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Does Govt Know Cost of Zero Carbon Act?

Does Govt Know Cost of Zero Carbon Act?


The Government may have repeated its oil and gas debacle by signing up to a radical target without considering the consequences, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

"Documents released under the OIA show that, when the Government committed to a net zero carbon goal in 2017, it did not know the impact the target would have on the economy.

“The Government was told that its 2050 target will require a 'fundamental economic shift'.

"Officials then went on to say: 'we cannot advise, in time for November 2017 Cabinet decisions, on the economic and social impacts.'

"The Government has committed to a goal of net zero carbon without considering any official evidence or analysis. That is massively irresponsible.

"The Government is clearly more focussed on making grand announcements than considering the real-world consequences of its policies.

"ACT believes that polluters should pay, through a carbon tax, for the harm they cause to the environment.

"However, we need to be responsible and impose no more costs on the economy than are necessary”, says Mr Seymour.


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