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Nathan Argent

Nathan Argent is the Policy Advisor for Greenpeace New Zealand based in Wellington and is a long time Greenpeace campaigner with an interest in clean technology solutions.

  • Today, Solid Energy announced that the closure of Huntly’s dirty coal fired boilers will result in more job losses in the coal industry. As the world moves away from polluting power like coal, the pain of this shift is now being felt keenly here, at home.

    The writing has been on the wall for some time, yet John Key has failed to put in place a plan to support those affected and their families, and start creating jobs in cleaner industries.

    He’s ignoring the enormous opportunity to create many tens of thousands of jobs in powering our homes with clean energies like solar.

    Jason Miczek / Greenpeace

    The thing is, solar power - harnessing the energy from the sun - has made enormous progress over the years. It’s disrupting the current energy markets as costs crash and consumers are looking for cheaper, smarter ways of p... Read more >

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    (Photo credit: Sam R. Dyson/ActionSation)

    Overnight Monday, ministers, trade officials and corporate lobbyists concluded the highly controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement - a shady ‘trade’ deal that has been cooked up behind closed doors.

    While the Prime Minister and Trade Minister Tim Groser throw up the carefully crafted, detail-free words of their spin-doctors that it’s “overall a very good deal for New Zealand” or that “when you sense the bus is going to take off you jump on board”, this is far from a good deal for New Zealanders.

    The way it is being reported overseas, the New Zealand trade team are said to be ‘disappointed’ at their 'unsuccessful' and 'failed' attempt to get a good deal as they accepted “ugly compromises”, it’s hard to see what’s in it for us.

    In fact, it ... Read more >

  • Fossil fuels fall to clean energy

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - August 18, 2015 at 8:54

    There are two exciting, important and rapid shifts happening right now in the way our energy is generated.

    The first shift is away from polluting fossil fuel power stations, and towards renewable energy.

    The other is a transfer from power being generated at big power stations to power being generated at our homes and businesses.

    Yesterday these shifts led to yet another polluting power plant in New Zealand closing down because it’s cheaper to power our homes and businesses with clean energy.

    Contact Energy announced that they would be switching off their gas powered plant at Otahuhu because of the growth in clean energy, such as geothermal.

    The announcement comes off the back of the decision to close Huntly’s choking smoke stacks as competition from cheaper power like wind and solar is making ... Read more >

  • As Key drops the ball, communities fall

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - August 12, 2015 at 10:43

    UPDATE: Coal mining company Solid Energy has been put into 'voluntary administration' as the global coal industry collapses under the demand to reduce pollution. The Government's failure to plan for a fossil fuel free future will ultimately lead to more jobs losses affecting Kiwi families up and down New Zealand. Our full response.

    Last week, Genesis, the company that runs Huntly Power Station, announced it was shutting down its smoke-belching, coal-fired boilers as competition from cheaper power like wind and solar is making it too expensive to run.

    This is good news for our health and the future of our children, and an important step towards taking the pollution out of our economy.

    But while we herald this as a victory for common sense and necessary to safeguard our planet, we must not for... Read more >

  • Goodbye coal

    Good news. Huntly power station, the remnant of a polluting, coal based power system in New Zealand will be shutting down its choking smoke stacks in favour of clean energy sources like solar and wind.

    Genesis, the company that runs the dinosaur plant, has made this move because it’s now cheaper and better for our health to ditch dirty coal and harness the power of New Zealand’s massive clean energy resources.

    It is a good - albeit long overdue - business decision that marks the end of large scale coal use to power our homes and comes on the back of a global collapse in the coal industry, where bankruptcies and cancelled projects are filling the business media pages.

    It is also a decision that will leave John Key’s pollution obsessed government with soot on their face.

    In his term as Prime Mi... Read more >

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