Sunday, September 09, 2007

New Zealand Alone on Nuke Policy

In a neat and comprehensive sidestep New Zealand has been taken out of the frame on leading Climate Change Policy at APEC. New Zealand's extra-ordinary head in the sand attitude to nuclear power and its potential to reduce global green house gas emissions is rooted right home to Clark.

Her intransigence has meant the two so called Climate Change Deniers _ Howard and Bush are now in the van on leading Climate Change policy.

Rooster one day Helen, feather duster the next. Too clever with domestic politics and you now look emasculated. (I think it was possible).

See here, and here, here and here to see how far out of favour her position is.
Clark is a Business Value Destroyer

Seems any majority Government owned organisation Clark interferes with ends up commercially worse off.

Air New Zealand - went bust after Clark wouldn't allow Singapore Airlines to take a significant shareholding. Air NZ has lost millions in revenue as a result of Clark's spat with the Aussies.

TVNZ - News today Clark interferes with salary negotiations is costing the company in key staff turnover.

She should KTF out of commercial matters.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

The Three Tenors

Having seen each of the Three tenors live this is my tribute to each on the eve of Pavarotti's passing.

Nessun Dorma - Puccini Turandot
Pavarotti è morto

The celebrated Italian Tenor Luciano Pavarotti has died at his home in Modena.

The world is better place for the talent he was. The world will miss a true entertainer and someone who brought Opera to the masses.

Here is the Master - live in Paris 1998 singing his signature aria - Nessun Dorma from Puccini's Turandot

Fortunately I got to see him live. RIP

NZ Rejects Again Nuclear Energy

News out of Sydney is that Australia and the US are pushing nuclear energy as the way of the future and an absolute guarantee of energy production without carboniferous emissions. This is an eminently sensible policy and strategy and has the support of none other than James Lovelock the UK's celebrated greenie and originator of the Gaia hypothesis. His account is here.

New Zealand's political leadership has rejected again the nuclear option. We're not budging says Winston Peters.

What inhabits these people's minds? Perhaps we should quote from Lovelock himself:

"Opposition to nuclear energy is based on irrational fear fed by Hollywood-style fiction, the Green lobbies and the media"

These fears are unjustified, and nuclear energy from its start in 1952 has proved to be the safest of all energy sources. We must stop fretting over the minute statistical risks of cancer from chemicals or radiation. Nearly one third of us will die of cancer anyway, mainly because we breathe air laden with that all pervasive carcinogen, oxygen."

Readers will recall I have blogged on the nuclear option before. Recall again my advocacy for exploring advanced technology including the Pebble Bed Reactor being developed in South Africa and in China under license to German developed technology.

Minister for Disarmament Phil Goff says Nuclear power causes environmental concerns. Is the fact it was NZ's Disarmament Minister commenting proof the unreformed peaceniks at the top of the Labour tree still confuse nuclear power with nuclear weapons, 40 years after they first marched up Queen Street?

These people really need to get out more.

All first world economies are embracing nuclear power as a solution to power demand and the desire to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. New Zealand is alone in rejecting the option. Talk of embracing sustainable options is fallacious. We won't allow any more dams, wind power is hard to get going with nimby concerns and anyway it is ineffective when needed (demand curve seldom meets the windy day curve).

We are facing future energy shortages and Labour cannot get over their ideology.

Remember China kills about 4,000 coal miners a year - the nuclear power industry has killed no -one since Chernobyl. No options are risk free.