Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Responsible companies have nothing to fear

16 October 2000

Attention Environment / Energy Reporters

Responsible companies have nothing to fear from eco taxes

The Green Party today said it was no surprise that TransAlta were asking the government to act cautiously on introducing eco-taxes to combat climate change as TransAlta was largely reliant on non-renewable gas to generate its electricity.

Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons said the Green Party's policy of taxing pollution, such as carbon dioxide emissions, would have no impact at all on some electricity generators.

"TransAlta are urging the government to take it slow with their response to climate change at a time when all haste is needed to combat rising temperatures and sea levels," said Ms Fitzsimons.

"TransAlta are largely dependent on burning fossil fuels to create their power so their response to the possibility of eco-taxes is based entirely on short-term self interest."

Ms Fitzsimons said South Island based Meridian Energy with its hydro electricity production and TrustPower with its hydro and wind production would be completely untouched by any carbon tax proposals.

"It is clear that introducing a tax on carbon dioxide emissions would have a significant impact on TransAlta's business," said Ms Fitzsimons. "However burning fossil fuels is unsustainable and it is about time that companies paid the true cost for their impact on the environment.

"Only when we have true cost pricing will there be serious investment in clean energy sources like wind. It is high time for all companies to factor the health of the environment into all business decisions as the days of subsidising pollution are over," said Ms Fitzsimons.

Ms Fitzsimons stressed that all taxpayers would benefit from ecological tax reform which shifts the tax burden off positive areas like work and enterprise and onto pollution and waste.

Jeanette Fitzsimons MP: 04 470 6661, 025 586 068 Jonathan Hill (press secretary): 04 470 6719, 021 440 090

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Geo-political Posturing Over China’s Cyber Hacks, Plus The Weekly Playlist

The timing was one of the weirder aspects of this week’s cyber condemnation of China by the West. Why was this piece of political theatre being staged now? China (and Russia’s) sponsoring and/or condoning of semi-state and criminal hacker groups has been known about for nigh on a decade. More particularly, Microsoft had been alerted to the flaws in its Microsoft Exchange... More>>


Government: Quarantine Free Travel With Australia Suspended

Quarantine Free Travel from all Australian states and territories to New Zealand is being suspended as the Covid situation there worsens, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins announced today... More>>


Government: New Zealand Condemns Malicious Cyber Activity By Chinese State-sponsored Actors

New Zealand has established links between Chinese state-sponsored actors known as Advanced Persistent Threat 40 (APT40) and malicious cyber activity in New Zealand. “The GCSB has worked through a robust technical attribution process in relation to this activity. New Zealand is today joining other countries in strongly condemning this malicious activity... More>>


Government: Commits $600,000 To Flood Recovery

The Government is contributing $600,000 to help residents affected by the weekend’s violent weather with recovery efforts. Acting Minister for Emergency Management Kris Faafoi and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor have been in the Buller district this afternoon to assess flood damage and support the local response effort... More>>


NZUS Council: Welcomes Nomination Of Senator Tom Udall As US Ambassador To NZ

The NZUS Council welcomes the nomination of Senator Tom Udall to the role of US Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, NZUS Council executive director Jordan Small said... More>>

BusinessNZ: Visa Extensions Welcomed
BusinessNZ has welcomed the extension of some critical skill visa durations and changes to immigration systems to speed processing. Chief Executive Kirk Hope says move acknowledges advocacy by the hospitality sector, the BusinessNZ Network and others, and comes not a moment too soon.... More>>

Social Development: Government Initiatives Contribute To Fall In Benefit Numbers

Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the release of the June quarter Benefit Statistics which show a continuing fall in the number of people receiving a Main Benefit... More>>




InfoPages News Channels