Tagged: Gerry Brownlee

TDB today: up a blind alley (without a paddle) - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Mar 12, 2014

In this week’s post at The Daily Blog — Up a blind alley (without a paddle) — I ruminate further on the message to be gleaned from last week’s flooding in Christchurch, and how ignoring the shape of things to come makes for bad government and worse politics: What happened in Christchurch was not a […] … Read More

Lost in the flood - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Mar 09, 2014

This morning’s NASA Earth Observatory image of the day shows the impact of last week’s heavy rain in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula on the sea around. The light blue colours show sediment washed off the land. If you visit the EO page, they provide a helpful reference image: the region snapped from space in late […] … Read More

Lip service: NZ government infested with climate denial - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Nov 15, 2013

Over the last few years I’ve documented the current NZ government’s lackadaisical attitude to climate change policy. They’ve gutted the emissions trading scheme and dismantled sensible initiatives, ensuring that NZ emissions are on course to grow steeply. Last night, TV3 News asked three senior cabinet ministers whether they believed in the reality of climate change, […] … Read More

NZ’s climate policy omnishambles – gerry brownlee’s anti-carbon tax - Hot Topic

Mr February Dec 19, 2012

Gerry Brownlee, formerly a minister of energy and fossil fuel, and currently the Minister for Transport and for bulldozing democracy, heritage and social order in Christchurch, today announced that petrol duty will be increasing by 3 cents a litre annually for the next 3 years to fund new roads. Specifically mentioned are the Rangiriri and […] … Read More

Unsafe assumptions guide expansion of drilling in NZ - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Sep 22, 2012

A Close Up interview on TV One this week looked at the economic desirability of the proposed expansion of drilling exploration in New Zealand weighed against the environmental concerns. I had just finished my post on the feasibility of renewable energy fully powering the world’s economies by 2050 and it interested me that both the […] … Read More

Political Debates – facts are optional? - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Mar 27, 2012

Never let the facts get in the way of a good story, that would seem to be MP for Ilam, Gerry Brownlee’s approach to political debate. In order to counter David Shearer’s positive comments about Finland, Gerry Brownlee launched a series of untruths about Finland including that Finland: “hardly educates it’s people” Wrong, Finland has an exceptional education system. Read More

Rebuilding on a rising tide - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jun 15, 2011

It’s been a shaky week in Christchurch and Canterbury. Another M6.3 shock hit the city on Monday afternoon — renewing the misery for many in the city’s eastern and seaside suburbs, but thankfully not adding to the death toll. Attention has now turned — with some force — to the question of which suburbs should [...] … Read More

Lignite: dirty brown forbidden fruit - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Feb 20, 2011

Two items during this week highlighted the continuing progress of Solid Energy’s intentions to develop the Southland lignite fields. I therefore provide this depressing update to two Hot Topic posts on the issue late last year. Don Elder (left), CEO of state-owned enterprise Solid Energy, appeared before the Commerce select committee during the week and [...] … Read More

Moving the earth for oil - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Jan 11, 2011

Ethical oil. That’s what Canada is producing from its massive tar sands operation, according to the newly appointed Environment Minister Peter Kent. I admit to having missed that dimension in what I have read of the oil extraction from tar sands. I understood that when the CO2 emissions from its production is added to the [...] … Read More

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