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

 


Decision to abandon Kyoto puts NZ into club of worst pollute

Decision to abandon Kyoto puts NZ into club of worst polluters


Auckland, 9 November 2012 - John Key's Government has decided to turn its back on Kyoto to join an infamous club of the world's dirtiest economies and most belligerent climate wreckers, says Greenpeace.

“Tim Grosser is trying dress up a profound decision to abandon the world’s longest standing collective agreement to tackle climate change as no big deal,” says Greenpeace New Zealand Climate Campaigner Simon Boxer.

“In fact, he has just joined New Zealand up to a club of the biggest and dirtiest polluters including Russia, USA and Canada. You have to ask is that really where New Zealand belongs? Is that how we see ourselves and is that how we want the world to see us?

“Perhaps most embarrassing and telling is that our nearest neighbour Australia, a latecomer to Kyoto and a massively coal dependent economy, is renewing its commitment to Kyoto. It is sending a clear signal that it is serious about climate change and that it wants to encourage a cleaner, smarter way of doing business. It is clear now that John Key does not want to do the same.

“Right when the world is seeing ever more extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy’s inundation of New York City during the US election, it is not the time to be diminishing commitment to global action on climate change.

“New Zealand stands to loose a lot more from being out of Kyoto than being in it. This move backwards could do irreparable damage to our global standing and our economy.”

Since coming to power, John Key has set about writing laws that benefit our biggest polluters at the expense of our reputation and at the risk of the New Zealander lifestyle. In this week alone the Government has killed off our only tool for tackling climate change - the ETS - and announced it will open up our coastlines to dangerous deep water drilling.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Anzac Day:


Reshuffle: PM Announces Changes To Ministerial Portfolios

Prime Minister Bill English today announced the appointment of Gerry Brownlee as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nathan Guy as Minister of Civil Defence, Nikki Kaye as Minister of Education and Mark Mitchell as Minister of Defence.

The changes follow the resignations from Cabinet of Hekia Parata and Murray McCully.

In other changes Simon Bridges has been appointed Leader of the House and Nicky Wagner has been made Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration. More>>

 

Q+A Transcript: CTU Call For 'National Standards' On Wages

‘If you look at countries who do better than us, who pay wages better, who have more competitive industries, more successful economies, they have systems where there are national standards.’ More>>

ALSO:

Health Workers Respond: People's Mental Health Report Released

The People's Mental Health Review reinforces a recent YesWeCare.nz survey of 6,000 health workers, which found nine in 10 believe they don't have the staff or resources to deliver the care Kiwis need when they need it. More>>

ALSO:

More Mental Health:

Energy: Greens Launch Plan For Cheaper And Cleaner Electricity

$112 million for winter warm-up payments to help low-income households cover their power bills • setting a goal for 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030 (in average hydrological conditions) • an investigation into the electricity wholesale market. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Aged-Care Settlement

Until yesterday, a National government has always been the sworn enemy of women seeking justice in the workplace, in the face of gender-based pay discrimination. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news