Posts by Paul Campbell

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  • OnPoint: Bandwagon Hobos,

    Mathew you're right in one sense - but the Kyoto stuff works because carbon is carbon - the atoms of carbon from oil reserves are exactly the same as those from grass - it's OK to release N units of carbon over here if you have the credits from some one who fixed N units over there.

    So people growing pasture ought to be able claim credits for the carbon they are fixing (but not for example for that contained in fertiliser or feed from elsewhere).

    That all works if it's all CO2 - methane's a much worse global warmer (quick web search gives 20 times - lets just assume that number for this example) than CO2.

    So if you're fixing CO2 but releasing it as CH4 then for every unit you release you probably need to purchase 19 units of carbon credits to add to the 1 credit you got for your fixing of 1 unit of CO2

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 1958 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Bandwagon Hobos,

    Of course what we all really want to know is - "how does this relate to the price of blocks of cheese?"

    The Greens really want the dairy farmers to be spending some of their new found wealth cleaning up their environmental act - pushing them from both ends is not IMHO a smart move even if it is populist and able to get the media's attention

    (Mind you the alternative is for the Greens to be pushing the oil companies to drop their prices - I bet the seemingly hour long ad that Shell have just started running pisses them off)

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 1958 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Too Good to Be True,

    Shep: all that study really says is SMOKING is bad - what does it say about brownies? (I'd guess 'fattening' rather than cancer)

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 1958 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Too Good to Be True,

    I'll go further - I think that zero-tolerance is DANGEROUS because if we tell our kids "all drugs are evil" and they go and try a few that aren't they aren't going to believe us when we go on about the truly evil ones (like tobacco and P) - probably the best thing we can do is to keep our kid's trust and keep talking to them - not convince them we're full of shit.

    That also makes it easier to make nuanced arguments like "it's OK to drink until you're a little silly but remember it takes a while to kick in ,so stop before you have too much, because by the time you notice it will be too late and you wont have any fun" - this sort of message might not register the first time (they're teenagers they actually often have to make mistakes to learn) but it's the sort of life lesson you want them to learn and if they're still listening then the first time they don't have any fun you get to repeat it and hopefully it will sink in

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 1958 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Too Good to Be True,

    ("do you hear that IRD? I paid for that research trip to the US out of my own money .... it wasn't a holiday honest")

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 1958 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Too Good to Be True,

    well he actually claimed he was spending his own money when I saw him last night (which didn't scan to me given he's an ex-cop) - of course he didn't say how much of his own money he'd spent

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 1958 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: Good luck, Jim.,

    I've twice gotten a 'push poll' from the Nats since I came back from the US (it was quite unsophisticated and obvious in comparison to some of those I've had foisted on my in the US) - I called Katherine Rich (my local Nat MP - it was sent to me from her office) on it a couple of years ago - she feigned all knowledge claiming to not even know what a push poll was

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 1958 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Too Good to Be True,

    I was watching him on TV last night and I couldn't really figure out where he was coming from - he'd quit his job as a cop last year and is now spending his own money to do this - cops don't make that much money - it all smelled a bit fishy to me, I figure it's election year and he's a stalking horse for someone - I bet now that the govt's sort of dismissed him he'll jump into the lap of another political party

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 1958 posts Report Reply

  • Busytown: Oh, Gee,

    so while jelly-tips may not be available - but when the time comes to provide kiwi food to the kids school's international/diversity/whatever day you know what you have to do right? ........

    yup - hokey pokey - bring a camp stove make it right there in front of them ..... great chemistry experiment too .... the first year we brought it to our kids school no one would touch the beige sludge - the next year we actually had a Kiwi teacher, once he'd given his public OK we couldn't make enough

    we made it at Burning Man one year too - the Aussies we were camping with were having a 'typical Aussie BBQ' (which meant burgers with beetroot) and we felt we had to add something of our own

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 1958 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: O.G.,

    Now that you mention it Ron Mark does appear to have a certain sinister aspect .... I'm more amazed by the amazing shrinking leader of the ACT party (and why his head isn't shrinking at the same rate - it's very strange i tell you)

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 1958 posts Report Reply

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