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Oh why does God hate us so? ex-Green Taliban leader, on the way out to become a professional eco-terrorist, gets the last laugh

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Russel Norman is buggering off shortly to eco-terrorist group Greenpeace, but not before leaving a landmine of his own behind.

Restricting public investment in fossil fuel companies, allowing beneficiaries more part-time work and the creation of a new watchdog to oversee intelligence agencies – a new tranche of members bills are set to go before Parliament.

Four members’ bills have been drawn from the ballot which decides which bills are considered by Parliament.   Read more »

The seppos are looking at fart taxes now

We managed to defeat Helen Clark’s plans to impose fart taxes on the nations cattle.

The battle is only beginning in the US where a wider ranging fart tax is being proposed.

Last month, the President released a climate action plan designed to cut methane emissions.

If you are a cow, be afraid. Be very afraid.

The same goes for humans.

The plan outlines voluntary measures, such as a “Biogas Roadmap,” to reduce dairy sector greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020. There’s concern though that these measures merely represent the tip of the iceberg.

Agriculture accounts for only about 8 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions from human activities. Within that 8 percent, the second largest source of agriculture emissions is enteric fermentation—the digestive process that leads to cow methane emissions, which are emittedin ways that are not appreciated at dinner parties. Methane emissions from enteric fermentation, while covering numerous livestock animals, are overwhelmingly from cows. Read more »

Let me guess…bio-fuels?

I’ll bet that various wombles will start to suggest that Pacific nations use bio-fuels instead of diesel. While you may think that has merit it actually doesn’t. About the only thing available is coconut oil, and that is a tradeable commodity on world markets. If you divert production from copra and edible oils into fuel then everyone loses. Although the country would no longer use foreign cash reserves to buy diesel it would also not earn foreign cash either from its exports.

It is one of the other not both. Capacity cannot and will not ever be increased. I have several folders of research on this, especially in Samoa. Bio-fuel works on a small scale…for say a school, or a village, but it fails when you have to start fuelling massive power stations. The hardest part is collecting the feed-stock and when people want $2 a coconut to pick them up it fails utterly.

Several Pacific Island Prime Ministers are in Auckland today for a summit to drum up money to reduce the islands’ dependence on diesel for energy.  Read more »

Green taliban policies starving the poor, f*ck you very much

Because of green taliban policies mandating bio-fuel content in fuel supplies farmers in the US are switching crops from producing food to producing fuel. The resulting shortage of grains like corn is causing dire consequences in third world countries.

In a globalized world, the expansion of the biofuels industry has contributed to spikes in food prices and a shortage of land for food-based agriculture in poor corners of Asia, Africa and Latin America because the raw material is grown wherever it is cheapest.

Nowhere, perhaps, is that squeeze more obvious than in Guatemala, which is “getting hit from both sides of the Atlantic,” in its fields and at its markets, said Timothy Wise, a Tufts University development expert who is studying the problem globally with Actionaid, a policy group based in Washington that focuses on poverty.  Read more »

Coal not Candles

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A correspondent suggest that tonight we should be celebrating coal not candles:

It was coal that produced clean electric power which cleared the smog produced by dirty combustion and open fires in big cities like London and Pittsburgh. Much of the third world still suffers choking fumes and smog because they do not have clean electric power and burn wood, cardboard, unwashed coal and cow dung for home heat.

It was coal that saved the forests being felled to fuel the first steam engines and produce charcoal for the first iron smelters.

It was coal that powered the light bulbs and saved the whales being slaughtered for whale oil lamps.

It was coal that produced the steel that replaced shingles on the roof, timber props in the mines, wooden fence posts on the farms and the bark on the old bark hut.

In Australia today, coal provides at least 75% of our lighting, cooking, heating, refrigeration, rail transport and steel. Without it, we would be back in the dark days of candles, wood stoves, chip heaters, open fires, smoky cities, hills bare of trees and streets knee deep in horse manure.

Coal is fossil sunshine as clean as the green plants it came from, and often less damaging to the environment than its green energy alternatives.

Earth Hour candles are green tokenism for rich status-seekers and nostalgic dreamers.

We should spend Earth Hour saluting the real people who produce the coal on which most people on earth depend.

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