Members' Contributions

Stop Trying to Mislead Us on the ETS Dr Smith

John Boscawen MP, ACT New Zealand
Press Release 
Friday, April 16 2010.ACT Climate Change spokesperson John Boscawen today called on Climate Change Issues Minister Hon Dr Nick Smith to stop misleading the public over the costs of his Emissions Trading Scheme.


"Earlier today Nick Smith said that ‘New Zealand would face a deficit of 22 million tonnes, or $446 million without the ETS’.  This is misleading.  Unlike the very real costs that will be imposed on all New Zealanders due to the ETS from July 1, the $446 million figure is purely hypothetical," Mr Boscawen said.

Meat-the good and the good news

 Pastural Farming Climate Research newsletter- 14 April 2010

by Robin Grieve

The Herald on Sunday ran an editorial “Meat the good and bad news”

It related to the finding that our sheep meat has a lower carbon footprint than European sheep meat when sold in Europe, despite the food miles.

This was the good news.

The AgResearch analysis bears out what farmers have long been saying: that food miles are only a small part of the equation and that European and American sheepmeat production techniques have huge energy costs that farming of pasture-fed animals does not incur.


Then the bad news.

But the figures tell a darker story: 80 per cent of the carbon emissions are generated before the animals are even trucked out the farm gate.


The editorial concluded

there is no getting away from the fact that we all need to eat less meat.

Where does one start? People who call for us to eat less meat based on carbon emissions but do not make the same call for a reduction in rice consumption, which is also a significant producer of methane, have I believe questionable motives. A number of vegetarians, Paul McCartney and Dr Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the IPCC, to name a couple have been very vocal in trying to get people to eat less meat.

John Boscawen - Speech to New Zealand Grey Power Federation

Windfall Profits To Our Power Companies And Govt Because Of NZ's ETS


John Boscawen MP, ACT New Zealand
Speech to New Zealand Grey Power Federation Annual General Meeting, College House, Christchurch, Wednesday, April 14 2010.

Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you for the opportunity to address your AGM this morning.

To President Les Howard, and your executive, I sincerely appreciate your adjusting your programme to accommodate me and the very important issue of power prices and the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme.

Before turning to the ETS may I briefly acknowledge your former President, the late Graham Stairmand.  I had the pleasure of working with Graham when he joined me, on behalf of Grey Power, in my legal challenge against the previous government's Electoral Finance Bill.  In the short time I knew Graham, he struck me as a man of principle and integrity who was committed to fighting for the interests of Grey Power and its members.  I know that Graham was very concerned about electricity prices, so it is fitting that I am speaking on that subject this morning.  Graham's passing was a great loss to Grey Power and New Zealand.

Let's turn now to the Emissions Trading Scheme:

In just under three months time, on 1 July, New Zealand's ETS is to be extended across most sectors of our economy:

The ETS is deliberately intended to make energy - both electricity and petrol - more expensive and Treasury forecast its immediate impact will result in a five percent increase in the price of electricity and a four cents per litre increase in the price of petrol and double again in 2013.

At the United Nations, the Curious Career of Maurice Strong

8 February 2010


NEW YORK —  Before the United Nations can save the planet, it needs to clean up its own house. And as scandal after scandal has unfolded over the past decade, from Oil for Food to procurement fraud to peacekeeper rape, the size of that job has become stunningly clear.

But any understanding of the real efforts that job entails should begin with a look at the long and murky career of Maurice Strong, the man who may have had the most to do with what the U.N. has become today, and still sparks controversy even after he claims to have cut his ties to the world organization.

From Oil for Food to the latest scandals involving U.N. funding in North Korea, Maurice Strong appears as a shadowy and often critically important figure.

An Open Letter from Scientists in the United States on the IPCC.....


An Open Letter from Scientists in the United States on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Errors Contained in the Fourth Assessment Report: Climate Change 2007

[Note: Over 250 scientists have already signed this open letter and signatures are still being collected. For a full list of signers please 

visit this page. On March 13, 2010, the letter was sent to federal agencies. The vast majority of the signers are climate change scientists who work at leading U.S. universities and institutions. They include both IPCC and non-IPCC authors. Additional signers include professionals from related disciplines, including physical, biological and social scientists.  If you are a scientist wishing to sign the letter, please fill out the form on the this page. If you have any questions, please contact the letter's authors, contact information is below.]

TIA Daily- Garbage In, Gospel Out March 30, 2010

Top News Stories

Commentary by Robert Tracinski

1. Runaway Congressional Majority

The passage of the health care bill has broken the dam, and we can now expect a new flood of attacks on our liberty. The Democrats have discovered that they have the raw power to pass legislation by virtue of the sheer size of the majority that American voters foolishly gave them. And I think they already realize that they're going to lose that majority in November—so they'd better ram through statist legislation while they still can.

Thus, newspapers are reporting that passing legislation with no Republican votes is the new model for how our runaway congressional majority will operate, and that the Obama administration is adopting a more "confrontational" approach.

Can’t see the Grass for the Trees?- Carbon Sense

The Carbon Sense Coalition today called on the Australian Parliament to repeal the vegetation clearing bans before Australia’s productive grasslands are lost to woody weeds.

The Chairman of “Carbon Sense”, Mr Viv Forbes, said that the Kyoto bans were introduced deviously by state governments acting as stooges for the federal government to deprive landowners of potential carbon credits without paying compensation.
“Now they are creating a growing public liability as trees invade ancestral grasslands.
“Every continent in the world had vast native grasslands, often treeless, kept free of trees by lightning fires, and supporting huge populations of herbivores and their dependent predators. The treeless Prairies supported bison and antelope; the Pampas supported deer and camelids; the Veldts supported wildebeest, zebra and antelopes; and Australia’s grasslands supported kangaroos and emus. 

Grass is also Green- Carbon Sense


You may have heard of Peter Spencer, the desperate Australian farmer who went on a hunger strike to draw attention to the fact that government bans on clearing vegetation had stolen his assets and destroyed his business. Peter is just one of many Australian farm families reduced to desperation and even suicide by seizure or sterilisation of their land to satisfy the voracious green god.
The most massive injustice occurred a couple of years ago, when, as a sacrifice to the Kyoto god, the federal government conspired with state governments to ban vegetation clearing on all property, even freehold. This was done in an underhand way to allow the government to seize carbon credits from landowners without paying compensation. 

From Alan Sutherland- Katikati


On my holiday early this year, I stopped in Bulls for a light meal and coffee. The town has taken a humourous approach to marketing itself based around having fun. The Fire Station is named “Extinguish-a-bull”, the police station has a “Const-a-bull”, the medical centre is “Cure-a-bull”, the information centre is “Inform-a-bull”, there is a “Veget-a-bull” shop and so on. You can check out other labels at their website. Quite “Laugh-a-bull”. I would like to suggest one more. “Glo-bull warming” - the main topic of my editorial in the Katikati and Te Puke Fruitgrowers Association magazine.


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