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National Greenwash won't wash with real Greens

The National Party's attempt to claim a pro-environment mantle flies in the face of opinion amongst committed environmentalists, says Green Party Co-Leader Rod Donald.

National today released its policy on environment and conservation on the West Coast.

The Forest and Bird Protection Society said in its latest Conservation News that a National/ACT government 'is likely to be the least sympathetic to environmental issues of any in the last twenty years.'

"National's claim that they would stabilise greenhouse gas emissions is particularly galling. Under National our carbon emissions have grown more than 20%.

"National also continue to masquerade their anti-environment policies, such as weakening of the Resource Management Act and greater exploitation of the oceans, as pro-environment policies!

"National's environment policy really is a joke.

"It is clear that a National/ACT government would actively work to weaken environmental protection. That was certainly the conclusion of leading environmental groups who conducted the Vote for the Environment survey, which scored ACT and National lowest with the Greens the highest of all parties.

"At the risk of pointing out the obvious, if people care about the environment, they should vote Green," Rod Donald said.


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