Much huff and puff has been generated by an energy strategy paper that is still at the draft stage

April 4, 2011

Your far-seeing Government has produced a draft strategy on energy and energy conservation that is so robust it will need bugger all changing.

The word “draft” is important, nevertheless.

It has been removed from the cover of a version you can find on a lobby group’s website today, although – we are told by some mischief-makers – the contents are much the same as the contents of the original draft strategy which can be found on a Government website.

Alf has not had time to wade through both versions.

He doesn’t see the point, actually.

But it’s fair to say one of them has a forward by Gerry Brownlee and one has a forword by Hekia Parata.

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Let’s have a 100% reduction in hot air from Keisha

August 6, 2009

Keisha Castle-Hughes – an actress – is disinclined to take Prime Minister John Key’s advice to “stick to acting” and not publicly parade her potty opinions on climate change.

The uppity lass has gone further and invited herself to a chat with the PM.

The Whale Rider actor told Close Up last night that she would be willing to meet Mr Key to discuss the issue.

“I’d love to sit down and maybe he’d know that – if we sat down and talked – that I know a lot more about it than I think he thinks I do.”

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Tickling this PETA would be a nice job for BB

April 20, 2009

PETA needs someone like BB and BB would benefit from membership of PETA.

Alf, accordingly, has sent her name to them with an application for immediate membership and a bit of stuff about how she could do for PETA’s media coverage what an unfortunate burst of domestic violence has done for Tony Veitch. Get its name all over the front pages of our newspapers and heavy coverage on radio and TV.

PETA is shorthand for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (although there’s no need to remember this, because their cause is an eminently unmemorable one).

They desperately need good public relations advice, although – even better – they desperately need to find a better cause to peddle.

They banged out a statement on Friday pleading with Environment Minister Nick Smith to become a vegetarian to reduce carbon emissions.
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Chauvel’s caution had already been sounded

April 15, 2009

From the Labour side of the political divide comes a media statement headed “Latest NZ carbon position no cause for complacency”.

The statement was issued by Labour’s Climate Change Issues Spokesperson Charles Chauvel, who said there were four reasons why the Government’s announcement of a better-than-expected carbon emissions position should be treated with caution.

Alf was pleasantly surprised by Chauvel’s numerical skills. Obviously he misunderstood when – in a chat with mates in Bellamy’s about Labour leadership prospects – someone said Chauvel didn’t count.
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Polluter-pays idea wins strong support

March 30, 2009

Farmers should take heed of survey findings which show they are way out of line with public opinion on who should pay for excess greenhouse gas emissions.

The findings aint good for rural folk: the survey found 80% of business people believe polluters should pay.

That’s not the sort of thinking which farmers – many of them, anyway – will want gathering much traction as they press the Government to go easy on them with any emissions trading regime.

More dismaying, the survey found scant support for the idea that large emitters be given much of a break.
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More hot air about climate change

March 27, 2009

Alert to farmers: another global gabfest is about to kick off on climate change.

The Minister for Climate Change Issues (and Lord High Everything at the ACC), Nick Smith, and Associate Minister for Climate Change Issues, Tim Groser, today announced New Zealand will join the next round of United Nations negotiations on a future international climate change agreement in Bonn, Germany, from 29 March to 8 April.

The significance for farmers was underscored by Groser:
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