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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.

  • ZAR LILLEYAt the weekend, large parts of the country’s biggest city and financial capital were thrown in to darkness following a power cut. It took the best part of three days to restore power to our homes and businesses and cost the regional economy tens of millions.

    The outage was so significant that the government has launched an investigation with energy and resources Minister Simon Bridges declaring that it is necessary to give “the public confidence that risks to power supply are being adequately managed” and may result in policy changes.

    And this begs some serious questions about how we can improve our current, old energy system.

    This is not the first time this year that the northern part of the country has been affected by power cuts. Back in June, powerful storms from an extreme weather e... Read more >

  • Everyone’s a winner, except the fossil fuel industry

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - September 17, 2014 at 16:46

    Overnight, while most of us were sleeping (and some of us were trying to soothe a teething baby) two new reports were released. One fills me with hope and the other with dismay.

    The first, a new report "Better Growth, Better Climate" was released in New York.

    Penned by some of the biggest names in finance and economics, such as Sir Nicholas Stern and backed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, it shows (like our Future is Here report did here in NZ) that job creation, economic well-being and climate action can go hand in hand. And needless to say it is very solid stuff.

    The second is from those powerhouse number crunchers at Ernst and Young. They released the tongue twisting "Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index" report which shows that NZ has dropped out of the top 40 places to inv... Read more >

  • #SafeSource NZ - A secure way to share the truth

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - September 15, 2014 at 11:35

    SafeSource by GreenpeaceDirty politics and a dirty environment go hand in hand. Our country’s future as a fairer, cleaner, more prosperous place is being threatened by backroom deals, corporate cronyism and a lack of transparency.

    To enable you or someone you know to provide information that will expose shady corporate practices and lobbyists, put the spotlight on polluting industry practice or help hold our elected leaders to account we have set up Safesource.

    Safesource is a secure and encrypted way for people to blow the whistle anonymously and help us clean up our politics and our environment.

    Greenpeace is concerned that big business's agenda to extract profit from the land and sea is being put ahead of the well-being and rights of communities and their natural environment. Bad behaviour and secret deals a... Read more >

  • Image by NeetfluxOver the weekend, the National party had their annual get together in Wellington. We popped along too, with our polar bear, to find out whether action on climate change was part of their agenda. From what we can gather from the muted and confused responses (video coming soon) of those attending, including Ministers, the most important economic and environmental issue that faces our country was absent from the Government’s mind.

    And the only major announcement to come from this meeting might hint at why.

    The Government has announced that as part of what even the Road Transport Forum is calling an “election year lolly scramble”, it is going to use the money raised from the controversial sale of New Zealanders’ energy assets to upgrade regional roads. John Key announced that should National ... Read more >

  • If you go down to the concrete jungle today, you’re sure to get a surprise. If you’re in town to cut some deals, you’ll never believe your eyes.

    For there’s a bear who shouldn’t be there. Because she’s losing her home in the Arctic.

    Yesterday the government delivered a Budget with a deficit in ambition. It completely failed to back our clean energy innovators. Today, at Skycity in Auckland, the Prime Minister met with a bunch of business executives. And no doubt there was some back-slapping and high fives all round.

    Pastries, cheese scrolls and sausages on sticks were scoffed as John Key wandered around shaking hands. Maybe the National party coffers might even see a little boost too from the assembled suits.

     

    But the polar bear was also trying to get into the room to remi...

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