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Background to UK climate sceptic

Background to Big business turns to long-time UK climate sceptic

(1) A recent Greenpeace New Zealand briefing examines in more detail the concerted campaign by the New Zealand Business Roundtable, Greenhouse Policy Coalition and other business groups to undermine solutions to climate change. Available at


(2) In their March 2007 submission to the Government on climate policy the Roundtable claimed that climate change is "a risk not a certainty" (See: New Zealand Business Roundtable, Overview Submission on the Government's Discussion Documents on Climate Change, March 2007,

http://www.nzbr.org.nz/documents/submissions/070330_sub_climate_change.pdf http://www.nzbr.org.nz/documents/submissions/070330_sub_climate_change.pdf

p5), despite overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary.

They have called for New Zealand to pull out of the Kyoto Protocol and align our climate policies with the regressive policies of the United States and Australia (See: New Zealand Business Roundtable, 'Reality Breaks Through With Axing of Carbon Tax', 27 January 2006, http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0601/S00201.htm

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0601/S00201.htm > New Zealand Business Roundtable, 'Climate Change Policies Need Better Analysis', 30 March 2007


They have also recently jumped on the business bandwagon arguing that the Government should weaken and delay the proposed emissions trading scheme (See: Greenhouse Policy Coalition letter to the Government, 16 October 2007, available at: http://www.gpcnz.co.nz/Site/News_Releases/Letter_to_PM_re_process.aspx


New Zealand Business Roundtable, 'Castalia Report Realistic About Climate Change', 5 November 2007,



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