#GMO free but a late model car at speed pollutes less than their well-kept clunker at idle

New Zealand’s 16 flightless birds should count themselves lucky

@GarethMP is least jet-setting of the @NZGreens

Green MPs once again spent more than most MPs on air travel – oh, the carbon footprint! They spent considerably more on average than the Labour Party which has MPs all over the country including constituency MPs. There are no green constituency MPs. Gareth Hughes was the only Green MP to spend less than the Parliamentary all parties mean or median travel expenses for the last quarter. Indeed, he was the only Green MP to spend less than the Labour Party average spending for the last quarter on travel! Of the

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Source: New Zealand Parliament – Members’ Expense Disclosure from 1 January to 31 March 2016.

The irony of environmental protests

Who profits from #climatechange alarmism #COP21 and #roadtoparis

https://twitter.com/RogerAPielkeSr/status/627888796562927616/photo/1

Turbine country versus fracking country

The time when the mass kidnappings of principled anti-war activists started has been uncovered

via What’s Wrong With the U.S. Peace Movement, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty.

@oxfamnz @GreenpeaceNZ Further evidence of mass kidnappings of principled environmentalists – indoor pollution version

The killer air pollution that the Greens never mention

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Hypocritical Greens betray NZ sovereignty to US court decision but oppose investor state dispute settlement on sovereignty grounds

The Greens are happy to betray New Zealand’s sovereignty to a US court where New Zealand’s side of the story was not heard, New Zealand was not a litigant, New Zealand was not named in the proceedings and New Zealand had not agreed to waive its sovereign immunity under US law.

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The Greens on the other hand are hysterical about the prospect of New Zealand voluntarily submitting to investor state disputes settlement through an international treaty. International treaties normally are about trading in sovereignty: you give up some form of sovereignty return for something you value more.

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It is thoroughly hypocritical of the Greens to argue the New Zealand should bow down to a foreign court when that court rules in a way that it favours its ideological agenda but refuse to support the principle of international arbitration in circumstances where that may advance New Zealand’s national interests.

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At a minimum, New Zealand itself chose to give up its sovereignty if it agrees to investor state dispute settlement in a trade agreement. The decision was not imposed by a foreign court where it was not heard nor was a party.

Of particular concern to the Greens is international arbitration could "trump the public’s vote vote". New Zealand has repeatedly elected parties that support the alliance with America, and support a robust security and intelligence policy, including electronic surveillance as part of the war on terror.

The last week of the 2014 general election campaign was dominated by the Government Security Communications Bureau and its cooperation with the National Security Agency and the extent to which New Zealand security services engaged in electronic surveillance in New Zealand and abroad.

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The Greens want to subvert that democratic decision that has been repeated over many New Zealand elections about national security and foreign relations to defer to an American court when New Zealand didn’t even appear as a party.

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The US Court of appeal was deciding an issue of statutory interpretation of the Patriot Act. There was no constitutional issues at hand.

The Patriot Act expires in a month unless it is extended. Congress has ample opportunity to amend the renewed law to overturn the appeal court’s decision for the future operation of its security and intelligence laws.

The Greens want a Court of Appeal interpretation of the American Patriot Act to extend to New Zealand without a vote of the New Zealand people or the parliament having any say on whether to give up New Zealand’s sovereignty or waive sovereign immunity in American courts.

 

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More evidence of mass kidnapping of environmental activists

Why aren’t they in the streets celebrating the recovery of the ozone layer, pursuant to an international treaty negotiated by the Reagan administration that banned CFCs as soon as they were not required any longer in developed countries:

International efforts to control the gases, particularly among developed countries, began to occur in the mid-1980s as new information appeared that strengthened the link between CFCs and the deterioration of stratospheric ozone. This increased the expected benefits of international action.

At the same time, domestic political opposition began to diminish when Du Pont announced they would no longer make CFCs. A reason for Du Pont’s attitude change was that European firms had increased their share of the CFC market, and in response Du Pont had developed CFC substitutes.

Accordingly, since international controls on CFCs provided them a competitive advantage, Du Pont announced that they would no longer make CFCs and the company lobbied the U.S. Congress for international regulation.

Under the 1987 Montreal Protocol, world leaders agreed to phase out CFCs, and eventually the hole in the ozone layer stopped expanding. In 2014, a UN assessment found that the ozone layer is just now starting to heal — and should be back to its 1980 levels by 2050 or so.

Wind power is bad for the environment

The mass kidnappings of environmental activists has extended to Europe

There is no other explanation for why they are not dancing in the streets to celebrate the greening of Europe under capitalism and freedom.

How Costa Rica went 75 days without using fossil fuels for electricity

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The New Zealand Greens happily retweeted that Costa Rica had not used a drop of fossil fuels for 75 days.

My first experiences with the environmental movement was through their opposition to the building of dams in south-west Tasmania. Maybe they have rehabilitated dams as a permissible energy source?

(<a href="http://www.renenergyobservatory.org/uploads/media/Costa_Rica_Producto_1_y_2__Ing__01.pdf">Observatory of Renewable Energy in Latin America and the Caribbean</a>)

via How Costa Rica went 75 days without using fossil fuels for electricity – Vox.

It’s the Trend, Stupid

If I had a dollar for every time a climate alarmist talked about how hot this summer was or how strong that cyclone was is evidence of global warming, I’d be a rich man.

They can’t then go around saying a sample size of 17 years is too short to assess trends will show evidence of global warming when they routinely use a sample of one for their own global warming alarmism.

Russell Norman on Cyclone stream

Naturally, such is the high stakes of the never admit you’re wrong, never concede anything public political discourse of these days, if a fellow traveller oversteps the mark, you gain nothing from calling him out as someone who overstepped the mark.

Open Mind

Both NASA and NOAA report 2014 as the hottest year on record. Despite the new #1, neither the news itself nor the response to it has surprised me.

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