Tagged: fossil fuel

Food, Fossil Fuels and Filthy Finance - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Oct 23, 2014

It is depressingly apparent that powerful forces in the global economy are set to carry on with the exploration for and use of fossil fuels as a primary source of energy for decades to come. Oxfam has produced a report identifying the confluence of fossil fuel companies, governments and investors which givers momentum to the […] … Read More

Memo to Labour: Calling fossil fuels “transition fuels” doesn’t make the carbon go away - Hot Topic

Mr February Sep 09, 2014

The New Zealand Labour Party announced their climate change policy on 24 August; the Sunday before last Sunday. At first glance, it sounds refreshingly like a policy that takes anthropogenic global warming seriously. From the announcement: A Labour Government will put in place a comprehensive climate change strategy focusing on both mitigation and adaptation, establish […] … Read More

NZ PM BP: John Key and the Fellowship of the Drill – beyond parody - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jul 30, 2013

The growing disconnect between the NZ government’s promotion of New Zealand as a 100% Pure tourist destination, and its desire to see more offshore oil and gas exploration and increased mining for coal and minerals is certainly attracting attention around the world. Graham Readfearn’s article New Zealand pushing plans to drill Middle-earth as Hobbit filming […] … Read More

Generation Zero’s NZ speaking tour asks: What’s the holdup? - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jul 19, 2013

Youth-led climate campaigners Generation Zero have just finished the first week of their nationwide What’s The Holdup? speaking tour1 — an attempt to start a national conversation about action to reduce emissions. Here’s what the group has to say about the tour: In between extreme weather and rising oil prices, countries around the world are […] … Read More

Morality, government and fossil fools (Bryan’s back!) - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker May 24, 2013

I signed off regular writing for Hot Topic some months ago. But failing eyesight doesn’t mean failing concern, and my anger at the way our government heedlessly pursues the expansion of fossil fuel exploration led me recently to reflect I could still see sufficiently to write letters to editors. Publication of a letter by the […] … Read More

Symptoms too serious to ignore: a call to face up to NZ’s critical risks - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Feb 25, 2013

A loose affiliation of New Zealand’s great and good will launch an appeal to parliament next week, asking for a dispassionate and non-partisan risk assessment of the “unprecedented threats to our collective security” facing the country as a result of climate change, fossil fuel extraction and economic uncertainty. The Wise Response group features poets, writers, [...] … Read More

McKibben: naming the enemy - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Jul 28, 2012

“It has become a rogue industry, reckless like no other force on Earth. It is Public Enemy Number One to the survival of our planetary civilization.”  These are the words Bill McKibben uses to describe the fossil-fuel industry in a recent striking article in Rolling Stone which has received wide attention. It’s well worth reading, [...] … Read More

Roughan’s ready theory - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jul 08, 2012

John Roughan has a theory. The New Zealand Herald‘s columnist and leader writer waxes lyrical this week about the discovery of the Higgs boson bringing excitement back to science — science having been made dull by being “dominated by environmentalism” for too long. Others may wish to make fun of Roughan’s somewhat incoherent take on [...] … Read More

John Key’s fossilised vision for NZ - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Jul 07, 2012

One wearies of lamenting the government’s inability to view proposed paths of economic development from the perspective of climate change. But as they continue to trumpet economic solutions which are inimical to facing the challenge of global warming there is little option but to keep reiterating that they need to take a longer term view. [...] … Read More

Exxon boss: intellectually obtuse position on climate impacts - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Jul 02, 2012

I sometimes wonder what the CEOs of fossil fuel companies think about the effect of their products on the atmosphere and whether they harbour any anxieties about climate change. One of them, Rex Tillerson of ExxonMobil, has told us how he views the matter in his reply to a question following a speech he gave [...] … Read More