- #1627279TedEMemberMember since: May 6, 2006
Replies: 2245TedE June 24, 2017 at 3:12 pm
I’m concerned for the future of our grandchildren. They don’t seem to be able to mobilize their peers into taking an interest in this topic and getting the Government to take firm action on reducing our carbon emissions.
A good read on this subject is: No Place to Hide by Jim Flynn.
Jim Flynn is a member of our age group and is Emeritus Professor of Politics at the University of Otago. His research and reasoning is very easily understood and conclusions worth thinking about.
I’m hoe that his proposal for immediate action would help buy the time needed to act before we reach teh point of no return.
I’m in favour of introduction of a carbon tax now. No further playing around with cap and trade as that is going to end up as another gaming exercise like the Stock Exchange. The income for the tax to be used to help those low income families adversely affected by the imposition of the tax.
The US is a quandary as they are one of the nations with the largest per capita foot print and yet they seem to be hell bent on exporting their carbon fuels as fast as they find them and not at all concerned for the future of their citizens or the human race. Their are a lot of concerned US citizens; if you look at the Pacific North west as an example of how hard they are fighting the contamination of their environment (it reminds me of the Fracking in Taranaki and the US Pipeline saga):
TedE - Papakura -#1627770lilith7MemberMember since: April 9, 2017
Replies: 2004lilith7 June 27, 2017 at 10:54 am
There’s quite a good article in The listener,A bit rich,about environment scientist Eric Rockstrom I think his name is. According to him Trump may turn out to be a very good thing,because his foolish actions are likely to have the effect of people taking a stand against them;’it seems that already,some US businesses have put up signs proclaiming that they’re going to hold to the prior targets against climate change.
And I just caught a snippet on the news of Jane Goodall on the same subject,saying that we’re stealing the future from our children. She’s not wrong.#1627777drlivingstone June 27, 2017 at 11:21 am
And first of its kind case as student has taken the Government to Court over climate change eh? Sarah Thomson a 26 year old student from Hamilton is seeking a judicial review of the Governments position on climate change.She says she wants the Government to take climate change seriously.Sarah has presented her case against Paula Bennett Climate Change Minister for her perceived failure to set emissions targets that reflect the science of climate change.She has experienced litigators taking her case.This is a FIRST for New Zealand.
Peoples Republic Of Christchurch#1627981lilith7MemberMember since: April 9, 2017
Replies: 2004lilith7 June 28, 2017 at 10:59 am
Yes,that’s very interesting & will be extremely interesting to see the results of this. Already she’s being rubbished by some on the right so they’re obviously not happy about this & no doubt some will be scanning the net – & elsewhere – in search of anything disparaging about her.
The tactics seem to be ignore the what & the why & just settle for discrediting anyone who sticks their head above the parapet. 🙄
Imagine how much better our world might be,if all politicians used the energy they put into attacking each other’s party,to work together for the benefit of Kiwis,& in this instance,the world.#1628423Digmen12MemberMember since: March 6, 2014
Replies: 7Digmen12 June 30, 2017 at 9:05 am
The “man-made global warming” elites, seem to forget two things.
That very soon, solar power and battery cars will be taking over the world.
Solar Power (and wind) is becoming cheaper than coal fired at a very fast rate.
So the incentive to build coal powered stations will disappear.
Battery powered cars are also very fast becoming cheaper to make than petrol cars. In a few years time they will retail for less than petrol cars. In my opinion that will start a huge swing to electric cars, at least for most of us that just use our cars to shop around town.
These two methods will hugely reduce carbon emmisions.#1628650drlivingstone July 1, 2017 at 12:18 pm
Great to read about the Young Nats endorsing the Zero Carbon Act .Time overdue to replace tired old Parliamentary Party, with these level headed gals and guyseh?
The Zero Carbon Act is an idea for a powerful new law to get our country on the right track. It is based on a proven concept the UKs 2008 Climate Change Act.The UK Act has cross party support and has been adopted in several other countries
Peoples Republic Of Christchurch#1628657don021MemberMember since: May 15, 2012
Replies: 1722don021 July 1, 2017 at 12:49 pm
lilith7 you state what I have long complained about, everyone elected to parliament is put there by residents to ruls the country, to advance good government, yet ALL opposition members spend their time opposing progress. It is long past time we got rid of party politics and adopted the same format used to elect Local Body members to Council. Good luck to Sarah Thomson.#1628661drlivingstone July 1, 2017 at 1:21 pm
don021, All power to Sarah Thomson!
And you think local government is not political.?(Tui Ad eh) 😀
And holding politicians of ALL parties to account for decisions which may not be progress is democracy in action.Cheers 😀
Peoples Republic Of Christchurch#1628672don021MemberMember since: May 15, 2012
Replies: 1722don021 July 1, 2017 at 5:10 pm
Local government may at times be political, simply because we have this ridiculous system of parties.#1628692drlivingstone July 1, 2017 at 8:36 pm
So Why do you think The Government Stole Democracy in Canterbury at a Local government level and replaced elected councillors with commissioners? Democracy was stolen !ECAN needs to be returned to be a fully functioning democratic council. Did Todd Barclays vote carry the day there too?
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