Buy electric cars…that’ll save the planet…oh wait!

I love it when news stories like this hit the headlines.

They show the lunacy of Green thinking.

In this traffic-packed Dutch city, electric cars jostle for space at charging stations. The oldest exhaust-spewing vehicles will soon be banned from the city center. Thanks to generous tax incentives, the share of electric vehicles has grown faster in the Netherlands than in nearly any other country in the world.

But behind the green growth is a filthy secret: In a nation famous for its windmills, electricity is coming from a far dirtier source. Three new coal-fired power plants, including two here on the Rotterdam harbor, are supplying much of the power to fuel the Netherlands’ electric-car boom.

As the world tries to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and combat climate change, policymakers have pinned hopes on electric cars, whose range and convenience are quickly improving. Alongside the boom has come a surging demand for power to charge the vehicles, which can consume as much electricity in a single charge as the average refrigerator does in a month and a half.

The global shift to electric cars has a clear climate benefit in regions that get most of their power from clean sources, such as California or Norway. But in areas supplied by dirtier power, like China, India and even the Netherlands, which is on track to miss ambitious emissions targets set for 2020, the electric-car jump has slimmer payoffs. In some cases, it could even worsen the overall climate impact of driving, experts say.

The dilemma highlights the crucial importance of clean electricity in global goals to slash greenhouse-gas emissions, the focus of a December summit in Paris. Cutting transportation-related emissions can help – but not if pollution is simply shifted from the tailpipes of cars to the smokestacks of coal-fired power plants, which generate 40 percent of the world’s electricity.

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Len’s got some competition for the world’s most liveable city


Len Brown has some competition for his dream of Auckland being the most liveable city…and from China no less.

Chinese internet users have mocked a report claiming that Beijing is the country?s most liveable city even as they enjoy unusually blue skies in the lead-up to a major military parade.

China?s capital city ranked 69th out of the world?s 140 most liveable cities in the Economist Intelligence Unit?s (EIU) semi-annual survey, released this week.

The city was ranked higher than any other Chinese city, just ahead of neighbouring Tianjin where a massive explosion last week has left a toxic aftermath in its port area.

?Best joke of the week,? said one user of Weibo, China?s Twitter.

?Did they get extra points for all the smog?? asked another wag. ?? Read more »

National don’t get social media either… #juststop

Today, some flunky at the end of John Key’s Twitter account live tweeted every line from Key’s keynote as individual tweets.


As a result, anything else in the timeline of those that follow Twitter was completely downed out. ? Twitter isn’t meant to be used this way. ?It annoys people, and it shows a total lack of understanding (and respect) for people’s time. ? Read more »

Whoops, attempts at reducing climate footprint have massively increased air pollution in London

You may have heard of Anthropogenic Global Warming or that man is to blame for the warming of the planet. It’s a fallacy but many in governments around the world have bought the spin and so they pass laws to improve our carbon output.

Now we have Climate Scientist caused pollution…because in reducing the carbon footprint they have massively increased other pollutants.

Bloomberg reports:

London has a dirty secret.

Levels of the harmful air pollutant nitrogen dioxide at a city-center monitoring station are the highest in?Europe. Concentrations are greater even than in Beijing, where expatriates have dubbed the city?s smog the ?airpocalypse.?

It?s the law of unintended consequences at work. European Union efforts to fight?climate change?favored?diesel fuel?over gasoline because it emits less carbon dioxide, or CO2. However, diesel?s contaminants have swamped benefits from measures that include a toll drivers pay to enter central London, a thriving bike-hire program and growing public-transport network. ? Read more »

Another David Cunliffe social media #FAIL

Some of the yet-to-be-released Labour Party policy must include where they plan to reclassify police and nurses as part of the manufacturing sector.



Labour still playing fast and loose with intellectual property

What started as a time sensitive reference to Game of Thrones, Labour’s tweet pushing their North Korean power solution has backfired somewhat.

Commenters on twitter have lambasted Labour for using a photo of a Ukrainian forest taken by a Ukrainian photographer who goes by the name of Vladimir Agafonkin or his online persona of “Mourner”.

Sp Labour couldn’t be bothered finding a Kiwi image, or use one from w Kiwi photographer and instead nicked a photo from an offshore photographer hoping they wouldn’t get sprung.

Then again why should we be surprised when they get their IT policy dictated to them by Kim Dotcom.? Read more »

Labour’s great big education McCockup

Labour has bombed another social media release and following on from the Greens have nicked a private company’s intellectual property in order to score political points.

Megan Woods kicked it all off posting this image.


She was quickly followed by NZ Labour and David Cunliffe both tweeting it and whacking it on Facebook. ? Read more »

Cunliffe’s SMOGs continue

Here we are kicking off a new week and David Cunliffe celebrates by bombing another tweet.

David Cunliffe conveniently forgets that it was Labour that signed the NovoPay contract.? Read more »

LMAO: Little Andy does a Selfie

It didn’t take long, but here is the next Labour Means Accuracy Optional moment in Labour’s 2014 Social Media led election campaign

little andy

The whole country is talking about cyclone Lusi, except Little Andy, who thinks a touch of Womad ?mixed with some current affairs and the now ubiquitous “selfie” is going to be another win for his charm offensive infused vote winning strategy.

Andy, next time you take a selfie, remember to smile.

Better yet, let your first be your last.


Union thug to walk plank and join another sinking ship?

The tip-line has informed me?that rumours abound about the future of “union thug” and all-round boof-head Beven Hanlon.

It seems his fellow Corrections guards have fallen out of love with this nasty piece of work, following my revelations about his lies to?journalists (link) and inappropriate content on his Facebook page.

They are telling me?of lots of strong suggestions he is about to stand down from his role as president of the Corrections union, to try and get on the Labour list.

If so, Labour should be very wary, as his workmates have been happy to spill the beans about this clown.

Oh yes Beven, I’m aware of the “unfortunate incident” when transporting a prisoner.? Read more »