Climate Issues by Rich Seager


I'm not you ally, Daniel. Never will be, never have been. You're a dullard. I don't need proof of this via one of your moronic videos.

Are we allies, “Ben” & Jenny? Maybe, but you'll need to wake up. I'm not your ally because this is our fight, not yours. If it's going to be Lesbian versus Capital then we don't need to think very long on who's going to win that one.

United we stand, divided we fall (not you Daniel).


This is for you dullard, is that you too Daniel? I don't care.

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Subtitle: NZGBC fudges road map via emissions offsets and challenges James Shaw for title of NZ greenwashing king

A critique.

p.4 “The World Green Building Council defines a net zero carbon building as one that is “highly energy efficient with all remaining energy from on-site and/ or off-site renewable sources”. NZGBC has taken this definition one stage further. In the case of new buildings,we think the carbon emitted during construction should also be included in the calculations.””

This sounds good as although I'm told that it's 50/50 between build and use as far as emissions go this of course would be highly variable. So most of the CO2 emissions are probably in the building phase in NZ as energy use after build is mostly renewable due to the high hydro component. The caveat here though is that hydro's share continues to decrease and the current rather useless Green Party thinks burning stuff “as long as it's not coal” is fine but of course that's not the case.

p.4 still
“offset any unavoidable emissions”

Gee that didn't take long to run off track. This is a cheats way of avoiding emissions being calculated as part of the build.

“As noted above, in future, new buildings will have to measure, manage and offset construction emissions in addition to operational emissions if they want to meet the requirement .”

Not good at all. They should move away from concrete and steel instead of trying to 'offset' it. Offsetting is a corporate con.

p.8 This part of the document is expecting industry to make its own rules, not looking for laws to enforce that which anyway need to be supported by wider community to work but in this case I think that they are.

p.11 Argosy's buildings look like concrete, steel and glass structures in that photo. Seriously not emissions neutral.

p.12 “If New Zealand is to achieve its net zero ambitions by 2050, these fossil fuel boilers will need to be replaced with low or zero carbon heat sources, such as heat pumps, wood stoves and wood- fired boilers. “

Seriously NOT zero emissions. Just because you put wood in your burner instead of coal doesn't make you “net zero”. In fact in my view it's worse as not only are the CO2 emissions pretty much the same but there's not enough trees to burn and if you do burn them all well we're fucked. To replace all oil, gas & coal in the US for example would require burning every tree in the United States every year (source Michael Moore's movie). Instead of burning the trees we should build with them, there is lots of wood technology about to help in the build of multilevel wood structures these days. And doing so stores the CO2 instead of releasing it to the atmosphere.

This shit policy (“let's burn wood instead”) is very similar to the NZ Greens under (the corporate sponsored) James Shaw.

p. 13 “Timber is grown from the process of photosynthesis, absorbing carbon dioxide (CO2) and water and transforming them into sugars and oxygen. The weight of timber is roughly half sequestered carbon. Even when processing is taken into account, timber is usually a negative emissions product and, therefore it will have a negative global warming potential value; this is very positive!”

Agree with this but the way that this is stated makes me wonder if they're dismissive of it in reality. I'd go further though, if there's no or fewer emissions in your processing of the wood (i.e. saws driven by hydro power, chainsaws are electric, trucks that remove logs are electric, drying the wood is powered by hydro) then using logs, or a little less so processed timber, is VERY good for the environment due to the captured CO2 stored in the timber. As long as the trees are replanted of course.

The claim to it having “negative global warming potential” is therefore a little bogus as well. Yes if the stand of timber is replanted after harvesting but no if it is not (imagine every tree on earth being used for housing, are there now any trees left to remove CO2 from atmosphere?).

p.17 Samson looks like they're giving a token response to removing CO2 emissions from buildings, there's no substance to the brief outline of their business.

p.18 Restricting peak level demand is something that citizens need to be a part of. There's no mention of them here. Only building and electricity industries are considered as participants in such a discussion. Will limits on peak level demand be imposed on citizens by these groups to assuage their lack of adherence to making their buildings genuinely CO2 neutral?

p.21 I think Fiona Short, the sustainability spokesperson for Warren and Mahoney, is genuine (I could be wrong, very easy these days) but once again I don't think the company is doing enough. The photos show concrete, steel, glass buildings.

p.22 Airports reducing emissions in buildings is a joke. Maybe they should get rid of their planes, as this is the largest single contributer to CO2 emissions that an individual can impose on the biosphere.

p.24 onwards nothing there of any substance whatsoever.

Document available here;

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Subtitle: do as I say not as I do

The two Green co-leaders, Marama Davidson (pointing in the photo) and James Shaw (the only male* in the photo) fly into New Plymouth to talk to Taranaki principals who are understandably livid about the 11.7 million dollars granted to the Green School con. So do they drive in their electric car from Wellington (4.5 hours) or from Auckland (slightly less than 4.5 hours). Not on your nelly. They fly of course which is the most unsustainable way, in regard to CO2 emissions, of getting to New Plymouth. It would also mean 30 minutes to the airport, 45 minutes at least in Departures & 20 minutes at arrivals, plus the time taken to get to the actual destination. Plus an hour in the air. Hopefully no delays. How long? Yes you guessed it, at least 4.5 hours.

Green MPs should not be allowed to fly by air in the North Island which is where they're all based. In fact a decent arrangement for the whole country should be no flights between two airports on the same island, until, or if, we have sustainable air transport.

God I hate these Greens.

Green MPs land at regional airport. Marama goes, is that Mount Taranaki, I've never been here before

.* adult human male.

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Subtitle: ka ching

Anyone that follows the following article through to its conclusion should both recognize some local parallels (i.e. the Greens & especially James Shaw) and be appalled at where the billionaires are trying to lead us. Add in some gender woo woo and in my view these same billionaires, and their cheerleaders, do indeed have some substantial consequences to face. Michael Moore's movie “Planet of the Humans” which is narrated and directed by the excellent Jeff Gibbs is well worth the watch by the way.

Green capitalism is an oxymoron.

Anyway without further ado;

And the background;

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Subtitle: Something is happening here.

More soon.

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Subtitle: Doing something useful

As a result of my studies this year on cycling infrastructure my views have become harder in relation to the ability of cycles and cars to cooperate. For example it is clear that cycles alongside trams were becoming the default transport option of Dunedinites in the first half of the 20th Century. If only that had continued. Instead the rich and their automobiles won the day and the fight was not exactly a kosher one. So in my view it's time to take up the cudgels again and the ideal would be to remove private cars from urban areas completely, with the only options being non-private mini-cars (such as the Biro, Twingo or the Citroen Ami) for those who require them due to age or health issues and delivery vehicles both operating at much reduced speed limits. For most of us the combination of Trams, trains & cycles will be much cheaper for us, much better health wise for us and much better for our democracies as it will get people talking to each other. Just being on a cycle means that you're constantly making decisions and interacting with others. The side effects, and there are papers on this topic, will be even more beneficial in defunding and deligitimising the capitalism that is leading us to fascism.

Here's the certificate for the last course that I did, thanks to George and Lior at Humankind.

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Does not make sense.

Article about such folly in today's Fairfax press (it was carried in the ODT).

Assets Vulnerable to Climate Change Related Floods

This report is based on the very conservative IPCC 5th Assessment reports from several years ago. These reports fail to take into consideration any Antarctic melt.

This Hospital is likely to have Sea Level Rise issues before it is finished. David Clarke made a big mistake here.

As a contrast here's Californian advice on such low level (i.e. metres above sea level) development.

This article was originally posted August 22nd, 2019.

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Subtitle: Greenwashing the greenwasher

Scott Hamilton, who impresses as a 'house nigger'* to the Labour Party to my eyes, tries to give legs in a recent series of tweets to a fable that the Green School is run by enlightened American capitalists trying to push a kinder capitalism. He lightly criticizes James Shaw (as Blairite) in the process but (probably deliberately) misses the meat in the sandwich. Both the Green School and Future Considerations, which was the outfit that Shaw 'worked' for when providing 'advice' to such outfits as HSBC, BP & Shell when based in London (I bet you he still spends half the year there) were raised by Big Oil. The reason that Shaw pushed for the Green School funding was because he was told to by his, and the Green Schools, oil industry funders. Shaw has never advised anybody, instead he's been trained to greenwash on behalf of the companies that Scott states are his clients.

Interesting that Scott Hamilton's father in law was involved with the Bali Green School outfit. I didn't see that one coming, Scott...

I will give James Shaw some credit too, he's not a full blown fascist like Marama Davidson, Golriz Ghahraman & Chloe Swarbrick are. He's not far away though.

But what Scott Hamilton is doing here, is greenwashing the greenwasher.

Where does that leave us? Julie Anne Genter has some oil connections too but at the moment she, as long as she dumps her 'transwomen are women' mantra and stops gaslighting the NZ electorate with it, is the Green's only currently redeemable MP. She's also the only one with any real achievements under her belt for the last three years.

.* if I may use this somewhat rude term in these so politically correct times on someone who is, as far as I know, 100% Pakeha. It's a somewhat rude way of saying that Scott is an in-house historian.

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subtitle: Summer camps masquerading as schools, oil companies, greenwashing Green Party leaders and Panama Papers mentions.

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Until recently the Green Party have had a remarkably easy run to the coming election despite being at the forefront of some very contentious issues such as transgender claims on women's spaces and the coming referendum on the legality, or not, of cannabis. There's also the almost uncommented on shifting aside of Gareth Hughes who is the Green Party's only connection to a previous environmentally focused, rather than identity politics focused, Green Party. In addition there are issues of race which the very white Green Party MPs seem peculiarly focused on making sure in the process that they throw in enough 'Kia oras' and 'e hoas' in an attempt to legitimise their distance from the (Pakeha, i.e. white) New Zealand establishment. You could also add in James Shaw's very strong connections to the oil industry via the London based & PwC raised greenwashing outfit Future Considerations which has had almost no coverage, considered obviously to be of little import by New Zealands (supposedly) fourth estate.

It's a very odd establishment newsmedia protection of the Green Party this is, a gift horse that should not have been looked in the mouth. But nobody passed this on to James Shaw so this rather odd immunity ended last week with the announcement of the Government grant of $11.7 million to the Taranaki based Green School which was by all accounts a decision promoted and pushed hard by the very same James Shaw. Taranaki is of course the epicentre of New Zealand's fossil fuel industries and addressing the need to go past fossil fuels in the (very) near future has been part of the justification of the grant put forward by both Labour party MPs and James Shaw. There is of course a connection but it's a sop to the greenwashing section of the fossil fuel industry and not, as claimed, a way out of the obscene mess that the same industry has bought the world to while creating the Earth's richest elite ever seen in the process. This same elite seem unable to see the world in anything but oil tinted glasses offering one capitalist opportunity after another.

And that's an elite where the Green School is based although the oil connections are not immediately Western as such. As well as the connections to the oil industry it is also a property development business much more so than an education business (some commentators on the Bali school page even wonder if there is an educational focus at all) and it has no genuine ecological claims whatsoever, unless you call Jetson style design fantasies ecological. It is therefore perfect for the current Green Party of New Zealand.

The first Green School was built in Bali and daily tours are conducted to the school for both those who are holidaying in Bali and those rich enough to think about being able to send their children to the school. Ridiculously the school in Bali has a roll that is well over 90% foreign. So the students undoubtedly fly in and out of Bali several times a year, a claim on the environment in CO2 emissions of aircraft that no amount of Bamboo in your school, or residential, build is going to make up for. The business case seems to be to buy some (relatively) cheap land build the school and then build a whole bunch of houses using materials such as bamboo (allegedly imported from South America for the Bali build) nearby on 1000 square metre sections. And that's exactly what has happened in Taranaki where the Green School currently sits alone in a rural area but only if you're not looking at the local council maps. Once you've seen these you will not wonder what's going on when bamboo structures start going up on all the subdivided sections (how did the Green School get around the local Taranaki rural zone regulations one wonders). It doesn't take much effort to figure out what this really is, a summer camp for aircraft addicted oil industry holiday makers with inbuilt babysitting and associated parent's accommodation. Which is about as green as your average aircraft addicted Green Party MP.

This is plainly not a school but an accommodation business built on snake oil, property snake oil, which unfortunately has quite a recent pedigree in New Zealand. So who is involved in the Green School? In New Zealand the Green School has been promoted and, until recently, funded (one assumes) by the Perretts, Michael & Rachel. Michael sold his air conditioning business a few years ago which by their own account has given them quite a lot of money to play with. But it would be remiss to forget that their business partners are in the oil industry not exactly an industry short of capital. Anyway there is a youtube video online, 'Rethining Education' (sic) where the couple are interviewed for 30 (long) minutes about this school. On ecological issues they make not one statement and they show no understanding of the current climate crisis that we are starting to endure. The interview is instead full of the sort of terminology that you'd expect to hear from evangelical preachers and they constantly refer to their notes for their key points.

It is interesting too that the Green School in New Zealand shares its IP with two other domains, one of which is a local website which focuses on big gas guzzling American Cars ( and the other ( which was registered in 2018 for those of a conspirational bent) which resolves to a log-in page at the local New Plymouth Boys High School. Obviously neither of these facts are appropriate for such an enterprise and just as obviously someone at the New Plymouth Boys High School has some questions to answer. But also quite obviously the original Green School in Bali is not of the Perretts' making so a trip to the company register in New Zealand is where you go to seek insight at who started what looks to be a franchise (other 'schools' being opened recently in South Africa and Mexico in areas where gas & oil production is also quite evident). And here we find a person called Salman Ahmad Mannan in the shareholdings (alongside the Perretts) of Green School Farms Limited.

And this brings us to our conclusion although there are other connections but that's for a Ted talk at some later time in the future, Ms Klein. Salman Ahmad Mannan (probably also known by a few other names) is a partner of MarcWhittaker Capital Limited and has also been a partner in Deloitte both based in Singapore. His main work seems to be with the Oil industry including Shell. Green Schools International is also supposed to be a Singapore based company but the Singapore registry indicates that it is actually a Non-registered entity which probably means that it is actually registered in a tax avoiding jurisdiction. Salman Ahmad Mannan has form here as he manages to get a mention in the Panama Papers (Laveco Ltd & Kiraly Enterprises Limited) of a few years ago, being a client of Mossack Fonseca and being associated with various companies, mostly now struck off due to non-payment of registration fees, in the Virgin Islands. Future Considerations, James Shaw's greenwashing agency, is also in this type of jurisdiction. The 'accountants' listed on their website in the late 2000s were Nigerian scammers. In fact as already mentioned Future Considerations is basically a scammer. Nigeria of course produces a lot of oil, as well as scammers, and oil is never far away from James Shaw. Nor it seems is scamming.

The Greenschool grant (not a loan, a grant) is a clusterfuck which due to the Green Party leader's support of, and the support from Chris Hipkins and Grant Robertson of the Labour Party should end the Jacinda Ardern Government. James Shaw could possibly resolve this by resigning. Marama Davidson would ideally go at the same time. But the Green Party has no back-up, the MPs down the list are no better.

Where does that leave us? Nowhere good and certainly not addressing climate change, which is rather ironic. But the Green Party is not currently about climate change so a clean out would give it an opportunity to change its focus back to where it should be. The alternative which we have now, and not to put too fine a point on it, is a fossil fueled fascism.

Links for the proof of all the claims in this article shall be added later. Regarding the stupidity and arrogance of Grant Robertson, Chris Hipkins & James Shaw & the current Green Party's politics the evidence is all circumstantial but also fairly evident one would think.

Update 20200904: It seems likely this article is now being used as a source for the National Party & media. So I'm going to leave the links out for now as I'm not going to do your job for free guys.

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A series of slides I did on South Dunedin in 2016. I will probably keep trying to fix this so that it's more responsive.

South Dunedin is very prone to Sea Level Rise, it was built on former marsh and lagoon, a lot of the material used to fill in these geographic features were industrial waste and it's its beaches can be breached in various places. It has been a problem since the 19th Century but with Sea Level Rise now over 3mm a year it is likely that the only long-term (which may in fact be sooner than we'd like) solution is retreat.

Clare Curran will be gone soon, which is good in relation to this issue. South Dunedin needs to have a sea level rise focused M.P. so as the disruption is in as orderly fashion as possible with central government support quite obviously a necessary key component.












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