Tagged: coal

Stuck in the muddle with Obama - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Jan 27, 2012

I look back with some embarrassment on my enthusiastic posts when Barack Obama was in the early days of his presidency.  I thought he was offering strong political leadership in addressing climate change.  His words seemed unequivocal. Here he is speaking at the UN in September 2009: That so many of us are here today [...] … Read More

Hidden treasure is fools gold - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Dec 19, 2011

The Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) has launched a new document, Realising Our Hidden Treasure: Responsible Mineral and Petroleum Extraction. The title says it all, and it’s the same message as the government has been feeding us for the last three years. First the treasure. The document sets it out in dollar terms. [...] … Read More

The promise of renewables - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Nov 04, 2011

No sooner had I finished reviewing Fools Rule, which recounts the determination of many nations to carry on with the further discovery and exploitation of fossil fuels in blunt defiance of the warnings of science, than I read Fred Pearce’s article in Yale Environment 360 detailing how the world is in fact burning more and [...] … Read More

New Opencast Mine Permitted - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Aug 27, 2011

News today that resource consent has been granted to Perth-based company Bathurst Resources for opencast coal mining on 200 hectares in the Mt Rochfort Conservation Area on Denniston Plateau, northeast of Westport. It will become New Zealand’s second largest opencast coal mine after Solid Energy’s nearby Stockton mine. The commissioners said that the consent was [...] … Read More

Leave fossil fuels undisturbed. - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Aug 09, 2011

A recent Forest and Bird Newsletter contrasted the anticipated loss of 100 jobs in the Department of Conservation with the announced doubling of the number of people employed in the Ministry of Economic Development’s unit aimed at expanding the oil and minerals industries. The newsletter comments that some of those who will lose their jobs [...] … Read More

Suck this, old king coal - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden May 11, 2011

Peabody Energy, the world’s largest private sector coal company, best known for mountain-top removal coal mining in the USA, has finally woken up to its social and environmental responsibilities, and is launching a new programme — Coal Caresâ„¢ — to: …reach out to American youngsters with asthma and to help them keep their heads high [...] … Read More