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

 


Govt lacking urgency required for climate change

Auckland—

Friday 6 October 2006

The New Zealand public should be alarmed at the Government's lack of urgency on climate change, Greenpeace said today in response to climate change Minister David Parker's announcement on the issue.

"Everyone's talking about the need to make major reductions of greenhouse gases. The acid test is whether the policies deliver the cuts in emissions needed to avoid dangerous levels on climate change. But the Government isn't talking targets at all," said Cindy Baxter, Greenpeace campaign manager.

Greenpeace is extremely worried at Mr Parker's caution that the pace and extent of New Zealand's response 'should be in step with what major emitters are doing, including major trading partners.'

"Mr Parker needs to state which major trading partners he wants to be in step with: George Bush's America or the European Union and Japan," said Baxter.

"New Zealanders are heavy greenhouse polluters. We are also relatively wealthy. If New Zealand refuses to lead, we can hardly expect emerging economies (including China and India) to take action – particularly when on a per capita basis they are poorer and less polluting than New Zealand."

Mr Parker also signalled that price-based measures across the New Zealand economy may not be in place until as far away as 2012, again, a weakening of the Government's previous stance.

The UK Government is about to publish a study by former World Bank economist, Sir Nicholas Stern, which will warn that the world may have to pay multi-trillion dollar economic costs if it does not move urgently to act on climate change and that developed economies will face far higher costs if they do not act.

"The economic costs of inaction on climate change are never factored into Government accounting, and it's time they were," said Baxter.

Also of concern was Mr Parker's signal that New Zealand was interested in the "Asia-Pacific Pact" (AP6), which Greenpeace has re-named the "Coal Pact" on account of the idea coming from the coal industry.

"The Coal Pact is a voluntary, underfunded talkfest which is a US and Australian-led effort to delay real action. Under this pact, the member countries will increase their emission by 100% by 2050," said Baxter.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Joint Statement: Establishment Of NZ-China Strategic Partnership

At the invitation of Governor-General Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and Prime Minister The Rt Hon John Key of New Zealand, President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China made a state visit to New Zealand from 19 to 21 November 2014.

During his visit, President Xi Jinping met with Governor-General Jerry Mateparae, and held talks with Prime Minister John Key. The leaders had an in-depth exchange of views on bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues of common interest. More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Savings Targets: Health Procurement Plan Changes Direction

Next steps in implementing DHB shared services programme Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has agreed to explore a proposal put forward by DHBs to move implementation of the shared services programme to a DHB-owned vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

More on Health Policy:

Auckland Unification: 'No IT Cost Blowout' (Just More Expensive)

Following discussion of an update on Auckland Council’s Information Services Transformational Programme at today’s Finance and Performance Committee, council has released the report publicly. More>>

ALSO:

Other Expensive Things:

Gordon Campbell: On The SAS Role Against Islamic State, And Podemos

Only 25% of the US bombing runs are even managing to locate IS targets worth bombing. As the NYT explains at length, this underlines the need for better on-the-ground intelligence to direct the air campaign to where the bad guys have holed up... More>>

ALSO:

Public Service: Commission Calls For Answers On Handling Of CERA Harassment

EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On Andrew Little’s Victory

So Andrew Little has won the leadership – by the narrowest possible margin – from Grant Robertson, and has already been depicted by commentators as being simultaneously (a) the creature of the trade unions and (b) the most centrist of the four candidates, which would be an interesting trick to see someone try in a game of Twister. More>>

ALSO:

China President Wishlists: Greens Welcome Xi, But Human Rights Need To Be On Agenda

“President Xi has made some progress on climate change, but he must also lift the Chinese government’s game on human rights issues,” Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said... It is important that our Government continues to urge the Chinese government to show restraint and respect human rights in both Tibet and the Xinjiang province.” More>>

ALSO:

Airport Security Breach: CAA Fines Minister

Minister Brownlee has been issued an infringement notice and is required to pay a $2000 infringement fine for breaching Civil Aviation Rule 19.357(b), which states no person may be in an airport security area without an appropriate identity card or document. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news