Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Labour, National slow to confront climate change

Labour, National slow to confront climate’s inconvenient truths

Media Release. October 6, 2006.

Labour and National’s climate change statements today show that while they have belatedly started to recognise the problem they still seem unable to provide the political leadership for the urgent responses that are needed, the Green Party says.

“Our emissions are 21% ahead of our Kyoto target. We are one of the worst per capita emitters in the world; and the evidence about climate change is piling up fast – and these grim realities call for decisive political leadership,” says Russel Norman, Green Co-Leader.

“My challenge to both National and Labour is this: If they are really serious about reducing our greenhouse emissions then will they stop the proposed Marsden B coal-fired power station in Whangarei? It's ridiculous to talk about reducing our emissions on the one hand and allow a new coal-fired power station on the other. We don’t need more hot air, we need action.

“It’s good that David Parker continues the policy work, and I congratulate him on fighting the good fight in Cabinet and on working with the Greens on energy efficiency.

“However, except as a carbon storage method, lots of Government policy papers won’t reduce carbon dioxide levels.

“After seven years of Labour-led Government I am worried by the ongoing lack of urgency and the limited outcomes.

“It’s good that National have moved into the 21st century by acknowledging that human-induced climate change is happening, and I congratulate Nick Smith in particular for getting his leader to read some science.

“But the emissions trading scheme that National are proposing is limited and must meet three criteria:

· The cap must not be set so high that it has no meaning

· The cap must rapidly sink over time, to reflect the urgency of the situation

· The transport and agricultural sectors must be included.”

“We need a price put on carbon emissions urgently, and we need to prioritise investment in public transport. Labour and National still have a long way to go.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news