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

 


NZ now isolated on climate policy

26 June 2013

NZ now isolated on climate policy

New Zealand is increasingly isolated on Climate Policy, now we are no longer following but headed off in the wrong direction instead, the Green Party said today.

President Obama’s speech overnight said that the USA will be taking action on climate change. This follows China introducing measures to reduce emissions in some of its largest cities and provinces.

“The National Government is taking us in the wrong direction and is isolating New Zealand by removing the price signals from the ETS and taking an obstructive international position,” Green Party climate change spokesperson Kennedy Graham said today.

“We need to be supporting international action on climate change not obstructing it.

“New Zealand is not doing its fair share.

“The National Government is stuck in the past examining the scientific consensus, to quote President Obama, ‘we don’t have time for a meeting of the Flat Earth Society’.

“While Obama is stepping up action, National is stepping up pollution.

“Since National was elected they have systematically weakened and removed measures to address climate change and obstructed progress in international climate talks and have no vision for progress.

“Under National, New Zealand’s net emissions have hit a record high and are continuing to grow.

“Last weekend’s storm, and this summer’s drought are a preview of the legacy we will leave for our children if we do not act now.

“We can make a difference, we can prepare, we can work internationally for binding targets, we can reduce emissions at home; but we need to start now,” said Dr Graham.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Royals: The Prince Of Wales And Duchess Of Cornwall To Visit

Prime Minister John Key welcomes today’s announcement that the Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit New Zealand in November. This will be the second joint visit for Their Royal Highnesses to New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Tracey Martin Replaced: Ron Mark Is New New Zealand First Deputy Leader

Clayton Mitchell was the successful candidate for the Associate Whip position. Winston Peters was re-elected as Leader by the Caucus. Ron Mark was elected as the Deputy Leader with effect from 10am, Friday, 3rd July. More>>

ALSO:

Rebuild Rebrand: "Regenerate Christchurch" To Replace CERA

The regeneration of Christchurch will be the city’s focus for the next five years as local leadership progressively takes control of the rebuild, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says. More>>

ALSO:

Nauru: Scholars Urge Minister To Act On Deteriorating Democracy

“Since the 2013 election in Nauru, there has been a series of disturbing developments on the islands that indicate a severe deterioration in the state of its parliamentary democracy and in the rule of law,” say the scholars. More>>

ALSO:

Foreign Affairs: NZ Begins Presidency Of UN Security Council

Prime Minister John Key has welcomed the start of New Zealand’s month-long Presidency of the United Nations Security Council in New York. More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Cash For Charter Schools, Mould For State Schools

“Recently released financial statements show the Whangarei charter school He Puna Marama received $3.9 million in government funding to the end of last year. Yet their audited accounts show they only spent $1.4 million on education, leaving almost $2.5 million over two years unaccounted for." More>>

ALSO:

Kiwirail Plans Shift From Electric: National Urged Not To Take Backwards Step

The National Government shouldn’t drag New Zealand backwards by replacing its climate friendly electric trains with carbon-polluting diesel trains, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Capital Connection:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news