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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.

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