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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.

  • Government snubs democracy in rush to aid polluters

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - September 3, 2012 at 9:54

    With the Climate Change Response Amendment Bill currently before select committee the Government is proposing changes that will gut our Emissions Trading Scheme in favour of big polluters.

    They have invited public submissions, but allowed only an extraordinarily short time in which to have your say. You have until next Monday 10 September to take action on this very important issue.

    The proposed changes heavily favour big polluters, undermine environmental protection and will damage the clean, green reputation that’s so vital to NZ’s economy.

    The bill is a deliberate attempt to destroy the price of carbon and sideline New Zealand’s clean energy sector in favour of the Government’s 19th century dirty energy agenda.

    At a time when urgent action is needed on climate, this sends a very... Read more >

  • Here’s to progress….

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - July 27, 2012 at 16:34

    Activists raise an image of a wind turbine They say a week’s a long time in politics, and the same could also be said of campaigning. The week never ends in quite the way you might have expected at the beginning. And sometimes that can be a very good thing, as this week has proven.

    I woke on Monday morning to see the news media filled with the reflection and commentary on the National Party’s conference at the weekend, much of it detailing the posturing and flapping from a party desperate to recover from a dreadful start to its second term. And this was no more evident than the Prime Minister’s “bring it on” to all those who are neatly unpicking the Government’s economic case for asset sales, and the expansion of oil, gas and coal mining.

    And I couldn’t help be reminded that the last time I heard these words they were being clumsi... Read more >

  • Next week, the Government will end its consultation on the type of activities that should be permitted in our Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), which include deep sea oil and gas drilling. New Zealanders are being asked to make submissions on what type of activities should be permitted  discretionary or prohibited.

    The prospect of deep water drilling in our coastal waters is a highly controversial  issue and the opportunity for the public to have its say is fundamental to the democratic process.

    Yet, before the consultation is due to close, and before Parliament has had the chance to fully debate and vote on the EEZ legislation, the Government has already released 23 deep sea oil blocks for competitive tender. This betrays the good faith enshrined in the public consultation process and indica... Read more >

  • Anti-mining march

    Today, Pure Advantage, the business group whose backers include Air New Zealand boss Rob Fyfe, Villa Maria founder George Fistonich and Warehouse founder Sir Stephen Tindall, released a report into New Zealand’s environmental record, and its efforts to protect its global reputation.

    The report, New Zealand's Position in the Green Race, says the country urgently needs to raise its game and restore integrity to its clean, green reputation. Offering a litany of missed opportunities and lacklustre vision, it is a sobering insight into the failures of successive governments to safeguard our once clean, green nation.

    Amongst our failings, it tells us that our per-capita carbon emissions are the fifth worst in the OECD, and will overtake those of the US on a per-capita basis in less than eight... Read more >

  • Yesterday, the notorious rainforest destroyer Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), the parent company of New Zealand based Cottonsoft, made a grandstanding announcement that it was committed to protecting the natural forests of Indonesia.

    Now you may recall that last year we released the result of scientific testing that conclusively showed that Cottonsoft products contained rainforest fibre. And needless to say, yesterday Cottonsoft issued a statement welcoming "a raft of new sustainability measures by its Indonesia-based supplier Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP)" which includes "a commitment to suspend the clearing of natural forest on its own pulpwood concessions in Indonesia".

    Two very interesting things struck me about this. Firstly, there's nothing new about this statement. Back in 2006, Asia Pap... Read more >

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