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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.

  • Whistling in the dark

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - May 26, 2015 at 15:49

    The government’s deep sea oil programme is failing. There I said it. Like other polluting businesses around the world, the deep sea oil industry has been stunned by the seismic shift in investor support for clean power.

    Shareholders, pension funds and financial powerhouses are all looking to a future where pollution is taken out of our economy and our homes and businesses are powered by cleaner, safer sources of energy. And it’s starting to hurt the oil industry.

    At recent meetings, top executives from Shell, Statoil and Chevron were rocked by the level of discontent raised by shareholders, who felt they faced huge financial risk due to their company’s lack of plan to deal with climate change.

    As a result, proposals were tabled requiring the companies to disclose just how much their busi... Read more >

  • The bean counters at the Treasury have warned government that failing to reduce pollution in New Zealand could cost the taxpayer an eye watering, economy wrecking $52 billion. And John Key’s government want to keep the public in the dark about it.

    On the eve of the Government delivering yet another broken budget and a seventh consecutive overspend, one of John Key’s ministers yesterday said Treasury should keep the true cost of climate pollution from the public.

    When asked about this figure in Parliament, the reply from Tim Groser was “what Treasury got wrong was that it did not use sufficiently sophisticated software to conceal the redacted information”. In other words, don’t front it to the public.

    The Government is currently running a hurried consultation on what pollution reduction t... Read more >

  • With the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris at the end of the year, the government has opened a short public consultation on what target New Zealand should set to reduce its climate pollution.

    But it's a sham. Targets without a plan of action are meaningless, and guess what? New Zealand doesn’t have a plan. As things stand, our climate pollution will continue to spiral out of control.

    We need an action plan that we can stick to. In the same way the All Blacks focus on winning by training hard, maintaining a healthy diet and living well, New Zealand needs to kick it’s dirty fossil fuel habit and get in shape for a cleaner, brighter future.  

    The thing with the targets this government seems to like so much is that they happen in the future and can be missed.

    They’re a grand distrac... Read more >

  • Today, the Labour party are calling upon the Environment Minister, Nick Smith, to come clean on his plans to take away our right to protect our play areas, the forests we tramp in and the rivers we fish in.

    The Government has long planned to take the hatchet to the environmental gold standard that is the Resource Management Act (RMA) and roll back our environmental safeguards to make way for more intensive and polluting dairying and fracking.

    And they currently want to keep their plans behind closed doors and away from New Zealanders.

    Kauri tree

    Only recently we saw how the government’s efforts to weaken the RMA would have seen the destruction of a 500 year old kauri tree to make way for a driveway. It was a ludicrous decision that was overturned thanks to a massive public outcry and the Titirang... Read more >

  • Last week, a new joint report crafted by the pointy-headed people at Bloomberg and the United Nations has declared that the uptake in clean energy globally has reached 'industrial' scale. Power sources like solar and wind are now more affordable than fossil fuels as investors around the world shift their money away from polluting energies like coal and oil.

    And much of this is happening in the developing world, which is hugely significant because, until now, a long held assumption has been that much of the economic growth in these regions would be heavily reliant on polluting energies.

    This report is not an isolated case either: Almost on a weekly basis more and more leading authorities are confirming that action on climate change is not only necessary but it is already happening. Only la... Read more >

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