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Taranaki needs to catch up

18 April 2018

Taranaki Daily News
PO Box 444
New Plymouth 4340

Dear Editor:

New Plymouth Mayor Neil Holdom says not granting off-shore oil exploration licences was ‘a kick in the stomach’.   Why is there such surprize evident in those words?  Where has he been? Read the rest of this entry »

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Trump and the mythic status of “competition”

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

10 January, 2018

Dear Editor:

The Korean Peninsula continues to be bizarre and dangerous. (“My button is bigger than your button”.)

The best way for New Zealand to have a positive impact on the situation would be to withdraw from military cooperation with the US forces. The longer Tump is in charge, the more reasonable that is going to be seen to be. Read the rest of this entry »


Ignoring domination of fossil fuels is not ‘hopeful’.

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

17 July, 2017

Dear Editor:

Shamubeel Eaqub (9 July, World hope springs eternal) says, “… we should be mindful of the costs of growth on the environment and climate change . . .”, then ignores the most challenging aspect of that. Read the rest of this entry »


Trump is scamming us on energy technology

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

7 June, 2017

Dear Editor:

Picking up on a comment here and there from Donald Trump, and reading between the lines of some others, it is possible to see the scammer at work here. Read the rest of this entry »


George Monbiot – “lies, fearmongering, and fables”

The Editor,  The Guardian Weekly,  London

27 October, 2016

Dear Editor:

George Monbiot observes weaknesses in representational democracy (“lies, fearmongering and fables”, 14-20 Oct 2016). These have been evident in numerous situations across the years in the US and other places he points out.  Read the rest of this entry »


National Govt hypocrisy evident in Paris and Wellington

The Editor,  The Wellingtonian,  Wellington

03 December, 2015

Dear Editor:

The open hypocrisy of John Key at the climate change summit in Paris calling for the phasing out of fossil fuel subsidies coupled with his own government’s subsidies for oil exploration in New Zealand waters, alongside weak carbon reduction promises and the lack of any substantial carbon reduction programs at home, will be noticed by international delegates at the talks and will not sit well. Read the rest of this entry »


Letter to ANZ, re fossil fuel divestment

28 September, 2015

David Hisco and Jeremy Salthouse, ANZ Senior Execs

ANZ Centre

Auckland, New Zealand   1010

Dear Mr Hisco and Mr Salthouse,

To keep global warming under 2 degrees Celsius (the level that scientists agree we cannot exceed if we’re to keep within safe limits) we must leave 80% of known fossil fuel reserves in the ground. It is no exaggeration to say that the move away from fossil fuels to renewable alternatives is imperative if our children are to inherit a planet in which they can survive. Read the rest of this entry »