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No mention at all of how much money that is. Was it NZ$2 and bumped up to NZ$8?

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Peter Neil

No mention at all of how much money that is. Was it NZ$2 and bumped up to NZ$8?

Try reading the article.

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No mention at all of how much money that is. Was it NZ$2 and bumped up to NZ$8?

I'm guessing it's about $230 odd million up to around $930 odd million. Just a guess.

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How did that number get in here?

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And where, pray tell, will they get this money from? Clip it off the magic socialist money tree? Push up the tax burden on New Zealanders?

Or perhaps borrow it from China, with NZ taxpayers footing the interest bill?

Sorry to break it to you Jacinda, but virtue signalling has a high cost, even if you don't have to pay it yourself.

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Not the best time to be a tax paying New Zealander perhaps?

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"help vulnerable nations prepare for climate change"

Sounds like a lot of building new infrastructure, like flood barrier walls and relocating roads, power lines and structures. I have no issue with this, but you can but that there are some Kiwi construction companies behind this push.

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I see an unexpected correlation between harsh lockdowns and suddenly swimming in tons of money to wildly spend into utopian nothing. Astonishing.

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No mention at all of how much money that is. Was it NZ$2 and bumped up to NZ$8?

 Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Wellington would lift its climate aid budget to $930 million over four years.

Always glad to help the unlettered!

Ardern sure has her heart in the right place.

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New Zealand owns.

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First country to give the ballot to women. Fiercely protective of its citizens against the ravages of Covid. Actively helping foreign nations in need.

What's not to love?

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Sounds like a lot of building new infrastructure, like flood barrier walls and relocating roads, power lines and structures. I have no issue with this,  but you can but that there are some Kiwi construction companies behind this push.

Let's hope so. And also that they'll employ local labour.

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only a few years remaining to dramatically reduce the greenhouse gases that we put into the atmosphere.

If this guy actually believes that, we are doomed and why bother?

”We” could reduce the greenhouse gases “we” put in the atmosphere, but it’s not going to stop the Chinese from doing the opposite in the “few years remaining”.

Somehow I think a few year’s will pass and we’ll be hearing the same thing…

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It is pure narcistic virtue signalling. Whatever the Western world (not even to think of a tiny country like NZ) does can not change either fuel consumption or population growth (coupled with increasing use of energy and ressources of course).

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prionking:

Socialist money tree? If you read the article properly, you’d see that this increase makes “virtue signalling” New Zealand’s contribution equal on a per capita basis to non-socialist, no virtue whatsoever, Boris Johnson Tory-led Britain. Still, never miss a chance to bash Jacinda Arden, eh?

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BigYenToday  08:11 pm JST

prionking:

Socialist money tree? If you read the article properly, you’d see that this increase makes “virtue signalling” New Zealand’s contribution equal on a per capita basis to non-socialist, no virtue whatsoever, Boris Johnson Tory-led Britain.

Hmmm, couldn't you have picked a better example than WEF acolyte Boris "Build Back Bumbling" Johnson? He and his government are in bed with the rent-seekers, siphoning off vast sums of taxpayers' hard-earned on renewable boondoggles instead of replacing aging power stations with nukes or gas-powered generators that can provide stable baseload power 24/7. Hardly "contributions" in the true sense of the word. I wouldn't call Boris a socialist of course, more a corporatist. But the end result is essentially the same as what Ardern is doing: throwing other people's money at projects that sound and feel good but make little economic or practical sense.

Still, never miss a chance to bash Jacinda Arden, eh?

No, it helps me sleep better at night.

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"What that's left us with now is only a few years remaining to dramatically reduce the greenhouse gases that we put into the atmosphere."

The Warmist’s use scare tactics to justify spending more of the taxpayers money to be be wasted and provide nothing of value. It makes the people spending other people’s money feel good about themselves but will not do one thing to reduce the construction of fossil fuel power plants in China or India over the next nine years by which time it will be “too late to save the planet”. They all know this but instead of adapting to climate change as has been done throughout human history they virtue signal and fail to prepare for the things they actually have control over.

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If if Ardern/New Zealand's only intent with this announcement was to troll the right-wing extremists of the world by enraging them, it's worth every cent!

Keep sticking it to the extremists Ardern!

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Wolfpack

The Warmist’s use scare tactics to justify spending more of the taxpayers money to be be wasted and provide nothing of value. It makes the people spending other people’s money feel good about themselves but will not do one thing to reduce the construction of fossil fuel power plants in China or India over the next nine years by which time it will be “too late to save the planet”. They all know this but instead of adapting to climate change as has been done throughout human history they virtue signal and fail to prepare for the things they actually have control over.

Interesting to see the denialists turn into defeatists without even apologising for their mistake.

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2020hindsights:

Interesting to see the denialists turn into defeatists without even apologising for their mistake.

I’m not “denying” that the climate is changing or that humans are having an as yet imprecisely determined affect on it due to CO2 emissions. It’s within the realm of possible driving factors of the current warming trend that began well before the onset of the industrial revolution. What is a mistake is to run up the costs of energy to put the genie back in the bottle now when there are so many who are rising out of poverty over the last few decades. . There is a direct relationship between poverty levels ( human misery) and the abundance, or lack therefore, of affordable energy. I presume many feel safe enough in their wealth that they don’t worry about their ability to retain a comfortable first world living standard. There are hundreds of millions if not billions who aspire to the lifestyle that Warmist’s enjoy. PM Ardern, biden, Kerry and all the other hypocrites seem to want to pull the ladder out from under everyone else who wants to live a modern life.

It’s cruel fear mongering based on incomplete information and a desire to control the lives of the poor. I don’t see Ardern giving up the comforts she enjoys to save the planet.

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Hmmm, couldn't you have picked a better example than WEF acolyte Boris "Build Back Bumbling" Johnson?

Moi? I didn't pick Boris, the article did. You really have to learn not to skip across an article to just the bits you want to read.

I wouldn't call Boris a socialist of course, more a corporatist.

Nice to know you're an equal opportunity slagger-off of governments. But I suspect I could name any vaguely democratic government and you'd be against it.

No, it helps me sleep better at night.

Whatever gets you through those long dark hours, buddy.

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I can’t think of any democratic government I am for either, actually.

Democracy is better than communism and those types of government. But democracy is abused far too much.

I am for individual freedom and responsibility, and to the extent that democratic governments support that it’s nice, but democracy often devolves into infringing on the freedoms of some for the aim of politicians electing themselves.

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I can’t think of any democratic government I am for either, actually.

Very libertarian of you.

Unfortunately, Libertarianism is just another form of extremism. It's one that aligns closer to my own personal biases actually, but nevertheless extremes are never good.

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I don’t think it is “extreme”.

Article 13. All of the people shall be respected as individuals. Their right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness shall, to the extent that it does not interfere with the public welfare, be the supreme consideration in legislation and in other governmental affairs.

I very much agree with this article and the same vein as my prior comment. If my view is extreme, the so is this article of the Japanese constitution?

In reality, many democracies do appear to play groups of people off against another politically, which doesn’t seem to be in accordance with this type of ideal.

Or, perhaps various people have different understanding of what liberty of the individual means.

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I don’t think it is “extreme”.

Libertarianism is an extremism mate. It removes all nuance, and is the absolute stance that government is bad, and therefore must be kept as minimal as possible.

Literally the definition of extreme.

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Wolfpack

There is a direct relationship between poverty levels ( human misery) and the abundance, or lack therefore, of affordable energy. I presume many feel safe enough in their wealth that they don’t worry about their ability to retain a comfortable first world living standard.

What you do not factor in is the devastation that climate change will make to developing countries. Tht changing course is imperative. Also, extra cost isn't necessary. For example, China understands that investment in renewable energy is sensible and cost effective.

I don’t see Ardern giving up the comforts she enjoys to save the planet.

I doubt that you have looked. Or compared that with yourself.

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