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Greens: Climate future of communities on the line this election

Written By: - Date published: 9:35 am, September 25th, 2023 - No comments

“The extreme weather events that Aotearoa has seen this year have been supercharged by climate change. How we go about building resilient and affordable communities that meet everyone’s needs despite the challenges of climate change will be a critical question for the next government. For the Greens, the answer is clear: we must slash our emissions, and take action to protect our homes and communities from extreme weather”

Predatory delay on climate action by Fonterra, Dairy NZ and Federated Farmers

Written By: - Date published: 9:23 am, September 13th, 2023 - 2 comments

A damning report from Russel Norman on how the agricultural industry blocked climate action for the past two decades.

The Greens In Real Government in October 2023

Written By: - Date published: 10:21 am, September 11th, 2023 - 21 comments

What happens if the Green Party gets 10% of the vote and the top 9 get in. And say they get to form a government. What would Greens in Cabinet look like?

Breathable air in Walthamstow

Written By: - Date published: 2:40 am, September 9th, 2023 - 5 comments

Back with family in London after Covid’s four years, much has changed. Most notably, the air in Walthamstow is breathable. Thanks to Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan’s emission zone tax, the change is remarkable.

Can’t we have more charging stations AND the clean car discount?

Written By: - Date published: 8:09 am, September 7th, 2023 - 18 comments

National’s proposal to increase the number of electric car charging stations is something that should be considered but not at the expense of the extraordinarily successful clean car discount.

CHL’s Tarras Airport Idea is Unbelievably Stupid

Written By: - Date published: 2:48 pm, September 1st, 2023 - 21 comments

Queenstown Airport has over three decades generated a radial wealth local effect. The economic and social uplift has been massive. That doesn’t mean there will be similar economic benefits by building another one within just over an hours’ drive of the first one.

Four new taxes and a climate funeral

Written By: - Date published: 8:48 am, September 1st, 2023 - 30 comments

National’s announcement of four new taxes to fund tax cuts rely on herculean assumptions that will never be met. And their proposal for climate change will undermine the slow but steady progress the country has been making to meeting its emission reduction goals.

Labour should not cut spending on climate change

Written By: - Date published: 9:06 am, August 30th, 2023 - 22 comments

At a time when the effects of Climate Change are becoming pronounced now is not the time to cut spending on carbon reduction projects.

Critics of ‘degrowth’ economics say it’s unworkable – but from an ecologist’s perspective, it’s inevitable

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, August 20th, 2023 - 22 comments

Dr Mike Joy on the ecological imperative of degrowth

The other cost of living crisis

Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, August 18th, 2023 - 7 comments

Our descendants will curse us

We Need to Talk About Blackrock

Written By: - Date published: 9:08 am, August 9th, 2023 - 29 comments

How come New Zealand got to build an entire electricity generating system that lasted for 70 years without much private capital from one massive dam to geothermal and all those pylons and substations and network systems without Blackrock?

The difference between Blackrock and China

Written By: - Date published: 9:03 am, August 9th, 2023 - 4 comments

Some big news yesterday as the Government announced a deal with US Investment Firm Blackrock for a $2 billion fund for renewable electricity projects.

Climate NGOs on the BlackRock deal

Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, August 9th, 2023 - 2 comments

NGO responses to the government’s announcement yesterday of the deal with global investment management firm BlackRock, to fund 100% renewable electricity generation in New Zealand.

National is no nation builder

Written By: - Date published: 8:29 am, August 8th, 2023 - 16 comments

Nation building projects always take multiple terms, and the risk of Labour losing puts at risk some of the largest and most important we’ve seen in generations.

Climate weirding: the climate wild cards

Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, August 8th, 2023 - 5 comments

“Unpredictable change is the new status quo”

Climate extremes make NZ’s supply chains highly vulnerable – it’s time to rethink how we grow and ship food

Written By: - Date published: 9:59 am, August 5th, 2023 - 32 comments

“It’s clear domestic food supply chains have been increasingly challenged by natural disasters and the ongoing impact of climate change.”

National’s latest policy: MOAR ROADS

Written By: - Date published: 9:44 am, July 31st, 2023 - 51 comments

National’s latest policy announcement shows that it has an unmistakable fetish for tar seal.

A letter to Chris Hipkins

Written By: - Date published: 2:57 pm, July 30th, 2023 - 31 comments

My 2c on what I think Chris Hipkins needs to do to win this year’s election.

The very strange election campaign

Written By: - Date published: 9:06 am, July 8th, 2023 - 86 comments

With 98 days to go despite large parts of the electorate being very grumpy the polls are neck and neck and Labour can still win. This is what they have to do.

Climate: where we are heading

Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, June 28th, 2023 - 35 comments

The United Nations University has released a sixteen minute film featuring world leading climate scientist and carbon budget specialist Professor Kevin Anderson talking about the utter catastrophe we are heading for if we don’t take radical action on climate now.

Don’t Stop

Written By: - Date published: 6:16 am, June 21st, 2023 - 20 comments

“Meanwhile, oil companies are enjoying record profits”

Greenpeace: Climate activist Rosemary Penwarden found guilty but remains undeterred

Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, June 15th, 2023 - 17 comments

“We applaud Rosemary for standing up against big oil and gas.”

You can never have too many Teslas

Written By: - Date published: 8:43 am, June 14th, 2023 - 96 comments

Over recent periods National has run a very tightly focused campaign against state support for Tesla owners. But news that Christopher Luxon actively sought a Government supplied Tesla when he already owns one suggests that he thinks that the rules should be different for him.

How not to win votes and influence people

Written By: - Date published: 8:45 am, June 13th, 2023 - 172 comments

Christopher Luxon has gone onto the charm offensive by describing New Zealand as a negative, wet, whiny, inward looking country that has lost the plot.

Luxon, the idiot for whom ignorance is bliss

Written By: - Date published: 12:45 pm, June 12th, 2023 - 29 comments

Last night I watched Christopher Luxon in a interview with Jack Tame on Q&A from youtube. My takeaway from it was that I don’t want this fool anywhere near actual policy. He exhibited a blissful ignorance about downstream effects of genetic engineering, climate change, and productivity in our economy. Even where I agreed with him like on GE – I didn’t want this idiot implementing policy on it.

National picks a fight over GE

Written By: - Date published: 9:31 am, June 11th, 2023 - 19 comments

luxon sheep

National continues to appease Federated Farmers and has just announced a policy of easing up of restrictions and safeguards on Genetic Engineering.

The Case for Restoring Regional Rail

Written By: - Date published: 1:49 am, June 6th, 2023 - 53 comments

How does regional rail fit into the biggest story on the planet?

Stop Defending Regional Rail

Written By: - Date published: 12:44 pm, June 5th, 2023 - 51 comments

Regional rail is a perpetual makework gig servicing the wrong economy and just needs to stop.

The real coalition of chaos

Written By: - Date published: 8:52 am, May 23rd, 2023 - 22 comments

National has hatched on its attack line which we will hear about a lot over the next few months. But it may have a problem. Because the phrase “coalition of chaos” clearly applies to its leadership team. 

Government announces project that will significantly reduce coal consumption

Written By: - Date published: 8:47 am, May 22nd, 2023 - 102 comments

The Government has done a deal with the owners of New Zealand Steel that will see the company replace its coal fired furnace with a renewable energy supplied electric arc furnace and will significantly reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Our heat battery in the oceans

Written By: - Date published: 10:04 am, May 19th, 2023 - 28 comments

Almost all of the extra heat that humans have captured by adding greenhouse gases to the atmosphere over the last few centuries has wound up warming the deep oceans. We’re now starting to feel the effects of that excess heat.

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