Thursday, January 19, 2017

Mole News

Taranaki iwi Ngāti Maru begins Crown settlement process
Sir Maui Pomare was the last Crown Minister to be hosted on Te Upoko o Te Whenua marae and the Treaty Minister Chris Finlayson's first interaction with Ngāti Maru today in Taranaki symbolises the initial steps towards a treaty settlement package.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

GWPF Newsletter: Trump Meets With Princeton Physicist Who Says CO2 Is Good For Us

William Happer: The Truth About Greenhouse Gases

In this newsletter:

1) Trump Meets With Princeton Physicist Who Says CO2 Is Good For Us
The Washington Post, 13 January 2017
2) William Happer: The Truth About Greenhouse Gases
Global Warming Policy Foundation

Monday, January 16, 2017

Lindsay Perigo: 2, 4, 6, 8 - Incinerate the Nanny State!

"How far can you oppress somebody?"
That's the fork-tongued question posed by an academic who used to support the punitive taxes imposed by the New Zealand government on tobacco, but is now wracked with qualms in the wake of the latest hike that will raise the cost of cigarettes to over $20 a packet.

Gerry Eckhoff: Trust

I’m not sure why a Christmas message on forgiveness and the negative impacts of anger from columnist Colin James is deemed by him to be more relevant during the festive season than any other time of the year. James writes of the need for trust and even forgiveness of gross harm as the way out of the depressive emotion of anger.  He (James) implies that only through learning to trust again and by being willing to rely on the actions of others and their institutions can society change for the better. 

I suspect very few today would agree with James of the need to perpetuate a failing system based on delegated authority. What however was entirely correct and even more relevant was the response to his article from Gil Elliot - (Otago Daily Times January 6 ) -  father of murder victim Sophie Elliot.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

GWPF Newsletter: California Is Singing In The Rain, Climate Alarmists Make Fools Of Themselves

Heavy Rain And Snow End California’s 5-Year Drought

In this newsletter:

1) Heavy Rain And Snow End California’s 5-Year Drought
USA Today, 13 January 2017

2) California Is Singing In The Rain, Climate Alarmists Make Fools Of Themselves
Global Warming Policy Forum, 13 January 2017

Nicholas Kerr: Obama - The Great Disappointment

Every American ought to have had high hopes for Barack Obama’s presidency. An unsuccessful administration is bad for the country and, given America’s global status, it’s bad for the world too. That’s not to say you should have supported his entire agenda. Rather, as with Bill Clinton, you might have hoped the realities of governing would set in and to succeed he’d be forced to adjust accordingly.

The sad reality, though, is that whether you supported Obama’s policies or not, you’re justified in being disappointed with the results of his presidency.

Friday, January 13, 2017

GWPF Newsletter: The End Of Germany’s Energiewende?

Rex Tillerson Says Climate Science 'Inconclusive'

In this newsletter:

1) The End Of Germany’s Energiewende?
Energy Post, 10 January 2017

2) German Government Considers Fixed Licence Fee To Finance Green Energy  Subsidies
Bizz Energy, 8 January 2017

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Kevin Donnelly: Canadians can learn from Australia about advantages of choice

Canada’s Fraser Institute is investigating the world’s education systems to identify and analyse the qualities and characteristics that can be used to strengthen and improve the nation’s province-based education systems.

As Australia and Canada are both federal systems with two levels of government, it makes sense to look at Australia and learn from our experience, especially given the similarities in our history, economy and the multicultural nature of our societies.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

GWPF Newsletter: El Niño Does Not Mean The End Of The ‘Pause’

‘Knives Sticking Out Of My Back’: Judith Curry On Why She Left Academia

In this newsletter:

1) David Whitehouse: El Nino Warming Does Not Mean The End Of The ‘Pause’
The Spectator, 6 January 2016
2) Global Losses From Weather-Related Disasters Is Sharply Declining
The Daily Caller, 4 January 2016

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Ross McKitrick: Ontario electricity has never been cheaper, but bills have never been higher

The more the wind blows, the bigger the losses and the higher the hit to consumers.

You may be surprised to learn that electricity is now cheaper to generate in Ontario than it has been for decades. The wholesale price, called the Hourly Ontario Electricity Price or HOEP, used to bounce around between five and eight cents per kilowatt hour (kWh), but over the last decade, thanks in large part to the shale gas revolution, it has trended down to below three cents, and on a typical day is now as low as two cents per kWh. Good news, right?

Friday, January 6, 2017

GWPF Newsletter: Death Of Global Temperature ‘Pause’ Greatly Exaggerated

2016 Not Statistically Warmer Than 1998, Satellites Data Shows

In this newsletter:

1) Death Of Global Temperature ‘Pause’ Greatly Exaggerated
The GWPF Observatory, 5 January 2016
2) 2016 Not Statistically Warmer Than 1998, Satellites Data Shows
Dr Roy Spencer, 3 January 2017

Graeme Edgeler: Three Strikes five years on - now with accurate numbers!

A month ago, I retracted a piece I wrote in 2015 looking at the first five years of the three strikes sentencing regime for serious violent crime, attempting to see how the first five years after three strikes compared to the five years before three strikes.

As detailed in that retraction, the comparisons I then made were invalid. The two sets of data I was comparing were not comparable. I now have this data, following contact by the Ministry of Justice after my retraction (and Nikki Macdonald’s excellent work in the Dominion Post) was published, and the Ministry apologised for falling short of the high standard they set for themselves, and offered to provide comparable data if I still wanted it.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

GWPF Newsletter: Fossil Fuels Will Provide Nearly 80% Of The World’s Energy Demand In 2040

Exxon’s 2040 Outlook: Fossil Fuels Aren’t Going Anywhere

In this newsletter:

1) Fossil Fuels Will Provide Nearly 80% Of World’s Energy In 2040, Exxon Projects
Kallanish Energy news, 3 January 2016
2) Exxon’s 2040 Outlook: Fossil Fuels Aren’t Going Anywhere
OilPrice, 30 December 2016

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Mike Butler: Poles apart on Waikato conflict

Two books published recently on the armed conflict in Waikato from 1863 to 1864 are poles apart in their viewpoint, with one trying to analyse events within the context of their time and the other seeking to reconcile you and I with “terrible” events that took place close to where we live.

The Kingite Rebellion by John Robinson looks at the “complex and messy way” in which settler and Maori culture collided from 1800 through the 1860s wars. Robinson views the emergence of the Kingitanga as a response to excessive caution by the British government which left Maori communities alone when many Maori were calling for governance, law and order.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Barend Vlaardingerbroek: Ode to the Methuselah generation

Happy New Year! And may you enjoy many more. 

Many of us should, for the average life expectancy in many of the more developed Western countries (including NZ) has now exceeded 80. So most of us can now expect to outlive Methuselah.

But Methuselah lived to a thousand, or so some claim. 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Karl du Fresne: One of those years when the world changed

There have been a few momentous years in my lifetime. I don’t mean for me personally, although obviously there have been those too.

I’m referring to years when you got a sense that history had suddenly lurched in a different direction; that a new era was starting which would be significantly different from the previous one.

Matt Ridley: Free movement of genius was crucial to Europe’s prosperity

The Italian referendum and close-shave Austrian election are symptoms of a continent that may be teetering on the brink of political disintegration. It’s just possible that an empire may be collapsing before our eyes, as the Habsburg and Ottoman empires did before it, in or around the same neighbourhood.

With the rise of nationalist parties in Italy, Austria, Hungary, Poland, the Netherlands, France, Germany and Britain, the possibility that the Brussels union has fomented, rather than suppressed, nationalism can no longer be dismissed.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

GWPF Newsletter: Sceptical Climate Scientists Coming In From the Cold

Climate Science And The Illusion Of Knowledge

In this newsletter:

1) Sceptical Climate Scientists Coming In From the Cold
RealClearInvestigations, 30 December 2016

2) Republican Attorneys General Eager To Dismantle Obama’s Climate Agenda
The Washington Times, 26 December 2016

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Karl du Fresne: All this cultural appropriation must stop

A couple of weeks ago, I took part in a flagrant act of cultural appropriation. So did several thousand other people.

We watched a Christmas parade. Santa Claus was in it, complete with mock reindeer. Most of the floats were decorated with Christmas symbols: fake snow, tinsel, stuff like that. A brass band played traditional English carols. 

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Muriel Newman: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

On behalf of the New Zealand Centre for Political Research we would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year! 

Thank you so much for your interest during the year and for the contribution you have made to the debate -  and best wishes for 2017.