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Hide welcomes reasoned debate on ETS

9 December 2008


Hide welcomes reasoned debate on ETS

An examination of the Emissions Trading System (ETS), by a Special Select Committee, which is part of the coalition agreement between National and ACT, is being welcomed by ACT Leader Rodney Hide.

“I am especially pleased to see that the issue of the scientific and trade implications will be considered alongside the impacts on the economy.

“There is definitely not a monolithic view on the fact of human induced climate change and I welcome this government’s willingness to hear from scientists and others who are sceptics. I have to say I am one and it is appalling that the previous government accepted human induced climate change as a new religion with former US vice- president Al Gore as its prophet.

Rodney Hide says the Special Select Committee will ensure we can hear different points of view. “This is an opportunity to ensure New Zealanders can hear a range of views and facts. It is far too important an issue not to be debated rationally and robustly.”

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