Emissions webcast a bit fizzy

Last night’s webcast from MfE was not a triumph in technological consultation, but it does give us a glimpse into what is possible. Aside from the usual technical challenges, like all the panel appearing in smurf blue for the first 20 minutes and some viewers whinging because they chose a bandwidth far in excess of their provider’s ability to supply, the technological side of the event went fairly smoothly.

Colin James facilitated a fairly lacklustre panel who really just talked among themselves rather than engaging or interacting with their audience to any significant degree.

The IRC chatroom was dominated by folks that heard about the webcast from frogblog or the @NZGreens twitter. Rather than gloating, I am disappointed that MfE didn’t do a better job of promoting what could have been a huge leap forward.

There is still an opportunity to have your say by emailing the Minister before the end of the month. Details and his address can be found here.

2 Comments Posted

  1. Yes, very interesting exercise having the chat and Webcast. Good on them for testing out the technology – it certainly saved me from a 100km round trip to hear, see and participate in the discussion.

    What struck me on reflection though, was apparent political acceptance of the utterances of the economics “scientist” over those of the climate scientists. And this even more so when we stand back and view the bigger picture – the present global credit melt down! Where were these guys with their models and predictions before this happen and yet we still turn to them for advice on what we should do!

  2. It was a pity that they didn’t talk more about transport emissions. What Nick Smith did have to say was quite interesting – in that last year when petrol prices went up significantly, CO2 emissions from the transport sector decreased quite dramatically.

    That was because people drove less often, and also because people used public transport more.

    I do wish Nick Smith would talk to Steven Joyce about this. As Mr Joyce is too busy taking money away from public transport and throwig it at building more motorways – exactly the opposite of the direction Nick Smith is wanting to take the transport sector.

    I guess at least Mr Joyce is going to put up the petrol tax by 6c a litre. If only he was going to use that money for something half decent we might be getting somewhere. Instead it’ll end up going on a “road of National (big N) significance” with a cost-benefit ratio of about 0.3

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