Clean technology

The rank hypocrisy of the Green Taliban

As news broke yesterday, fuelled by uninformed idiocy from the SST, and Lucy Craymer and Charles Anderson running a hate campaign against the New Zealand agriculture sector the Green Taliban went on attack issuing statements about ‘chemicals’.

In a 2008 interview with Gordon Campbell – check out Russel Norman’s last answer:

Campbell: So from what you’re saying, if the Greens are in government after the next election, it will be asking farmers to pay the full costs of its emissions much sooner ?

Norman: Yeah…and its actually in a good position to reduce its emissions. The technology already exists. Its just nuts. They’re half of our emissions, and we’re saying the sector doesn’t have to do anything.

Campbell:Excuse me, but the technology to reduce methane emissions doesn’t exist at the moment.

Norman: The technology to reduce nitrous oxide emissions exists at the moment, with nitrification inhibitors.

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Al Gore: Green=Greenbacks, and plenty of them

Whatever the saviour of the planet trousered from his $804 a seat gabfest in Auckland, it was chump change compared to the fortune he has amassed off the back of the Climate Change industry he so passionately promotes.

The Washington Post details the riches that have flowed from his canny investments, many into industries that benefit from Government funding.

Before a rapt audience, Al Gore flashed slides on a giant screen bearing the logos of 11 clean energy companies he predicted could help slow climate change.

“We can’t wait. . . . We have a planetary emergency,” the former vice president told industry leaders and scientists at the 2008 conference. “Here are just a few of the investments that I personally think make sense.”

Today, several of those clean tech firms are thriving, including a solar energy start-up and a Spanish utility company that has dotted rural America with hundreds of wind turbines.

Al Gore is thriving, too.

The man who was within sight of the presidency 12 years ago has transformed himself, becoming perhaps the world’s most renowned crusader on climate change and a highly successful green-tech investor.

Just before leaving public office in 2001, Gore reported assets of less than $2 million; today, his wealth is estimated at $100 million.

Gore charted this path by returning to his longtime passion — clean energy. He benefited from a powerful resume and a constellation of friends in the investment world and in Washington. And four years ago, his portfolio aligned smoothly with the agenda of an incoming administration and its plan to spend billions in stimulus funds on alternative energy.

The recovering politician was pushing the right cause at the perfect time.

Fourteen green-tech firms in which Gore invested received or directly benefited from more than $2.5 billion in loans, grants and tax breaks, part of President Obama’s historic push to seed a U.S. renewable-energy industry with public money.

No wonder he keeps jet-setting round the world, emitting carbon by the tonne.

Destroying jobs a mercy killing say Greens


Make no mistake that when the Greens start talking about “clean tech” and “green tech” and “sustainable” and “low-carbon economy”, that what they are really saying is that your job you currently have is obsolete and they want to destroy it….a mercy killing in fact:

Senator Milne acknowledged the transition to a low-carbon economy would not be easy for many workers but said change was inevitable.

“The whole world understands that we have to move to more sustainable outcomes and it is actually cruel to those workers to pretend that things can go on as they always did.”

It is nice to see the veil lifted sometimes.