Then they may gain malicious assistance from politicians like the NACTs who see some advantage in introducing things like charter schools and getting right wing, authoritarian-based entities on side along with their obedient and dominated members. Think of the intransigency and rigidity and ultimately violence, of the Taliban.

    • Draco T Bastard 5.1

      How to approach such people requires changed thinking – these are people who are separating themselves from what I still regard as ‘our’ culture.

      More importantly, they’re separating themselves from reality.

  6. johnm 6

    “At Last” is not good enough and 100% total Obama BS.

  7. Jenny 7

    [r0b: Sorry Jenny you picked up a week ban from lprent - see open mike]

  8. johnm 8

    I find it bizarre that one of the most alive and passionate commentators on this blog Jenny can be banned for a technical infringement, this speaks of the procrustian cutting down to size nature of New Zealand political discourse, let’s all bury ourselves in a little crypt of conformity. This is part of the process that allows the neoliberal scum to go miles.

    [lprent: almost all bans are based on "technical infringements" of the policy. Just as all convictions in courts are "technical infringements" of the law (think of murder, manslaughter, and actions as a soldier). It is a silly argument.

    But she has been warned before for the same infringement. Clearly that didn't work. So she got a more pointed warning - a ban. We often find this induces what is technically known as a shift in behavior. Hopefully it will in this case, as like you, I personally (when not moderating) like reading Jenny. ]

    • Colonial Viper 8.1

      She deserved it and I’m glad to see her gone for a week. Best not tell the authors what they should be writing with their own time eh.

    • QoT 8.2

      By “alive and passionate” you mean “spammy and paranoid”, right?

  9. xtasy 9

    Honestly I have no more faith in Obama, as he is just too much talk. He is indeed in the palm of lobbies, and he has proved this. We are still waiting for him to clos e Guantanamo camp, and to do many other things. He back tracked on environmental issues, and more, but today he apparently tweeted in favour of a supreme court decision to grant rights to gays to have equal rights.

    Well, good for that and them, but it does not deliver on so much else.

    We get it, the right run the media there, they have the largerst lobbies on their side, and the average Joe and Jane Average are just useful idiots to cast votes when asked for.

    Fuck that kind of “democracy”, not worth taking seriously, and then add this shit with spy controls, all over the globe. What I just read on Spiegel Online last night horrified me, but does anybody care? You are screened and tracked while you read this by the way. I saw a young teen specimen on the bus today, heavily into Fakebook and on and off loading photos and other shit. Do they even know what goes on? NO, we live in an idiot world now, conveniently brainwashed to accomodate the status quo. RIP

  10. Sable 10

    Obama is America’s Roger Douglas, a conservative in left wing clothing. It will be a cold day in corporate hell before that little shit does anything meaningful regarding climate change.

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    Labour | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and Expenditure Committee this morning, says Maryan Street, Labour’s State Services spokesperson.  ...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has already lost hundreds of jobs, Labour says. Labour’s Social Development spokesperson and Hamilton-based list MP Sue...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must not be used as an excuse to take resources away from the capital, Wellington Labour MPs...
    Labour | 22-07
  • National out of touch with the regions
    John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believes tinkering with council regulations will restore opportunities to small towns, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “While the regions are crying out for sustainable growth and job opportunities,...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport
    The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way for other alternatives to be given a fair hearing, Wellington Labour MPs Grant Robertson and...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Reo Māori Policy Launch
    MANA will be launching its Reo Māori policy at 10am Thursday 24 July, at Matangireia (the old Māori Affairs Select Committee room at Parliament). We will also be addressing our concerns regarding the Minister of Māori Affairs Māori Language Strategy...
    Mana | 22-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    The Green Party welcomed the Environmental Protection Authority's draft decision announced today not to allow the $90 million Basin Reserve flyover in Wellington to proceed."Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have...
    Greens | 22-07
  • Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation
    Meat companies that supply supermarkets and sell New Zealand lamb as a loss leader in the United Kingdom should lose their access to this valuable quota market, said Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor. “Our reputation as a Lamb producer...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Ae Marika! 22 July 2014
    The big storm has gone, but the damage that it did and the saturation levels that it reached meant that smaller storms quickly overwhelmed roading, and water-flow systems again in the north. And although certain individuals are talking up the...
    Mana | 21-07
  • 2014 Roger Award nominations now open
    The Roger Award is for The Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2014 Nominations are now open please visit the website to nominate the worst TNC in Aotearoa. You will need to include reasons why you think your...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Labour will revive the regions with new fund
    The next Labour Government will co-develop Regional Growth Plans for every region of New Zealand and will invest at least $200 million in a fund to create breakthrough opportunities for jobs and sustainable growth, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 21-07
  • Speech to Local Government New Zealand
    Speech to the Local Government New Zealand Conference 2014 Read our full regional development policy Download Introduction Early in my time as an MP I went for a long walk on a windswept Kare Kare beach with Waitakere mayor Bob Harvey. We talked...
    Labour | 21-07
  • Something Fishy About Nick Smith’s Game.
    NICK SMITH’S crude intimidation of the Fish and Game Council points to the bleakest of environmental futures should National be re-elected on 20 September. It is now considerably clearer than 60 percent of New Zealand’s lakes, rivers and streams that...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Key’s odd personal hypocrisy in Epsom, his kiss of death to the Maori Par...
    Aside from tricking Colin Craig into running in an electorate National can crush him in, John Key has announced three things in his election deals that are ill thought out. The first is his deal with the Maori Party. At a time...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Why it’s all over for the Conservative Party
    Whatever flirtations were made months ago to Colin Craig by National strategists, the polling must have come back showing them too much of their soft urban vote would walk if Key was in Government with Colin Craig.  The necessary inside muscle to...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Balance in the NZ Herald and has something gone terribly wrong at the Heral...
    So the ‘balance’ in the NZ Herald this year for the election will be… Guest columnists will include the acerbic Cactus Kate from the radical right, former Labour candidate Josie Pagani and broadcaster Mark Sainsbury. Right, so that would be...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Phew – National Party hubris seals strategy
    The National Party are bot listening to Matthew Hooton. Phew. Hooton has crunched the numbers and based on past polling National always drops 6 points come election day. National aren’t listening. Barging through the need to cut deals with all...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Noam Chomsky on the TPPA
    Noam Chomsky on the TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Unacceptable secrecy around labelling people terrorists
    It’s good to see the Sunday Star-Times attempting to get more information from government agencies about Daryl Jones, the Kiwi killed in a US drone strike in Yemen.  The paper is right to complain about the government’s refusal to provide...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • A critical deconstruction of John Key – what’s behind the facade?
    Aspiring national leaders need a popular narrative of their rise to power.  Once in office, the narrative can be refined to fit the requirements of leadership and re-election.  Such is the purpose of John Roughan’s John Key: Portrait of  a...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Radio Live – off Mark
    The Top Marks lasted five weeks on Mediaworks radio station The Sound. This may have something to do with last being relevant in the mid-1980s when there were only two commercial FM licences in Auckland and they were on one...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Wellingtonians say ‘No!’ to Israeli aggression
    .   . Wellington, NZ, 26 July – About 600 Wellingtonians, and from further afield, met at the Cuba Mall Bucket fountain under a wintery sunny sky, to protest Israel’s continuing aggression in the Gaza strip, which – at the...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Shasha Ali – I am an indigenous person but I will never call ...
    Yesterday was indeed a politically hectic day in Aoteaora New Zealand, especially if you are an activist that cares about both human and non-human animal rights. Protest actions were organised to demand an end to factory farming from about noon, and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • Pro-Israel, Pro-Palestine or ‘Pro-Peace’?
    Latest protest for people of Gaza in Auckland In the past couple of weeks I have heard a lot of people say that they are neither Pro-Israel nor Pro-Palestine; they are pro-peace. This is a stand that I respect. Everyone...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • So we can’t feed the kids, the poor OR the sick now?
    Let me get this straight. We can borrow $10 billion in tax cuts over the last 6 years for the richest NZers, but we can not feed the kids, the poor or even the sick now? Revealed: Warning over hospital food...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • Kim Dotcom has said it, Laila Harre has said it and now David fisher says i...
    Fascinating piece by David Fisher in the NZ Herald breaking down how many opportunities the Government had to listen to officials and stop KDC entering the country and concludes KDC should never have been allowed in… It prepared papers for the...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • You, Me and the GCSB Public Meetings
      The GCSB and TICS legislation rushed through Parliament by John Key represent the largest erosion of civil liberties this country has seen since the 1951 Waterfront Lockout. In the post Snowden world we now know a mass surveillance state operating...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • A feminist takedown of Whale Oil
    Whale Oil does it again. How many more times is he going to attack and discredit Tania Billingsley publicly? In a short blog published on Wednesday ‘Nothing to be sorry for‘ Whale Oil also known as Cameron Slater, is defending John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Ares Rolinson – New Zealand First – We’ll Be Back
    Earlier this week, Bomber penned a missive which set out in some detail why he thought my people, New Zealand First, wouldn’t be making it back into Parliament later this year. Being a pugnacious, vindictive sort who’d never let such an...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • The changes teachers DO want
    “Oh you teachers, you just want everything to stay the same – what’s wrong with choice?  Bloody teachers.  Typical that you don’t want testing – trying to hide that you’re all useless. What about our poor kids?  Gnash gnash rant rant...” That’s...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • A feminist take down of Whale Oil
    Whale Oil does it again. How many more times is he going to attack and discredit Tania Billingsley publicly? In a short blog published on Wednesday Nothing to be sorry for Whale Oil also known as Cameron Slater, is defending John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • On so called Labour Party ‘distractions’
    The right wing of the Labour Party are constructing a narrative that Labour need to stop chasing distractions and focus on the real issues that matter and not these silly GCSB, inequality, domestic violence, media bias, TPPA issues. It is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Selfies: Labour’s Electorate MPs are at it again
    IT’S A LITTLE TRIANGLE of grass at the corner of Rewa Street and Mt Eden Road, ideal for election hoardings. Wandering along Mt Eden Road last Saturday morning to our weekly appointment with the brunch menu at Orvieto, my family and...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Well, well, well – Jonathan Coleman did know about FBI interest into Kim ...
    Last years GCSB Town Hall meeting in Auckland Oh dear, the cover up and lies are starting to fall over now aren’t they… Coleman knew of FBI interest in Dotcom pre-residency decisionGovernment minister Jonathan Coleman knew the FBI was interested...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Why You Must March Against Factory Farming This Saturday, 12pm
    The rally this Saturday is critical because this is the FIRST TIME IN NEW ZEALAND HISTORY that a major party has agreed to ban all intensive factory farming practices. The Labour party, the Greens, Internet-Mana, the SPCA, SAFE and other...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Astronaut tweets photo of explosions over Israel and Gaza from space
      This is what a war zone looks like from space: From aboard the International Space Station, German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted this image as the station passed over Israel and Gaza in what he called ‘his saddest photo yet’....
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When Firstline are focusing on flag burning rather than dead Palestinian ch...
    The IDF are butchering children in UN schools this morning and what’s the big issue on TV3s Firstline? Flag burning. How pathetic, and what a slap in the face to Mike McRoberts who is currently risking his life in Gaza...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’
    ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Petition asking TVNZ to stand Hosking down as election moderator jumps to o...
    In just a day the petition calling on TVNZ to replace Hosking as the election moderator has jumped to over 2500, you can sign it here. The defence that the Right are trying to run here is that John Campbell...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: the descent into sheer farce, according...
    . . It had to happen, I guess… The media pack-campaign against Labour Leader David Cunliffe has managed to  plumb new depths of absurdity. On TV3, on 24 July,  TV3/Tova O’Brien ran this report on their 6PM News bulletin, about...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting: MIKE HOSKING FOR PM?
    Yes indeed. Mike Hosking is for the PM. And now he’s able to do even more as moderator (or should that be immoderator) of TVNZ’s election debates. Here at the Coalition for Better Broadcasting we feel it’s pretty safe to say that...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • The lie that “There is no alternative” to neo-liberal economic policies
    Supporters of President Maduro in Venezuela rally   Since the 1980s we have had drubbed into our heads that there was no alternative to the economic and social policies unleashed at that time. It even had it’s own acronym – TINA. The...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • A Kanaky tale of mining skulduggery and environmental courage
    Florent Eurisouké … still campaigning against mining. Photo: Del Abcede/PMC David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific AN EXTRAORDINARY story of mining skulduggery and a courageous struggle by indigenous Kanak environmental campaigners has been captured in a poignant new documentary,...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • UNBREAKING: The list of questions Mike Hosking will use in first TVNZ leade...
    “Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first TVNZ leaders debate being held live in the gloriously beautiful Sky City ball room. It’s such a beautiful building boys and girls, we are so blessed to have Sky City...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Internet Party Party review
      I have been to A LOT of political party functions in my time, and they tend to be dull affairs at the best of times but what is happening with Internet MANA is something quite exciting. I went to...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – after learning Hosking will be the leaders debate ...
    I have to be honest, I had made the decision last night  to accept Seven Sharp’s hastily offered opportunity to appear on their show after I savagely criticised the bullshit whitewash story they did on John Key’s favourite far right hate speech...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | Press Release This is another reminder that the National Government does not care about the survival of the Maui’s dolphin National...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Message from CTU President Helen Kelly
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Message from CTU President Helen Kelly Dear MikeThere’s only 43 days until September 3, when voting in the General Election starts. The last day to vote is September 20.Thanks heaps for signing...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour Posted on July 23, 2014 by admin in Joe Carolan, Press Releases“Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: We must act to save our dolphins A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: School told to manipulate national standards data Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Regional economies must have tailored plans News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Auditor General slams Shared Services project The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo must deliver on campaign promises to improve Indonesia’s dire human rights situation, Amnesty International said....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation While activists gather in London to discuss strategies to tackle female genital mutilation, communities across Sierra Leone have been taking...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression The Gambian government must abolish the laws and iron fisted practices that have resulted in two decades of widespread human rights violations,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • A blog from the front lines of Palestine: It’s time for a new narrative
    I don’t know if I follow trouble or if trouble follows me, but somehow I seem to have found myself near one of the world’s hotspots again. The difference this time is that instead of sitting in some obscure location,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood – The Path Ahead
    It’s well established that Labour has had a difficult couple of weeks. Getting back on to a successful path requires our focus to shift from looking inwards to outwards, heightened discipline, and inner conviction. While my assessment of New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Employers liquidating companies to avoid paying minimum entitlements
    Across the union movement we have seen a number of documented cases now where companies are liquidating their business in order to avoid their legal obligations, in terms of paying the minimum entitlements to their workers. The most recent example...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Carolan : Positively Controversial
    The protest in Auckland last weekend that the NZ Herald claimed was attend by only a hundred people. Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week. A good start would be for all their...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Forest & Bird supports Fish and Game’s freshwater advocacy
    The independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird is concerned over allegations the Fish & Game Council has been threatened over its advocacy for freshwater quality....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Time for Epsom to say “no deal”
    “Epsom voters will be disgusted by the deal announced today to try and once again gift their electorate to the ACT Party”, says Labour candidate for Epsom Michael Wood....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Petition for release the of seven Bah
    At the invitation of the Honourable Annette King the New Zealand Bahá'í community is presenting a petition to the House of Representatives asking the NZ government to demand the release of the seven former leaders of the Baha’i community in...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Capital gains in the capital city
    Victoria University will today be hosting a public debate on the merits of more comprehensive capital gains tax—a step which taxation expert Associate Professor Dr David White considers would be beneficial for New Zealand. Organised by student group Beta Alpha...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Te Kupenga supports efforts of anti-violence campaigner
    Te Kupenga Whakaoti Mahi Patunga – National Network of Stopping Violence Services (Te Kupenga) wholeheartedly endorses statements made by DJ, Kickboxer and Anti-Violence Campaigner Richie Hardcore this morning on TV3’s Firstline about the role of men...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • iPredict Ltd2014 Election Update #28
    The chances of a fiscal surplus in 2014/15 continue to plunge and are down to 50%, according to the combined wisdom of the 7000 registered traders on New Zealand’s online predictions market, iPredict. The forecast surplus is now just 0.22%...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • TPPA is a bad idea
    “Currently New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, the USA, Japan, Malaysia, Canada, and Mexico are still negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Officially talks finished last August, but the reality is that they keep...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Getting privacy right in our data future
    Privacy Commissioner John Edwards welcomes the release of the New Zealand Data Futures Forum’s report....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Conference on Democracy, Ethics and the Public Good
    Conference on Democracy, Ethics and the Public Good A conference is to be held in Wellington on 1 and 2 August with the aim of starting a NZ-wide discussion about the quality of our democracy. The conference is hosted jointly...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Paddock to plate, and smart roads possible
    New Zealand’s international brand and exports could grow significantly with the creation of a data sharing ‘eco-system’ according to a paper released by the NZ Data Futures Forum today....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Ngapuhi wants to overthrow Maori King
    Ngapuhi is planning a hui for the end of the year – organised by iwi leader David Rankin – in which the future of the King Movement will be discussed....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Housing warrant of fitness little help for sick children
    A housing warrant of fitness has been promoted as a way of preventing sickness among children in poverty. The attached report shows that such a regime would have little impact on health outcomes but would come at a considerable cost,...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Upcoming Fabian Events in Auckland
    Sue Bradford ’s PhD thesis, 'A major left wing think tank in Aotearoa—an impossible dream or a call to action?' looked at why no major left wing think tank has developed in Aotearoa and whether the left in 2010-2013 was...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Senior Citizens, Not Senile Citizens
    The Taxpayers’ Union is questioning the merits and costs of the “ No car? No problem! Getting around your community without a car” brochure, released by the Office for Senior Citizens. The brochure’s purpose is to explain to senior citizens...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • NZ Troops Hone Their Skills in Queensland
    Around 260 New Zealand troops are on a 25-day Australian-led warfighting exercise in Townsville, Northern Queensland....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Maritime Union backs Green Party call for shipping lanes
    The Maritime Union is backing the Green Party’s policy to implement compulsory shipping lanes for coastal shipping, announced today....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Auckland Council Bypasses Public, Ditches Rodeo Ban
    Auckland Council Bypasses Public, Ditches Rodeo Ban The Auckland Council has announced that they are abandoning the rodeo ban on council land, put into place in 2008. This was done with virtually no consultation, says SAFE, the animal advocacy organisation....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Tolley and Coleman urged to meet West Papuan visitor
    Ministers Tolley and Coleman urged to meet West Papuan visitor Police Minister Anne Tolley and Defence Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman have a rare opportunity this week to gain first-hand knowledge about Indonesian police and military activities in West...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Minister Right to Give Fish & Game a Serve
    Reacting to Radio New Zealand’s report concerning allegations that Conservation Minister Nick Smith warned the Fish and Game Council that it acts like a 'rabid NGO', Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says:...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Government needs to get Fishing reform bill passed now
    The Maritime Union is urging the Government to push through a Bill reforming the fishing industry....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Ivory trade laws look set to tighten following petition
    A petition mounted by an Auckland schoolteacher has won the support of a powerful Select Committee and has moved the New Zealand closer towards a fully enforceable ivory trading ban....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Bilingual guide a demonstration of leadership
    “Waikato River Restoration: A Bilingual Guide” to the Waikato River that saw Tainui Waikato, Landcare Trust and the Waikato River Authority working together is a demonstration of rangatiratanga or leadership says Race Relations Commissioner...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Georgina Beyer to stand for MANA in Te Tai Tonga
    "It's great to have Georgie on board" said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP. "She's strong-minded, stands up to be counted, and has fought for the rights of those who haven't had any - and won. That...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Sir Bob Harvey
    SUSAN Sir Bob Harvey was behind the transformation of Norm Kirk, and one of New Zealand's most popular Prime Ministers. He also advised Bill Rowling, David Lange and Helen Clark, the latter as Labour Party President. Wild Westie a new...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Rod Drury
    Xero boss Rod Drury told TVNZ’s Q+A programme what the political parties are offering at this election is ‘all too small.’ “There's no policy, all it is a bunch of incremental stuff. “All too small. What we want to do...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Gerry Brownlee
    Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee Rules Out Fastracking Auckland’s City Rail Loop Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee told TV1’s Q+A programme this morning that he won’t be bringing forward an Auckland City Rail loop based on new figures showing...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Owen interviews Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey
    Lisa Owen interviews Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey Headlines: Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey suggests “we can move on some” changes to welfare for New Zealanders in Australia New Zealanders “brothers and sisters” who make “a massive contribution”,...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Flavell and Harawira on The Nation
    Lisa Owen interviews Maori Party leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana leader Hone Harawira Headlines: Hone Harawira says realistically his Mana Party can take three Maori seats, Te Ururoa Flavell sticks to prediction that Maori Party will win all seven....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • The Nation 26,27 July: Flavell & Harawira, Joe Hockey
    On The Nation this weekend…. With the Maori seats primed to play a pivotal role this election, Torben Akel reports from the key battlegrounds and meets the top contenders. Then the Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana Party...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Announcement of New Zealand First Candidate for Rangitīkei
    New Zealand First has endorsed Dr Romuald (‘Rom’) Rudzki as the candidate for the Rangitīkei Electorate in the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Labour Offer Len Brown a Hotel Tax
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the Labour Party's plan to allow councils to levy new 'pillow taxes' and regional petrol taxes. Reacting to this afternoon’s NZ Herald report Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union ,...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Cell phone evidence a first
    Cell phone evidence a first Evidence gathered solely from a cell phone has been used for the first time to convict a Hastings man for possessing child sexual abuse pictures. Michael Lawrence Worsnop, a 29-year-old orchard worker pleaded guilty to...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealand Aid Worker Helping in Gaza
    A New Zealand Red Cross nurse working in Gaza says she has never experienced anything like the current conflict in her long aid work career....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Parking officers deserve safety at work
    The union representing the Auckland Transport parking officer severely beaten on July 17 says everyone has a right to go about their job without fear for their safety....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Caritas Aotearoa NZ to provide Gaza humanitarian aid
    Caritas Jerusalem is providing medical assistance, food and other necessities to the thousands of vulnerable people affected by the escalating conflict in Gaza, and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is contributing an initial $20,000 to support the humanitarian...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • ALCP challenges parties to support Charlotte’s Web
    The leader of the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party Julian Crawford is calling on all other political parties to state their position on using cannabis oil to treat pediatric epilepsy....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Oxfam accepts cheque from Pacific Corporation Foundation
    Oxfam New Zealand has accepted a cheque for almost $1000 today from the Pacific Corporation Foundation toward recovery efforts in the Solomon Islands, following April’s flash flooding that left thousands homeless....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Draft report and decision – Pūhoi to Warkworth proposal
    The Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Wellsford Road of National Significance: Pūhoi to Warkworth section Board of Inquiry has released its draft report and decision....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealanders willing to pay tax to protect dolphins
    A report released this week shows a large majority of New Zealanders want Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins protected and they are prepared to pay for it....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Stop Smart Meters
    “The Democrats for Social Credit Party (DSC) wholeheartedly endorses the Stop Smart Meters campaign for a moratorium on installations of smart meters until the technology is proven not be a risk to health, and until home owners are given a...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Maori Roll Electors Urged to Vote Strategically
    Voters enrolled in the seven Maori electorates must learn to maximize their influence by voting strategically, according to the Maori Party candidate for Te Tai Tokerau, Rev Te Hira Paenga....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Politicians Ignore Families’ Concerns on Street Prostitution
    Family First NZ says that politicians are ignoring the concerns of families, lack the will to take appropriate action, and are happy to drag the ongoing problem of street prostitution into the next parliamentary term....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Plunket celebrates Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
    Plunket is proud to celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (21-27 July), with Plunket people across the country among several thousand New Zealanders taking part and increasing their kete of knowledge in te reo....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Coleman must quit or be sacked over Dotcom case
    Immigration New Zealand has done the right thing in distancing itself from Jonathan Coleman’s claims that ministers were not aware of FBI involvement in Kim Dotcom’s residency application, says the Internet Party. Internet Party leader Laila Harré...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Auckland Councillors, Not Emperors
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    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Cunliffe Looks Dodgy Lunching with Sex Offender
    Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig says that David Cunliffe's social meeting with a known sex offender while on holiday "looks pretty dodgy."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Back LGNZ Calls For Greater Transparency
    The Taxpayers’ Union is backing Local Government New Zealand’s calls for the Official Information Act to be extended to cover the Local Government Commission. Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Lecture series to provide insight into 2014 election
    Could National’s refusal to reform MMP lead to the defeat of the government? Is the media providing voters with the information they require to make an informed electoral decision? What directions might John Key’s leadership take if he secures...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • National Rally Against Factory Farming
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    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Women in Politics Finds Support at Conference
    Women in Politics, a brand-new organisation for New Zealand women in political office, was met with overwhelming support at the 2014 Local Government New Zealand Conference held this weekend in Nelson....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
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