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


Copeland to oppose emissions trading scheme

Gordon Copeland Press Release For Immediate Release Wednesday, 14th May 2008

Copeland to oppose emissions trading scheme

Independent MP Gordon Copeland has today announced that he will be voting against the Emissions Trading Bill.

"Having considered the pros and cons of the Bill carefully, I have come to two conclusions," said Mr Copeland.

"The first is that this Bill is going to increase costs to kiwi households significantly. The price of electricity and transport fuels will increase and because those sources of energy are inputs into virtually every aspect of our economy, costs will increase across the board from basic items such as groceries, right through to the increased costs involved in running a hospital."

"Secondly, we have no way of measuring, at this point, the magnitude of those costs since they are dependent upon the international price, at the time, of carbon."

"In any event, I do not believe that the Emissions Trading scheme is a national priority from either an environmental or climate change point of view. I have held, and actively promoted for some years now, that the planting of millions of trees and active steps to end the degradation of our rivers, streams and lakes from agricultural runoffs are the priority issues."

"New tree plantings have not occurred under Labour. On the contrary, between 2004 and the end of 2007 the Government has overseen a massive net deforestation amounting to 46,000 hectares! Likewise they have done little or nothing to bring the pollution of our waterways to an end."

"I regard their neglect of these two critical issues as unacceptable."

"Instead of a 'pig and a poke' emissions trading scheme, why can't we simply get on and provide incentives to plant masses of trees and bring to an end the degradation of our waterways?"


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>




Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>


Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>


Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>


Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>


Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>


(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>






Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election