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UK coalition good for climate

Written By: - Date published: 10:12 am, May 13th, 2010 - 5 comments

The Conservative/ Lib Dem alliance is good news for the climate, with the coalition already stating its committment to a low carbon, “eco-friendly economy”. Will Key show any of the same vision next week?

Not even miners will dig Gerry out

Written By: - Date published: 2:42 pm, May 4th, 2010 - 19 comments

When you’re that far on the backfoot, it’s not hard to teeter further. The CTU has today come out against the Government’s mining plans; a position even Brownlee admits is “a bit of a surprise” given the union’s membership includes miners. What’s the score now? I say time for a quick tally. We’ve got the […]

Xena and Sheryl do the dirty on Brownlee

Written By: - Date published: 11:22 am, April 26th, 2010 - 22 comments

Remember back in 2007 when Gerry Brownlee took some really bad PR advice and unfathomably released a video entitled “Sexy Coal”? It was bound to come back and bite him; it’s the 21st century after all. What’s particularly salacious is that Lucy Lawless is doing the biting….

Sadistics office backs National Standards

Written By: - Date published: 3:55 pm, March 19th, 2010 - 19 comments

New instalment from John Key impersonater “Plumedekiwi”, in which the PM gets his linguistic knickers in a twist over national standards….
If you haven’t seen the other vids by Plumedekiwi, check him out here

Classic Key clanger

Written By: - Date published: 3:43 pm, March 18th, 2010 - 5 comments

In this article, in which a Kaikoura Whale Watch spokesman states the bloody obvious (that if New Zealand turns pro-whaling his industry will suffer), our harpoon-wielding Prime Minister displays his usual lemming tendancies, saying commercial whaling “might be acceptable if it was acceptable to others‘. Not only is this not really English, it’s also pathetic. […]

Solid Energy co-opts kids to push coal

Written By: - Date published: 11:30 am, March 11th, 2010 - 13 comments

Solid Energy has been caught out commissioning future leaders to pen fantasy stories in school hours. The company is inviting high school students in key coal-mining areas to submit an essay on: “The role of coal in sustainable energy solutions for New Zealand”.

Greenpeace kicks coal in the Facebook

Written By: - Date published: 10:23 am, February 26th, 2010 - 3 comments

Nothing like a good IT stoush, particularly of the David and Goliath variety. Greenpeace has blown the whistle on Facebook’s use of coal to power its new data center in (note: renewable-rich) Oregon. The supposedly forward-looking social networking site picked this energy dinosaur (and the world’s leading cause of climate change), because it figures the […]

Key must bite the bullet over Copenhagen

Written By: - Date published: 11:03 am, November 27th, 2009 - 4 comments

Another instalment of “John Key’s” video diary from talented impersonator PlumedeKiwi; this time taking a comedic stab at the PM’s refusal to attend the UN climate talks in Copenhagen. Key has come under an increasing amount of pressure in recent weeks over the summit, widely dubbed one of the most important meetings in history. It’s […]

Sausages with Darby

Written By: - Date published: 10:15 am, October 14th, 2009 - 6 comments

Greener Apple latest to quit over climate

Written By: - Date published: 2:38 pm, October 7th, 2009 - 3 comments

Rob Fyfe isn’t the only business leader calling for socks to be pulled up over climate change. High powered companies appear to dropping like flies from the US chamber of commerce, on account of its anti-climate action stance. The lobbying powerhouse has been fighting an Environmental Protection Agency initiative to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, a […]

Climate cast aways

Written By: - Date published: 11:25 am, September 9th, 2009 - 5 comments

That prolific climate campaign – Sign On – has been casting its mark across the Capital, with a new motif popping up on some unlikely arms and paws. The blue cast, which appears to have replaced Keisha and Lucy as the face of the campaign, has its origins in John’s unfortunate January faceplant. Presumably intended […]

NZ’s credibility melts away

Written By: - Date published: 11:58 am, August 11th, 2009 - 13 comments

As a recent article in the Guardian newspaper asked: “Can art succeed where science is proving insufficient to generate the will to act effectively on climate change? Scientists sound increasingly desperate as the evidence they are carefully accumulating stacks up but fails to prompt the urgency they insist it requires. Science seems only to create […]

John beats up on young Mum

Written By: - Date published: 4:27 pm, August 5th, 2009 - 86 comments

Seems John Key’s been name-dropping Kiwi film stars to business leaders in Brizzie. In today’s NZ Herald Key is quoted slamming actress Keisha Castle-Hughes for speaking out on climate change, saying that she should ‘stick to the acting’. Remember it’s just a matter of days after public consultation wrapped up over what the Government’s 2020 […]

Wobbling boobs distract Darby from Global Warning

Written By: - Date published: 3:49 pm, July 24th, 2009 - 21 comments

Just saw this…pretty good. Didn’t realise Darby was another Signer Oner. Nice to see a bit of humour injected into something as grim as a toiling planet.

Oil company backs Greenpeace

Written By: - Date published: 2:07 pm, July 14th, 2009 - 6 comments

Who’d have thought? An oil company coming out on the side of New Zealand’s biggest environmental organisation over emission reduction targets. Gull says let the science dictate how much New Zealand cuts its greenhouse gases by, and that the cost of inaction will far outweigh the cost of urgent cuts. Curious times call for curious […]

2020 target talks draw numbers

Written By: - Date published: 2:53 pm, July 8th, 2009 - 13 comments

Seems the Government’s public consultation over an emission reduction target for 2020 is having quite an impact. Hundreds of people have turned up to the Wellington and Auckland meetings, with some  rousing presentations (see haka at the end) and a general sense that it’s time for a bold target to be set. The consultation is […]

Retrograde NZ

Written By: - Date published: 3:46 pm, May 4th, 2009 - 18 comments

I had the pleasure of meeting lauded climate activist and author Bill McKibben this morning. McKibben is in New Zealand as part of a tour encouraging action on climate change, in the lead up to the big UN climate talks in Copenhagen in December. He’s a good guy tall, frank and realistic about the distinct […]

Burn baby burn

Written By: - Date published: 9:33 am, April 8th, 2009 - 2 comments

The future is starting to look decidedly sci fi. As the UN climate talks in Bonn draw to a close, developed countries have refused to forward an overall mid-term emissions reduction target ( the cuts they’re willing to make collectively by 2020). Despite science telling us this needs to be in the range of 40 […]

US warns: don’t cling to carbon

Written By: - Date published: 6:59 pm, April 1st, 2009 - 42 comments

Take heed, for the Superpower has spoken. At Round One of this year’s international climate change negotiations (in Bonn, Germany) the US has stolen the spotlight with a rousing opening address. President Barack Obama’s envoy Todd Stern stressed the need for action and warned countries like New Zealand that they’re set to become losers in […]

Oh Johnkey Donkey!

Written By: - Date published: 1:46 pm, March 24th, 2009 - 26 comments

We’ve been outed! By none other than Thelma (or was it Louise?) A promotional video for climate action, voiced by Susan Sarandon for Greenpeace in the US, holds New Zealand up as a beacon of hope on a sickly earth praising the former Labour Government’s plan to ban energy inefficient bulbs by 2009. Unfortunately for […]

They’re doing it, why aren’t we?

Written By: - Date published: 4:17 pm, March 18th, 2009 - 20 comments

This morning I spotted a poignant example of the inequalities inherent in tackling climate change. The Maldives have announced they’ll go carbon neutral by 2020. Newly elected President Mohamed Nasheed says his small archipelago nation will hereby spurn fossil fuels – opting instead for wind and solar power – and buy EU carbon credits to […]

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