Decision to abandon Kyoto puts NZ into club of worst pollute
Decision to abandon Kyoto puts NZ into club of worst
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.
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.
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
© Scoop Media
Gordon Campbell: On The 2013 Budget
Among Thursday’s main talking points:
We are apparently on track for a margin-of-error $75 million surplus, now in sight for 2014/15. But this sickly creature is hobbling out of the lab on the basis of all kinds of facilitative conjuring: such as trimming by $200 million the amount of new spending next time around.
With this strictly nominal surplus in sight, the 1984-ish justification for eternal austerity will have a news talisman: namely, getting Crown debt down to 20% of GDP by 2020. More>>
Budget Report, Lockup Audio & Images: Budget Day 2013 As always and especially after the managerial mishaps of the past few weeks and months, (e.g. Aaron Gilmore, the Mighty River Power share float, the GCSB mishaps) Budget Day 2013 was always going to be a pageant of reassurance... More>>
Budget 2013 Comment: Plain Sailing, But It's No America's Cup Pattrick Smellie: Compared to the last four budgets, this year's reflects an economy moving out of recession and into calmer waters... Yet if the fastest annual growth rate we can expect over the next two years is 3 percent - with the Christchurch rebuild in full swing - then you'd have to say New Zealand's underlying low-growth problem is far from fixed. More>>
Auckland Discord: Govt’s Power Hungry Housing Approach A Threat - Labour
Last week the Government said this, ‘The Government commits not to use any proposed or existing powers ... to override the council's planning and consenting processes’. But its housing Bill says this; ‘If an accord cannot be reached in an area of severe housing unaffordability, the Government can intervene by establishing special housing areas and issuing consents for developers’. More>>
Extending Protest Ban, Relaxing Permit Rules: Govt Abuses Urgency To Extend Anadarko Amendment
The Government is trying to pass legislation under urgency which would make the Anadarko Amendment – which limits protest at sea – apply to an additional 1.7 million square kilometres, the Green Party said today. More>>