Sky City Panders to the Gullible

Presumably when your business model depends upon people being stupid enough to think that they can beat the house at a gambling table or pokie machine then anything goes.

SkyCity hotels are introducing a different kind of bible to its rooms – a book on climate change.

The revelation was announced at a Climate Leaders Coalition meeting last night, when SkyCity chief executive Graeme Stephens said they were adding a new Gideons Bible to their rooms.

When asked about it on stage, Stephens said: “I hope I’m not being offensive. But I’m introducing a new Gideons Bible to our hotel rooms in the form of books on climate change.”

He said he had asked Meridian head Neal Barclay for advice about it.

“I said to him: ‘I want a book that I can understand, that actually points to what I can do today, not some sort of nebula [sic] scientific concept’.”

The practice of keeping a Bible in hotel rooms started in the late 19th century when three men who founded Gideons International in the 1800s spread the good news by distributing Bibles in hotel rooms.

Stephens received the climate change book – Drawdown – the next day.

“It’s a great book because it’s got lots of pictures. […]

A Newspaper

Really? So did my earliest childhood books!

I wonder what the Gideons organisation feels about this book being called a “new Gideons Bible”?

And what is a ‘nebula’? Let’s ask NASA:

A nebula is a giant cloud of dust and gas in space. Some nebulae (more than one nebula) come from the gas and dust thrown out by the explosion of a dying star, such as a supernova. Other nebulae are regions where new stars are beginning to form.


It would appear that SkyCity chief executive Graeme Stephens skipped science lessons. Presumably, that is why a nonsense book with lots of pictures appeals.

Let’s read a few reviews of Drawdown from Amazon.

The author knew darn well that the topic is of great importance, so he set out to write 3 page excepts on 90 shallow ideas. i tried to finish the book, but it was too stupid, too shallow and too amateurish to waste my time getting to the end. I quit about 70% of the way through, and I almost never quit a book…..complete trash, not helpful, the author took advantage of the fact so many people are eager to learn the truth about renewable energy possibilities and he managed to publish nonsense.

peter h. frorer

Many chapters give estimates of dollar and carbon savings for different climate interventions. I could not find any methodology for the calculations or references to them. Though this book many describe all the topics under the umbrella of climate change, those looking for references to original sources will encounter problems.


I bought this book with a genuine interest in the different proposals on how to tackle global warming, and after reading about half of it I gave it up. This is more left wing propaganda than it is an objective view on climate and potential solutions. […]

Kindle Customer

Clearly I have picked these reviews as there was glowing support from the believers, however, even the top positive review was still critical.

Drawdown is long overdue. As with all of Hawken’s writings it’s well conceived, carefully researched and beautifully written. Thank goodness for this effort. Yet….

I looked in vain for the evidence that the remedies discussed will materially change the trajectory of projected temperature increases. How much below 2 C will we stabilize at with full implementation of these 100 remedies? According to the book even the most aggressive scenario they model only reduces CO2 by less than one gigaton (out of about 40 gigatons we spew each year) and that isn’t until 2045. That means that we’re still doomed.

Bill Johnston

Perhaps a handbook on dealing with problem gambling would be of more use to the guests and society in general than this new “Bible”?