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

 

National’s Response Really, Really Disappointing

18 May 2008

Media Release
National’s Response to the Greenhouse Challenge Really, Really Disappointing

The Environmental Defence Society has slammed National’s back-down on support for the proposed emissions trading scheme as “extremely disappointing and a major let-down for those who thought it really had changed its stance on key environmental issues.”

EDS Chairman, Gary Taylor, who is also a member of the Climate Leaders Forum, says that the announcement today by John Key that National will not support the emissions trading bill and wants it deferred to the next Parliament comes as a complete surprise to him.

“Up to now National has been staunch in its support for urgent action on climate change, in spite of the relentless lobbying by some big businesses. Delay now leads one to question whether the agenda is for National to comprehensively weaken the scheme or even abandon it altogether,” said Mr Taylor.

“Climate Change is the biggest challenge facing the planet. I am aware that some National caucus members do not accept that and deny the science. If this decision shows that they have the ascendancy then we are in dire straits indeed.

“We have already had Labour weaken the scheme last week by delaying its application to fossil fuels and extending the phase-out period of taxpayer support for sectors deemed to be at risk. In my view even that was going too far. Given that, it just isn’t credible for Mr Key to claim that there would be an exodus of at-risk companies now that support will continue through to 2025. It is already a really, really slow and exceptionally generous transition to full obligations.

“It looks like National has chosen to listen to big business rather than the wider public. What they have done and the reasons given for that are exactly what the Greenhouse Policy Coalition has been advocating. Big business has won.

It is major change of direction for National and really undermines my confidence in their commitment to progressive green policies.

“But the fundamentals of the emissions trading scheme are still fine and we must put a price on carbon if we are to make the transition to a low carbon economy. One can only hope that other parties in Parliament will stand up and support the Bill,” Mr Taylor concluded.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: on the inquiry into the abuse of children in care

Apparently, PM Jacinda Ardern has chosen to exclude faith-based institutions from the government’s promised inquiry into the abuse of children in state care.

Any role for religious institutions – eg the Catholic Church – would be only to observe and to learn from any revelations that arise from the inquiry’s self-limiting focus on state-run institutions… More

 

Gordon Campbell: On Jim Anderton
For anyone born after 1975, it is hard to grasp just how important a figure Jim Anderton was, for an entire generation.
During the mid to late 1980s, Anderton was the only significant public figure of resistance to the Labour government’s headlong embrace of Thatcherism...More>>

ALSO:


Gong Time: New Year's Honours List

Jacinda Ardern today congratulated the 179 New Zealanders named on the 2018 New Year’s Honours List.

“Although this list was compiled and completed by the last government, it is a pleasure to welcome in the New Year by recognising exceptional New Zealanders,” Jacinda Ardern said.

“As an Aunty, I love reading books to my nieces, so it’s lovely to congratulate Joy Cowley, who is made a member of the Order of New Zealand today....More
Full list


Roads: National launches bid to save highway projects

The National Party has launched a series of petitions aimed at saving regional highway projects at risk because of the Government’s obsession with Auckland trams…More>>

ALSO:


Medical Cannabis: Bill Introduced to “ease suffering”

Health Minister Dr David Clark says making medicinal cannabis more readily available will help relieve the suffering of people who are dying in pain More>>

ALSO:

Campbell: On The Quest For Zero Net Carbon Emissions
Some would querulously ask, zero net carbon emissions by 2050 – while others would say, why not?
More>>

ALSO:

CPAG Report: The Further Fraying Of The Welfare Safety Net

New Zealand’s welfare system has undergone a major transformation during the past three decades. This process has seriously thwarted the original intent of the system, which was to provide a decent standard of living for all New Zealanders in times of need... More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages