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The Malthusian Spectre

Written By: - Date published: 10:52 am, December 20th, 2020 - 46 comments

Population has always been a critical driver of events and prior to the Industrial Revolution we lived in a zero sum world, with energy and resources effectively limited to that which could be harvested from photosynthesis, one person’s gain was at the limit, always someone else’s loss. Very low density hunter gather populations could thrive […]

Energy’s Iron Triangle.

Written By: - Date published: 7:46 am, December 11th, 2020 - 62 comments

For those who don’t trawl through all the comments; a little personal background. I’ve been fortunate enough to have just finished up a 40 year career in technology and automation, most of it in heavy industry. Looking back it’s been one hell of an adventure, tough at times, but I’ve been one of those lucky […]

Greens policy announcement: Our Clean Energy Plan

Written By: - Date published: 1:37 pm, July 12th, 2020 - 26 comments

Our Clean Energy Plan is the first part of our transformational proposal to end the use of fossil fuels in Aotearoa. It will help to ensure our grandchildren inherit a world where they can not only survive, but thrive.

A World That Just Doesn’t Need As Much Oil

Written By: - Date published: 7:22 am, June 18th, 2020 - 27 comments

BP yesterday sent a really big message that effectively now, Covid-19 is the break that tips the world away from oil dependence.

How to kill the car

Written By: - Date published: 7:17 am, April 29th, 2020 - 45 comments

What would you do so that instead of wandering endlessly through tilt-slab monstrosities soaked in 80s music and fluorescent lighting, surrounded by oppressed minimum-wage slaves who hate being there and you hating being there worried about your wheeled asset damaged in their carpark instead you get freedom?

The Corona Virus and the Car

Written By: - Date published: 7:42 am, February 28th, 2020 - 27 comments

We just saw the stock markets lose their composure, but the stocks taking really big hits are the carmakers who have baked their profitability future into this largest growing car market.

A message for conservatives about climate change and nuclear power

Written By: - Date published: 3:21 pm, January 9th, 2020 - 142 comments

David Farrar has criticised young people not for their passion about addressing climate change, but for not supporting nuclear power as a potential solution.  Even though it is too risky, too expensive, and too late.

Green Budget win backs public sector leadership on climate change

Written By: - Date published: 2:34 pm, December 11th, 2019 - 9 comments

“We want to make sure hospitals, schools and other public institutions can use energy in a more climate-friendly way, cut emissions, and lower their energy bills.”

End Oil: “this is how we win”

Written By: - Date published: 12:40 pm, December 5th, 2019 - 4 comments

The Museum of Oil History and SS4C dancing the Macarena ended an awesome week of protest action against oil drilling in NZ.

No Social welfare handouts for multinational corporations

Written By: - Date published: 8:33 am, November 2nd, 2019 - 98 comments

Rio Tinto is practising further brinkmanship and have reportedly sent in a closure team to assess the viability of Tiwai Point and no doubt seek a Government handout. Is it time to say no and provide cheaper cleaner power to the country instead?

The Government’s Economic Development Plan

Written By: - Date published: 7:35 am, September 30th, 2019 - 15 comments

Last week the government launched its Economic Development Plan, arguably late but with lots of useful initiatives.

Where is the Government on oil reliance?

Written By: - Date published: 7:57 am, September 19th, 2019 - 14 comments

Even though New Zealand is one of the most oil-reliant countries on earth, the Government has a disturbing lack of a plan for security of supply.

The strait of Hormuz

Written By: - Date published: 8:44 am, July 20th, 2019 - 49 comments

With the seizing of an oil tanker by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz today as a presumably tit-for-tat escalation for British seizing an Iranian ship, and the U.S. Navy harassing their coastline, we are in for a senseless and dangerous political escalation.

100% carbon free power generation?

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, June 26th, 2019 - 77 comments

The Interim Climate Change Commission has come out saying that making our electricity generation 100% renewable would be really expensive and that that expense would land on the poor of New Zealand. But the Government has already indicated it could be flexible on the target. ICCC should be helping us plan, not throwing road blocks in the way.

Watch out Iran

Written By: - Date published: 8:10 am, May 7th, 2019 - 57 comments

National Security Advisor John Bolton has announced that the US is sending an aircraft carrier and a bomber task force to the Middle East.

Black Hole

Written By: - Date published: 8:16 am, April 11th, 2019 - 126 comments

The first image of a black hole has been released. It’s brighter than expected, but kinda underwhelming.

No More Investing In Oil Exploration

Written By: - Date published: 10:47 am, March 10th, 2019 - 21 comments

Norway’s government has announced it is selling out of oil exploration although it will continue to invest in energy companies that have refineries and are engaged in distribution and retail sales of oil and gas products.

Trump’s brilliant strategy to dismantle US dollar hegemony

Written By: - Date published: 5:05 pm, February 3rd, 2019 - 56 comments

Polymath economist Professor Michael Hudson’s latest article is a geopolitical panoramic masterpiece, sparked by outrage at a series of concurrent events on January 31 which he predicts means that 2019 will be the “year of global fracture.” Definitely worth a read.      

National shafted us with the MOM privatisation

Written By: - Date published: 7:20 am, January 17th, 2019 - 318 comments

Five years on how are the benefits from the Mixed Ownership Model privatisation process the last Government engaged in working out?

How To Get There 6/1/19

Written By: - Date published: 6:55 am, January 6th, 2019 - 146 comments

Welcome to TS’s Sunday think piece. It’s a blank sheet, a tabula rasa, waiting for your thoughts on the future and How To Get There.

How To Get There 30/12/18

Written By: - Date published: 6:29 am, December 30th, 2018 - 139 comments

Welcome to TS’s Sunday think piece. It’s a blank sheet, a tabula rasa, waiting for your thoughts on the future and How To Get There.

How To Get There 23/12/18

Written By: - Date published: 6:59 am, December 23rd, 2018 - 236 comments

Welcome to TS’s Sunday think piece. It’s a blank sheet, a tabula rasa, waiting for your thoughts on the future and How To Get There.

Schools Out?

Written By: - Date published: 11:09 am, December 2nd, 2018 - 12 comments

…in Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Australia, Canada….

No sense, nonsense and a dearth of common sense.

Written By: - Date published: 9:46 am, November 29th, 2018 - 23 comments

We wouldn’t tie a rope to a heavy load and then push on the rope with the expectation of achieving anything, right? So why is the Guardian’s Environment Editor entreating that we do just that? Is he merely stupid? Or is there something more cynical at play?

Alaska or New Zealand?

Written By: - Date published: 1:17 pm, November 13th, 2018 - 71 comments

That’s the big question ‘big’ people are asking these days.

Electricity again

Written By: - Date published: 3:05 pm, November 12th, 2018 - 146 comments

It is time for the Government to down the electricity corporates and regulate them in the interests of the citizen.

Our rail revival

Written By: - Date published: 1:41 pm, October 31st, 2018 - 96 comments

Yesterday the government announced that it was reversing the previous government’s decision to kill off the electric trains.  The decision is one of many recently made that suggests that the future of rail is bright.

Green Growth

Written By: - Date published: 11:20 am, October 26th, 2018 - 86 comments

Shade it any colour you like…

Oil and morality

Written By: - Date published: 10:08 am, October 23rd, 2018 - 44 comments

The death of Jamal Khashoggi raises the important question can we still question the morality of Saudi Arabia?

Retail Fuel politics

Written By: - Date published: 11:32 am, October 15th, 2018 - 53 comments

New Zealand is now getting truckie protests about fuel prices reminiscent of the first term of the Helen Clark government. This is no doubt the start of many protests to come from truckie and consumer alike.

Another reminder that climate change is happening

Written By: - Date published: 9:07 am, October 12th, 2018 - 63 comments

Hurricane Michael is exactly the sort of weather event that climate change scientists predicted would occur because of climate change.

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