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Dump Kyoto – ACT

Dump Kyoto – ACT

Rodney Hide
Friday, 17 June 2005
Press Releases - Environment & Conservation

ACT Leader Rodney Hide said today the Government should dump Kyoto immediately.

“The Kyoto Protocol does nothing for New Zealand and nothing for the world.

“It’s a madness that New Zealand is the only southern hemisphere nation with a commitment in the first reporting period, that we are the only ASEAN nation with an obligation and that we stand alone with Japan and Canada as the only APEC nations with an obligation.

“It’s absurd that New Zealand is also the first nation to introduce a comprehensive carbon tax.

“Minister Pete Hodgson sold Kyoto to the people of New Zealand saying that we would make a few hundred million dollars out of it. Now we learn because of his stuff up that it’s going to cost New Zealand hundreds of millions.

“ACT opposed Kyoto from the outset. It should be dumped.

“It was National who signed the Kyoto Protocol in 1997 that was then ratified by Labour in 2002.

“National should stop pussyfooting around. It’s simply not good enough that National now calls for a review. National needs to tell New Zealanders whether they are for Kyoto – or against it.


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