Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Climate Policy Cop-Out

Tuesday 30 April 2002

The Government's failure to introduce a carbon charge in the near future is a major cop-out that will harm the economy, the environment and society, says the recently formed Climate Defence Network.

Jane Dawson, speaking for the network of transport, recreational, medical, resource management, international development and environmental organisations, said "The Government's prescription for climate protection makes it too easy for polluters to avoid doing anything to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."

"The measures that the government is putting forward are little more than 'pollution as normal' with a bit of window dressing. The Negotiated Greenhouse Agreements lack credibility. No one should be fooled by these - they are simply special concessions for big polluters."

"Too much dependence is put on the soft option of relying on carbon stored in new forests to balance our national carbon account. That will be of no help when real cuts are asked of us in the future."

"There is no guarantee that the New Zealand Transport Strategy will deliver any benefits in terms of climate change policy since it has yet to go through the consultation process, where it will be vulnerable to more pressure from the 'business as usual' polluters."

"The Government's policy preferences are too close to the polluters' preferences. Climate policy will move behind closed doors, since the decision on who is to be classified as an at risk industry is going to be carried out in private. The public must have a say in this."

"Negotiations on the Greenhouse Agreements will also be in private. The public may see the result at the end but have no effective participation in the process."

The Climate Defence Network welcomes the restated intention to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, but says that overall the proposed policy response is too weak to feel there is a serious commitment on the part of the Government to achieving the goal of stabilising the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

"Climate change will be the issue of this century. Greenhouse gas emissions must be cut for the sake of the planet, for New Zealand's future and for the sake of the Pacific. Historians will judge this Government an environmental failure on the basis of just this announcement, if it becomes the ultimate policy", says Ms Dawson


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news