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 »

Why is enthusiasm enough?

14 April, 2015

The Editor, The Wellingtonian

Dear Editor;

Given that there has been no cost benefit analysis done for the proposed airport runway extension, along with the silence from the Wellington City Council and the Airport about doing one, their enthusiasm for the runway extension seems to be based primarily on – their enthusiasm! Read the rest of this entry »

Submission on Draft Regional Public Transport Plan 2014

29 April, 2014

FreePost 3156 Greater Wellington Regional Council PO Box 11646 Wellington 6142

 Submitted by:

Richard Keller


Draft Regional Public Transport Plan 2014

 There are three main criteria which should be applied to the Public Transport Plan:

Any Wellington transport plan must be designed primarily around the needs of pedestrians.

  • Decreased carbon emissions as part of a larger climate change prevention and effects mediation program (decrease or eliminate fossil fuel use in public transport).
  • Increased bus and train services with a corresponding increase in investment in public transport (more person-km capacity) with funds transferred from the government’s bloated highway fund. Adopting a plan for implementing light rail should be a priority.

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