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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.

  • Way up north, in a land far, far away, a legion of seven-year-old children armed with light sabers have taken on Europe’s biggest carmaker – Volkswagen – to highlight its poor environmental record.

    Despite a carefully crafted image as a family-friendly and environmentally responsible company - an image delivered through sometimes jaw-droppingly good advertising - Volkswagen is using its huge political muscle to lobby against key environmental laws in Europe and the United States. Indeed, it is part of an influential lobby group trying to block a new carbon target that would boost the European economy and cut carbon emissions.

    For a company that seems to be at the cutting edge of car technology, with the know-how to clean up its cars and make them more fuel efficient, this is hugely out ... Read more >

  • There's more bad news that's come out Christchurch today which could set back the city's recovery. It's disappointing to learn that Designline, the bus company that invented the gas turbine hybrid and various other innovative, clean transport technologies, has gone into liquidation, which could result in the loss of hundreds of jobs.

    The Christchurch-based Kiwi company has built a global reputation for pioneering the development of cutting edge electric and hybrid buses that were transforming the public transport sectors in the US, Europe, the UAE, and Australia. Designline is the kind of company that could be part of New Zealand's transport solutions too. However, it seems that not only is it another business that’s fallen victim to the Christchurch earthquake, but that perhaps it’s failu... Read more >

  • Copyright Greenpeace/Malcolm Pullman

    As a flotilla of yachts and fishing boats sets sail for the choppy waters off the East Cape to bear witness to deepwater oil exploration, the Government’s leaked energy strategy appears to be a clarion to call t... Read more >

  • Bluegreens gave me the blues

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - February 1, 2011 at 12:30 2 comments

    This past weekend a colleague and I represented Greenpeace at the Blue-Greens conference in Akaroa. For those of you less familiar with this political group, they are the green wing of the National Party, spearheaded by the perennial Dr Nick Smith, ... Read more >

  • This week we've seen political grandstanding from both Prime Minister John Key and President Obama about choices and direction. As the two elected leaders stood before their people to outline their plans for the future, the canyon between the vision a... Read more >

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