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The Warehouse emperor has no clothes

Matthew Hooton has drawn a bead on Stephen Tindall’s greenwash and his utter hypocrisy in promoting the bollocks of Copenhagen. Once again I have been up early and trudged up to the local Howick Stationer who knew I was coming and had my NBR all ready for me. The article is well worth it so I will painstakingly re-type it all for you. Well, the best parts anyway

Stephen TindallThe Warehouse is almost certainly New Zealand’s most economically-, socially- and environmentally-destructive company, perhaps explaining why its founder, Stephen Tindall, tries so hard to greenwash it and himself.

Mr Tindall’s latest initiative is to email “everyone” urging support for Greenpeace’s target of a 40% reduction in net carbon-equivalent (CO2) emissions by 2020.  In doing so, he contrives not to know that this could only be achieved by butchering New Zealand’s agricultural sector and what remains of our manufacturing base, doubling energy prices, increasing unemployment and cutting everyone’s income by $3,200 a year.  Then again, perhaps he knows all this only too well, because his business would benefit.

Ouch! No holds barred there. I guess Hooton isn’t pushing for the PR work at The Warehouse anytime soon.

The Warehouse model is to buy junk manufactured in Chinese sweat shops using coal-fired electricity, burn more carbon by shipping it here, and then flick it to mainly poorer New Zealanders, who often neither need nor even want it.  The company has fuelled our ruinous trade deficit, boosting only the fast-growing home-storage sector and TradeMe.

To reach consumers, Mr Tindall’s company dumps its vulgar red sheds in the middle of small towns and shopping centres, destroying the retailers and the culture of entrepreneurship they promote.  Audaciously, patriotism is prominent in its marketing, including even the New Zealand flag,

The company also works hard to keep its wage bill low, with an in-house union set up in 2000 with seed money from the employer.  When its distribution-centre workers finally saw through that scam and joined a real union, the company immediately and miraculously found it had enough for a $3 an hour pay rise.

Double ouch!! Calling The Warehouse a sweat shop maked Hooton sound suspiciously like Matt McCarten or Laila Harre, I wonder if thy ghost wrote this article.

Pol PotMr Tindall’s echo of Greenpeace’s call for a 40% cut in CO2 emissions by 2020 is all the more extreme because it’s measured against a 1990 baseline.  Since 1990, New Zealand’s emissions have increased by around 25%, mainly as a result of population growth, so that the true cut required to meet Mr Tindall’s dream would be in excess of 50%, in just a decade.  It goes without saying that no other country in the world is considering anything so stupid.

Neither Mr Tindall nor Greenpeace dare say how they think New Zealand could achieve their goal.  The mass planting of new forests might, at a stretch, deliver half of it, but policy u-turns over the last decade make it doubtful that private-sector investors will ever again trust ministerial statements sufficiently to plant even a single tree. With agriculture not yet having the technology to reduce emissions significantly without a mass national cull, only a Kampuchean solution in the industrial and transport sectors could deliver Mr Tindall’s goal.

Is Hooton ranting now! The Kampuchean solution! Where we all are forced to abandon out cities and march to work camps in the countryside where a quarter of our population dies in death camps. Surely that is a bit melodramatic? Well hang on a minute here, all evidence suggests thaat Pol Pot was actually one of the world’s pre-eminent environmentalists. Yes people will quibble about some of his techniques like killing a quarter of the population, but the evidence is categoric, carbon emmissions in Kampuchea were the envy of the world and the green movement and plunged to almost the levels that they are talking about.

Not even that, of course, would slow climate change by a single day, and Mr Tindall knows it.  New Zealand contributes just 0.2% of net global emissions so even were we to halve them, the total global reduction could be no more than 0.1%.  Worse, such a move by New Zealand would in factincrease global emissions and the Warehouse again provides an excellent case study as to why.

Mr Tindall and his ilk have destroyed their own countries’ manufacturing bases, instead buying from the polluting sweat shops on China’s eastern seaboard.  In so doing, it’s true they’ve cut their own countries’ emissions marginally but they have fuelled the doubling of China’s emissions, so that one out of every five CO2 molecules that enters the atmosphere now does so from what has become the world’s biggest polluter.

Mr Tindall’s 40% goal would make it worse.  With the collapse in economic activity his goal requires, even fewer Kiwis would be able to shop at High St, with its lower-carbon but more expensive goods.  More of us would be forced to buy the high-carbon junk he and his suppliers peddle, manufactured in countries with no environmental standards and no intention of following New Zealand “leadership” in slashing their industrial output with suicidal carbon-reduction goals.

Sheesh, that is hard hitting. The only word missing is the one Hooton called Winston Raymond Peters, 64, unemployed of Herne Bay.

Looping the Loopy Left

No Right Turn (Malcolm Harbrow) thinks that the Road Transport Forum is corrupt but not the unions.

Greenpeace wants you to vote for their Origami Whales Campaign in the Webby Awards ( I had to post this, it is about Whales after all)

Opposable Thumb thinks the Labour Party is making a mess of choosing a candidate to replace Helen Clark in Mt Albert.(hard to disagree with that)

Labour/EPMU funded offshore lap-blog (NZ’s LabourList/Red Rag) finally get a smidgeon of integrity and criticises some Labour politicians.

Brenden Burns thinks watching the All Blacks for free is a birthright.

Clayton “Plughead” Cosgrove just lies outright about Maori Prisons, but then anyone with punch and grow is in denial anyway.

Phil Goff is trying to catch up with Labour supporters. (They’d be few and far between, I wonder if he found any)

Catherine Delahunty (yes its real) is hoping new puppy at White House will stop killing afghanis and funding Israel wars on Palestine

Up yours, Greenpeace


Kerre Woodham: Up yours, Greenpeace – 30 Mar 2008 – Opinion, Editorial and reader comments from New Zealand and around the World – nzherald

Kerre Woodham is becoming conservative. She has joined the legions of conservatives that hate Greenpeace.

I devoted my time and charity dollar to other organisations. But the clear-eyed earnest things don’t take no for an answer – and I guess you wouldn’t if you’re getting up to $23 an hour for doing God’s work. You have to justify your grandiose hourly rate somehow. “Would you like to sign up to Greenpeace?” one young lovely asked as I charged past, clearly in a hurry. “No thanks,” I said. “Why not?” she asked, righteous indignation lacing her every consonant. “Don’t you want to save the planet?” “No,” I thought to myself. “No, I don’t. Not if you and your poxy, sanctimonious selves are running the bloody thing. Let the orb implode and take me with it.”

I icily informed her that I was happy going about saving the planet in my own way and perhaps she’d like to take herself down to Pak n’Save or the Mad Butcher’s because campaigning outside an organic health food shop seemed rather like coals to Newcastle. And we know how Greenpeace feels about coal.

Amen to that.

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Unfortunate Headline

Who would have thought that Greenpeace are against prowling homosexuals?…Well wonder no more with this headline.

More claptrap from Greenpeace

[Imported from Whale Oil Beef Hooked on Blogger]

Today while picking up the post at Pakuranga I was confronted, yes, confronted by two Greenpeace activists wanting me to sign up to some bullshit thing. One was wearing a Green Communist China hat with the Red Star, you know the one, stupid looking except on tough looking Chinese with knock-off Ak-47′s.

He thought it was pretty cool and went with his hand woven, made from the dags of some wool bearing animal, vest. Cool, that was until I took it upon myself to ask the dickhead if he thought he could do the same thing in the place where his “cool” hat came from. Nup didn’t think so, they tend to deal with idiots like him at the end of a Tank.

Turns out he was trying to mobilise support against a decision to allow Mighty River Power to fire up the mothballed Marsden B power plant in Whangarei with coal.

Greenpeace had this to say

“The decision is one giant leap backwards, back to outdated, polluting energy sources.”

“It is a terrible blow for the environment, for the local community and for efforts to tackle the world’s greatest threat – climate change,” climate campaigner Vanessa Atkinson said.

“With New Zealand set to overshoot our Kyoto greenhouse gas reduction targets, and scientists warning us that we have only 10 years to avoid climate catastrophe, it is ridiculous to allow the country’s first coal-fired power station in 25 years.”

“In this age of climate change, New Zealand does not need a great big, carbon-belching, toxic emitting power station.”

“We need clean renewable energy and a long term sustainable energy strategy to get us there.”

Well bully for them, we have literally tons of coal, like fucking heaps of it, it is exactly what we should be doing….burning it here.

With Greenpeace and their mates the Green Party in Parliament, New Zealand would not be able to use it’s natural resource instead exporting to China where they can burn it willy-nilly with no fear of having to meet any stupid Kyoto targets.

Meanwhile we all pay increased taxes to support a system invented by Enron!!!! As well as let the Chinese burn our coal basically for free!!!

How fucking stupid is that?