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Importers Institute Sells Carbon Credits

Importers Institute Sells Carbon Credits

The Importers Institute announced today that it is offering to sell carbon credits to the public of New Zealand. This is a great opportunity for concerned New Zealanders to reduce their eco-guilt.

New Zealand used to subsidise local assemblers of imported cars and televisions. This was done by the government forbidding the importation of finished goods through import licensing, or by imposing high tariffs on those goods. The net value added was usually negative - more resources were used in pretending to manufacture those goods here than in importing them.

We can now import cars without going through the charade of pretending to make them here. What is more, New Zealanders no longer feel the need to keep very old and inefficient cars on the road - most people can afford to recycle good quality used cars that the Japanese no longer want.

The Importers Institute was actively involved in advocating the elimination of import licensing and the reduction in tariffs. So, we have decided to claim the credit for the resulting reduction in our collective carbon footprint.

Now, you too can claim some of that credit! All you have to do is to send a cheque to the Institute's Auckland Secretary, Daniel Silva P O Box 201080, Auckland 2150, New Zealand. What will you get in return? The same as what you get from buying carbon credits anywhere - absolutely nothing.

However, if you *really* do care about sustainability, you will get a warm glow from assuaging your guilt. You will also make Daniel Silva very happy, as he will be able to spend the loot on going to environmental conferences in Rio, Acapulco, Waiheke Island , Oslo, Alaska, Kenya and similar destinations.

We have tried to calculate precisely the worth of each credit, but gave up when we realised that those calculations are impossible to do with any degree of honesty. So, you can send as much or as little as you like but, remember, the more money you send, the better you will feel about it.

You can send your donations anonymously, if you are into enjoying the warm glow of self righteousness in private, or you can let us know who you are and we will guarantee you a listing in a mugs' gallery page in our website www.importers.org.nz. And that's a promise!

ENDS

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