Tagged: John Key

Twas the night before… the ETS - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jun 30, 2010

Tomorrow morning, a large chunk of New Zealand’s much debated Emissions Trading Scheme comes into effect. Forestry’s already been in it for two years, but July 1st is the day that the liquid fuels and electricity generation sectors start to have to account for their emissions, and it’s the first day that consumers might see [...] … Read More

Gluckman: climate denial undermines all science - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jun 10, 2010

NZ PM John Key’s Chief Science Advisor, Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, tackled denialism head on in a lecture at Victoria University of Wellington’s Institute of Policy Studies last night. Titled Integrity in Science: Implications from and for the Climate Change Debate [pdf of full text], it’s an interesting and worthwhile overview of the issue from [...] … Read More

The annotated Rodney Hide: treating parliament with contempt - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Feb 10, 2010

How far can a Minister of the Crown go in misrepresenting the facts of a matter before he is guilty of misleading the House? That’s not an easy question to answer, but any sensible reading of Rodney Hide’s speech in response to prime minister John Key’s statement to the House yesterday would suggest that if [...] … Read More

The Victimless Myth - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Jan 14, 2010

There is a fair amount of news about drug addiction at the moment, with John Key announcing a (somewhat laughable) $7 million boost for P treatment. Garth George, in one of his best columns for some time, points out that the real killer in terms of drug addictions is, of course, alcohol. He laments the [...] Related posts: … Read More

As you sow… (aka the ’bugger’ moment) - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Nov 13, 2009

And so it begins: the rest of the world is starting to notice the major disconnect between New Zealand’s much advertised “clean and green” image and the National-led government’s piecemeal demolition of sensible climate policy. In yesterday’s Guardian, one of Britain’s leading quality newspapers, Fred Pearce devotes his “greenwash” column to New Zealand: …my prize for [...] … Read More