Returned ETS bill a failure – Environment Commissioner
Returned ETS bill a failure
– Environment Commissioner
The failure to fix the Emissions Trading
Scheme Amendment Bill before its third reading is a
disappointing and costly decision says the Parliamentary
Commissioner for the Environment Dr Jan Wright.
returned Bill maintains the indefinite subsidies for big
polluters and exemption of agriculture, and the removal of
guaranteed review that Dr Wright strongly advised against in
her submission to select committee.
Dr Wright says
the Bill sets the wrong path for New Zealand’s future.
“Climate change is the most important environmental
issue we face but this isn’t simply an environmental
issue. We’re heading into a carbon constrained future
which means we need to move to a low-carbon economy if we
are to compete internationally.
“If these changes
to the ETS are passed we’ll be rewarding greenhouse gas
emitters with public money and punishing sectors that have
invested in greenhouse gas reduction such as forestry.
“For our environmental and economic good we need be
investing in a low carbon future, instead we’re being
locked into promoting old, dirty, technologies.”
copy of Dr Wright’s original submission is available here.
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