Friday, September 20, 2019

GWPF Newsletter - New Coal Boom: Global Decarbonisation Efforts ‘Stall’

Coal Power Booming In China & South Asia

In this newsletter:

1. Global Decarbonisation Efforts ‘Stall’, Pushing Climate Goals Out Of Reach
EurActiv, 19 September 2019

2. The New Coal Boom: China Plans 200 New Coal Power Plants
Reuters, 19 September 2019 

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Breaking Views Update: Week of 15.09.19

Thursday September 19, 2019

Jacinda Ardern won't rule out Government purchasing Ihumātao after mana whenua breakthrough
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is refusing to rule out the Government purchasing Ihumātao as mana whenua urges it to enter into negotiations with Fletchers.

Since early August, the Kiingitanga has been acting as an intermediary between mana whenua with different views on what should be done with the disputed Māngere land, believed to be one of the country's earliest settlements.

GWPF Newsletter: China & India Demand $100 Billion For Climate Action On Eve Of UN Climate Summit

India's Share Of Total Global Primary Energy Demand Set To Double By 2040, Asia To Dominate World Economy

In this newsletter:

1. China And India Demand $100 Billion For Climate Action On Eve Of UN Climate Summit
Climate Home News, 18 September 2019
2. China’s New Climate Policy: Tackle Climate Change With Adaptation & Reforestation 
Reuters, 18 September 2019

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

GWPF Newsletter: Politicians Are Going Cold On Climate

Europe’s Climate Hypocrisy Exposed

In this newsletter:

1) Politicians Are Going Cold On Climate, Despite The Hype
Graham Lloyd, The Australian, 17 September 2019 
2) Europes Climate Hypocrisy Exposed
Balkan Green Energy News, 10 September 2019

Monday, September 16, 2019

Bryce Edwards: Political Roundup - Claims of a #MeTooLabour “cover-up” in the Beehive

Its increasingly looking as if the Beehive has been involved in some sort of “cover-up” of sexual assault allegations in the Labour Party. For that reason, it’s almost inevitable that further heads will roll – it’s just a question of whose.

The Prime Minister herself is under immense pressure and scrutiny over any role she might have played in an attempted cover-up. The consensus amongst political journalists and commentators seems to be that her statements about what happened are no longer credible, and her honesty and “MeToo credentials” are now being openly questioned.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Breaking Views Update: Week of 8.09.19

Saturday September 14, 2019

A hope for the history of Aotearoa
It started with the unveiling of a plaque in Parliament to commemorate the New Zealand Wars. But in front of a crowd of figureheads from iwi across the motu, the Prime Minister announced that New Zealand history will be taught in all schools and kura by 2022.

The voices of six Te Ātiawa women begin to karanga. As the sound adorns and echoes the walls of Parliament, the many faces of iwi from across the motu enter the Grand Hall preparing to make history.

Karl du Fresne: New Zealand - shining light, or breeding ground for violent extremism?

You may not have heard of the Somalian refugee Guled Mire. He was in the news last month when he appeared before a parliamentary select committee urging the government to remove what he described as a racist restriction on refugees from Africa and the Middle East.

He was referring to a policy introduced in 2009 which requires refugees from those regions to have existing family connections in New Zealand in order to be resettled here.

Speaking in support of a World Vision petition asking for the restriction to be lifted, Mire said it was an unnecessary and racist requirement that shut vulnerable people out.

Mike Hosking: Jacinda Ardern's explanations not good enough

The trouble with explaining, especially in politics, is it often leads to more questions.

The fact the Prime Minister, who is ending her worst week in office by about several country miles, decided to hold a last-minute press conference indicates just how worried they are about the sex scandal that has enveloped, not just the Labour Party, but her personally.

And that is why it has become as big as it is.

Henry Armstrong: So Farmers and Businesses “Have Nothing To Fear” According to Ardern?

When the debate on a Capital Gains Tax was in full swing, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was widely quoted as assuring farmers and small business owners that if a CGT were to be introduced, they had nothing to fear.

The productive sector and indeed most New Zealanders, quickly saw through this disingenuous claim and made their views known. The Ardern-led government quickly dropped that proposal-at least for now.

It seems the Ardern-led government learned nothing in the process.

Friday, September 13, 2019

NZCPR Weekly: Questions of Credibility

Dear NZCPR Reader,   

This week we raise questions over the Prime Minister’s credibility including over policy decisions regarding green hydrogen, freshwater regulations, and the teaching of New Zealand history in schools, our NZCPR Guest Commentator Michael Coote shares a tribute to New Zealand’s first Governor, Captain William Hobson, who died 177 years ago this week, and our poll asks whether Maori tribal groups should be involved in decision-making over the control of fresh water.

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Melanie Phillips: The staggering hypocrisy of the Remainers’ legality gambit

The hue and cry about Boris Johnson breaking the law if he refuses to request an extension to Article 50, as demanded by the law that parliament has now passed, is beyond staggering.

Yes, the prime minister should obey laws based by parliament. But what if those laws are themselves the product of an abuse of process? Don’t any Remainers care about that? (please don’t all answer at once.)

GWPF Newsletter: Anti-Carbon Tax Campaigner Wins Canadian Province Elections

Germany’s Christian Democrats Reject Carbon Tax

In this newsletter:

1) Anti-Carbon Tax Campaigner Wins Canadian Province Elections
Bloomberg, 11 September 2019

2) Canada Election Poll: Climate Change, Oil And Gas Shaping Up As Top Issues
The Catholic Register, 11 September 2019 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

GWPF Newsletter: Green Suicide

Climate Hysteria Is Killing Germany’s Car Industry

In this newsletter:

1) Green Suicide: Climate Hysteria Is Killing Germany’s Car Industry
Bloomberg, 9 September 2019

2) Renewables Threaten German Economy & Energy Supply, McKinsey Warns In New Report
Michael Shellenberger, Forbes, 5 September 2019

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Bob Edlin: In all the excitement, don’t forget that Brexit is a long game

Boris has his opponents where he wants them.  Can he now deliver a decisive blow?

In a week of see-sawing Parliamentary drama, folk are losing sight of the fact that political stability requires the UK’s European policy to be durable – that is to survive repeated popular votes.
That takes parties with an ideology that can compete for the centre ground.  In an insightful piece in the Daily Telegraph, Allister Heath details how Boris Johnson has remade his party in the space of a few months (albeit that circumstances have been much in his favour).

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Dave Hill: Climate Crisis - What crisis?

Whanganui District Council has declared a "Climate Crisis". What exactly does this mean? Most people I asked had difficulty specifying this. The dictionary defines crisis as 'emergency; disaster; calamity'.

There is acknowledgement that councillors are attempting to highlight the effects climate change 'might' have on the population. Attention is drawn to the word 'might'. The majority of the increasingly alarmist predictions give prominence to the words 'might', 'could' and 'should'.

Henry Armstrong: The Problem Of “Presentism”

In 1952 my parents sold the family home for one thousand NZ pounds or around $2000. Today that home is worth at least $500,000 so obviously they were diddled, were had, gazumped and swindled!

A Massey University lecturer in Communication (no less), “discovered” that William Massey had at some stage at least a century ago, made what this person considered, ( using presentist standards), to be “racist” comments .He demanded that the university change it’s name and expunge this dreadful person from it’s history and achievements.

Breaking Views Update: Week of 1.09.19

Saturday September 7, 2019

Disappointed': Race Relations Commissioner on Hobson's Pledge local Govt campaign
The production of an inflammatory pamphlet addressing racial separatism within local government has disappointed the race relations commissioner.

The pamphlet, designed by Hobson's Pledge, would be distributed through New Zealand in the coming days and asked voters to be wary of council candidates.

GWPF Newsletter: German Wind Lobby Demands Endangered Species Protection To Be Watered Down

German Wind Farm Expansion Threatens Species Extinction

In this newsletter:

1) German Wind Lobby Demands Endangered Species Protection To Be Watered Down
Daniel Wentzel, Die Welt, 4 September 2019
2) German Wildlife Foundation Criticises Wind Lobby Attack On Species Protection 
Pressportal, 5 September 2019

Bruce Moon: Let the Past be the Past

It is sometimes said that half the truth is worse than a lie and indeed in any formal oath, the whole truth is required.  Anything less may lead to false conclusions and inappropriate action.

So why does Dover Samuels, as reported by Radio NZ on 3rd September say “the Crown” should apologise to Maoris who had been beaten as children for speaking in Maori at school and that this “had been a deliberate policy on the part of the Crown to disempower his generation” without giving the full story?  

Barend Vlaardingerbroek: When guns become part of popular culture

Mass shootings are becoming alarmingly common news fare. The USA leads the way in terms of sheer numbers but they have been on the increase elsewhere as well.

There are complicating factors when looking at this phenomenon. For one thing, a mass shooting is only one form of mass killing. Bombs, knives, axes and motor vehicles outshine guns as the preferred means of bumping off people in various countries, and comparisons based purely on incidents of mass shootings may be misleading.

Bryce Edwards: Political Roundup - Labour’s KiwiBuild reset disaster

The Government has been widely panned over its major announcement yesterday on housing. There are a few positive takes on the “reset”, but generally it has been viewed as an embarrassing backdown at best, or at worst a sell-out of those needing the housing crisis addressed. One political journalist has even branded yesterday’s announcement as “easily the worst day politically” for the Labour-led Government so far.

This criticism isn’t just politicking from conservatives or the right. The most severe criticism has come from progressives and the left. This isn’t really surprising because – as with Jacinda Ardern’s capitulation on the capital gains tax – the announcement suggests the Government has essentially given up on bringing transformational change to the housing crisis. Many of those who might be sympathetic or supportive of the Government are those most deeply disappointed with what Housing Minister Megan Woods is now doing with KiwiBuild.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Bob Edlin: Maori demand “partnership” in new cancer agency

A modern-day interpretation of the Treaty of Waitangi – contentiously bringing “partnership” into considerations –  is encouraging Maori demands for equal representation on a new health agency.
The government has announced it will establish a national Cancer Control Agency by December as part of a 10-year strategy, which includes achieving cancer survival equity by 2030.
This triggered a Maori health leader’s insistence on equal representation within the new agency and her call for Maori to decide what this means in practice.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

NZCPR Weekly: The Tragedy of Suicide

Dear NZCPR Reader,   

This week we investigate New Zealand’s suicide tragedy, our NZCPR Guest Commentator former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson outlines the link between cannabis use, mental illness, and violent crime, and our poll asks whether you agree with former Prime Minister Helen Clark that smoking marijuana is “hugely less harmful than alcohol or tobacco”.

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Guy Steward: Changing the World or Trashing the Nation.

I was quite busy last week and wasn’t aware of the move for suggestions for a “If I Wanted New Zealand to Fail” video - see HERE

Prior to discovering it, coincidentally I had put down a few thoughts along similar lines.

Here are some that came to mind.

Firstly, bring in mind-altering thought-suppressing drugs and dope as much of the population as you can up to the eyeballs. A significant percentage would be rendered docile by the sweet-smelling weed and non-compos-mentis by meth. Much easier to control people who can’t think clearly!

Michael Coote: Event to commemorate the death anniversary of Governor William Hobson

British naval captain William Hobson (1792 - 1842) was the first and final Lieutenant Governor (30 January 1840 - 2 May 1841) of New Zealand when it was part of the British Crown colony of New South Wales. 

Thereafter he served as the first Governor (3 May 1841 - 10 September 1842) of the newly separated British Crown colony of New Zealand. 

Due to the colonial governmental transition under Hobson, New Zealand avoided becoming a state or dependency of Australia. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

GWPF Newsletter: German Ministers Who Don’t Enforce Green Policies May Face Jail Sentences

Climate Hysteria Threatens Germany's Car Industry

In this newsletter:

1) German Ministers Who Don’t Enforce Green Policies May Face Jail Sentences
AFP, 2 September 2019 
2) Climate Hysteria Threatens Germany's Car Industry
Yahoo Finance, September 2019

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Breaking Views Update: Week of 25.08.19

Saturday August 31, 2019

'Warm homes ... instead of them living out in caravans': Govt invests $2.7m in housing on Māori land

The Minister for Māori Development and Associate Minister of Housing Nanaia Mahuta made the announcement at Ranginui Pa in Welcome Bay.

Mike Hosking: No details on anyone who worked on this were leaked

So, it's time now, to mark the week. Rating the pieces of news and current events - it's as popular as still getting super when you're 65.

Big call from the Nats: 4. Is raising the super age a vote getter? No. Is it a lure for Winston, so in coalition talks next year they can give it away and make him look like the power broker? You'd be surprised how many have offered that up as a theory.

Boris: 9. If fortune favours the brave, Boris has got balls of granite. He won't die wondering and history shows people love strength in leadership. What they don't necessarily like is insanity. And this latest play has a mix of both.

The Waitangi Tribunal: 3. Starting to look increasingly deranged. No one owns water. You want to change that? It's a life time of lawyers.

Sterling Burnett: Alarmist Educators Pressure Children into Fear, Depression

No one is discussing a horrible case of mass child abuse I read about nearly every day. Among the most perverse and dangerous consequences of the “climate delusion” being hyped almost daily by the fake news mass media is the havoc it is wreaking on the health and psychological well-being of children of all ages.

As anyone who has suffered or studied spousal and child abuse knows, physical harm is not the only way people can be abused. Fear, despair, and rage instilled by words is a form of abuse that can cause just as much long-term damage as beatings, cigarette burns, or other forms of physical torture. 

NZCPR Weekly: Nature Rules

Dear NZCPR Reader,   

This week we examine the influence of nature on the climate and look into the tactics being used by climate alarmists to force their dangerous agenda onto our country, our NZCPR Guest Commentator Dr Edward Hudson shares his analysis of the Government’s Zero Carbon Bill and explains why it would be so damaging to the economy, and our poll asks whether you would like to see New Zealand First oppose the Zero Carbon Bill.

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Friday, August 30, 2019

GWPF Newsletter - NASA: Global Wildfires Drop By 25% Since 2003

Science Goes Up In Rain Forest Smoke

In this newsletter:

1) NASA: Global Wildfires Drop By 25% Since 2003
NASA Earth Observatory, August 2019

2) Science Goes Up In Rain Forest Smoke
Dr David Whitehouse, GWPF Science Editor, 28 August 2019

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Karl du Fresne: Some more thoughts on Ihumatao

I’ll say this much for Pania Newton, the leader of the Ihumatao occupation: she’s got nerve.

I don’t mean that in a complimentary way. Perhaps chutzpah, that wonderful Hebrew word meaning brazen audacity or cheek, would be a more appropriate term.

Bryce Edwards: Political Roundup - Democracy declines in media darkness

“Democracy dies in darkness.” That’s the motto of the Washington Post, and it refers to the role the news media plays in ensuring democratic political systems work.

It’s also an idea that’s been spoken about a lot in the last couple of weeks as debate heats up about the Government’s current, and potential, role in keeping the New Zealand media alive and kicking. Of course, there is hyperbole and self-interest in some of the pleas being made by journalists and company executives, but there is also no doubt the industry is in a major decline, which will have an impact on politics.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

GWPF Newsletter: False Alarm

Almost Everything You've Heard About The Amazon Fires Is Wrong

In this newsletter:

1) False Alarm: Amazon Burning Is Mostly Farms, Not Forests
Ronald Bailey, Reason, 23 August 2019
2) Why Everything They Say About The Amazon, Including That It's The "Lungs Of The World," Is Wrong
Michael Shellenberger, Forbes, 26 August 2019

Monday, August 26, 2019

Clive Bibby: Change is coming - We don't need others to tell us what it looks like!

In a recent anniversary copy of the Listener, the Editor referred to some dramatic events in this country's history that literally changed things for ever. 

My favourite included a reference to a hostile and condescending reception that the then Finance Minister, Walter Nash received in 1939 when visiting Britain to renegotiate the nation's loans. The interesting part of this story wasn't just the arrogance displayed by our political mentors but how quickly their attitude changed when, within days of Nash's return home and the subsequent joint declaration of war against Nazi Germany, the Poms agreed to buy our entire exports of meat and dairy products. The editorial goes on to say that WW2 probably saved New Zealand.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Christopher Monckton: Now They’re coming after the Roast Beef of Old England

At Harvard, there was once a University. Now that once noble campus has become a luxury asylum for the terminally feeble-minded. Walter Willett, one of the inmates (in his sadly incurable delusion he calls himself “Professor of Nutrition”), has gibbered to a well-meaning visitor from Business Insider that “eating a diet that’s especially high in red meat will be undermining the sustainability of the climate.” 

Farewell, then, to the Roast Beef of Old England. So keen are we in the Old Country on our Sunday roast (cooked rare and sliced thickish) that the French call us les rosbifs. But the “Professor” (for we must humor him by letting him think he is qualified to talk about nutrition) wants to put a stop to all that.

Melanie Phillips: Glad, confident morning for Britain’s battling Brexiteers? Er, not quite

Suddenly Brexit has become possible, coo the newspapers this morning; and suddenly, this Brexiteer’s heart stops for the umpteenth time during this national crisis. 

For what they are saying has now suddenly become possible is not Brexit — which, after all, Britain’s new prime minister, Boris Johnson, has been intoning like a stuck record will happen on October 31 even with no deal – but Brexit with a withdrawal deal with the EU.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Mike Hosking: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has become a serial thought bubbler

A disappointing week for the agenda worriers.

All those who have their lofty ideas and ideals as to how we've cocked up any given number of societal issues and have set out to amend them.

The gender pay gap, a calling card for a decent number of worriers and luvvies, turns out with new stats this week to still be a bit, well, stuck.

NZCPR Weekly: Setting New Zealand Up to Fail

Dear NZCPR Reader,   

This week we outline how the Labour-Green-New Zealand First Government has set New Zealand on a path to failure, our NZCPR Guest Commentator Frank Newman explains why the Reserve Bank’s larger than expected cut in interest rates to boost confidence is likely to do the opposite, and our poll asks whether you too feel the country is being set up to fail.

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Breaking Views Update: Week of 18.08.19

Saturday August 24, 2019

Children's Commissioner Andrew Becroft supports separate childcare system for Māori
Children's Commissioner Andrew Becroft isn't ruling out a separate childcare system for Māori outside of Oranga Tamariki.

"There's a common cry for ownership by Māori and delivery of services by Māori for Māori. I think the time has come, as a nation, for us to seriously consider that."

When pressed on what that system would look like, Becroft said he could picture working alongside a Māori Children's Commissioner.

Henry Armstrong: Retirees beware - he’s after your savings!

Hundreds of thousands of older New Zealanders, after a lifetime of saving for retirement, were astonished recently to find those savings may be under real threat. 

The Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand has made it abundantly clear that both RBNZ and Treasury are actively developing contingency plans for a negative interest regime.

GWPF Newsletter - NASA: Amazon Fires Slightly Below Average Rates

Michael Mann Loses Lawsuit Against Climate Sceptic Tim Ball

In this newsletter:

1) NASA: Amazon Fires Slightly Below Average Rates
Robert Walker, Science 2.0, 21 August 2019 

2) Michael Mann Loses Lawsuit Against Climate Sceptic Tim Ball
Anthony Watts, Watts Up With That, 22 August 2019

Friday, August 23, 2019

Bryce Edwards: Political Roundup - Simon Bridges and National go populist

Is Simon Bridges really trying to channel Donald Trump? Or is he taking his cue from Scott Morrison? Or is he looking to emulate Boris Johnson? 

Whatever the inspiration, there’s been a clear change in the National Party leaders’ political positioning and tactics in recent months that suggests he’s decided to go down a more rightwing-populist path in the search for power. 

Richard M. Ebeling: How Capitalism Could Save the World

In following the daily news events both in the United States and the rest of the world, it is easy to get lost in the detail and not step back and remind ourselves what the really important issues are. 

Under the anxiety of a possible nuclear war in Korea, actual terrorist attacks in the Middle East and by seemingly “lone wolves” in other countries, threats of trade wars, and polarizing trends in politics, the real underlying issue is, and remains, how should people live together?

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

GWPF Newsletter - False Alarm: Great Barrier Reef In Much Better Shape Than Climate Alarmists Claim

False Alarm II: Monsoon Rebound Prepares Ground For Record Harvest In India

In this newsletter:

1) False Alarm: Great Barrier Reef Is In Much Better Shape Than Climate Alarmists Claim, Australian Environment Minister Confirms
Graham Lloyd, The Australian, 14 August 2019

2) False Alarm II: Monsoon Rebound Prepares Ground For Record Harvest In India
The Economic Times of India, 17 August 2019

Bryce Edwards: Will more than a third vote in the local government elections?

The election race is on. The nominations process for local government positions has now closed, and the political campaign is officially underway. But does the public care? Will many of us even vote for any of the various mayoral or council candidates?

Going on recent experience, we shouldn’t expect many more than a third of eligible voters to actually cast a vote in local government elections this year. After all, at the last round of elections in 2016, the official turnout rate was only 42 per cent. Once you take into account the nearly ten per cent of eligible voters who don’t even enrol to vote, the turnout rate is not much more than a third of adult New Zealanders.

Is anything likely to change this year? And how can voter participation rates be increased? These are some of the big debates going on around the local government elections at the moment.