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


Greens Double Down on Climate

Greens double down on climate

Green and Labour policies on climate change taken together would bring a much more stringent approach to emissions reduction, risking investment and jobs, says BusinessNZ.

Labour’s climate change policy released last week set a target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The Greens policy released this week seeks to put New Zealand on track to net zero emissions by 2050 - but for all greenhouse gases, not just carbon.

BusinessNZ Chief Executive Kirk Hope said there were practical concerns with both sets of targets, not least of which was highlighted by modelling undertaken by Vivid Economics for the cross parliamentary group of MPs GLOBE-NZ that showed the closure of energy intensive industry was required to meet a net zero by 2050 target.

"We need to have climate change policies that help New Zealand take action on climate change, but without disadvantaging us against trade competitors.

"Massive increases in the price of fuel and power with no guarantee of emission reductions won't help."

Another notable difference between the Green and Labour policies was the confirmation by the Greens that it seeks to abandon an emissions trading scheme for a carbon tax.

Mr Hope said the lessons since the scheme's establishment in 2008 combined with the absence of international carbon trading meant that business would be open to discussing all options for incentivising reductions.

But there would need to be a more realistic approach to emission reduction targets.

"A too-stringent target that diminishes economic growth isn’t in anyone’s interest.

"More discussion with business is needed to achieve policies that work not only for the environment but for a prosperous economy."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Election Day Results

2017 General Election - Preliminary Count

National won 46% of the vote with Labour on 35.8%.

NZ First won 7.5%, with the Greens on 5.8%.

ACT held on to Epsom, but failed to get more MPs.

The Maori Party were wiped out of Parliament.

There are still special votes to be counted, but clearly National is in the box seat to form the next Government.

The Greens can not contemplate a deal with National.

So, Winston Peters will have to make a choice and could back National or a combined Labour/Green coalition.

The most likely result is National and NZ First will reach some sort of deal to form the next government.

Election Night Results

Advance Voting Statistics

General Election Information: Voters - Who, When And Where


From The Hood: The Campaign Strategist’s Lament

"This election is a chance to really work the record of what nine years of National-led government has done to improve the country for everyone. Or will do. Another three years, maybe six. Thirty-three years, tops. You don’t want to risk that, do you? More>>

PSA Report: National Gets An ‘F’ For Health Funding

"Seeing National’s record on health collected in one place is quite sobering - it’s clear that underfunding is having dire consequences on both patients and staff, who are having to do more than ever with less," says Glenn Barclay, PSA national secretary. More>>


Children With Disabilities: Education Crisis Unaddressed

In 2008 IHC lodged its complaint against the on-going failure of New Zealand Governments and the Ministry of Education to ensure that disabled children access a quality education on an equal basis to others in New Zealand schools. More>>

Gordon Campbell: Ten Reasons For Not Voting National

if anyone you know is thinking of voting National in Saturday’s election, there’s still time for an intervention. You owe it to your friends and relations to intercede. Because there’s plenty of evidence on National’s mediocre-to-awful track record over its nine years in power. We can’t afford another three years of drift. More>>


Suffrage Day: PSA National Secretaries Vote For Equal Pay

PSA national secretaries Erin Polaczuk and Glenn Barclay are advance voting for the 2017 election alongside their daughters, with equal pay and fairness in mind on the 124th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand. More>>


Charge Protests: Dairy Farms Use Same Amount Of Water As 60 Million People

Using Dairy NZ numbers, economist Peter Fraser and agricultural consultant Dr Alison Dewes calculate the water consumption of New Zealand dairy farms is equivalent to the residential use of 60 million people. More>>


Greenpeace: Labour, Greens Commit To Canterbury Democracy

Labour MP Megan Woods is promising to return Canterbury’s regional council, ECan, to a democratically elected council. It follows a mass day-long occupation of the ECan building by local water activists calling for the restoration of democracy and urgent action to save rivers. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog