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


ETS to increase New Zealand’s emissions 5%

24 September 2009

ETS to increase New Zealand’s emissions 5%

Under the new Emissions Trading Scheme, (ETS), the Government will pay just one company, Methanex, over a billion dollars to increase New Zealand's total emissions by 5% over the next ten years, the Green Party said today.

“The Government is subsidising the growth of New Zealand’s biggest polluters, and asking the taxpayer to cough up for the costs,” Jeanette Fitzsimons, Green Party Climate Change Spokesperson said.

“A giveaway of free credits, without a limit, means big polluters can reach into the Treasury cookie jar as often as they like, and send the bill to the taxpayer.”

The Government admitted last night that their proposed changes will amount to hundreds of millions in new costs to the taxpayer over a few short years.

“It is unthinkable that the taxpayer will not only pay for a full upgrade of the Methanex factories, it will continue to pay Methanex to pollute for the next 70 years,” Ms Fitzsimons said.

“This is not protection of an existing industry so it can carry on. This is a huge subsidy for a major polluter to increase its production and its pollution.

“A properly designed ETS would encourage business to begin reducing emissions, not pay them to increase emissions.

“This makes a mockery of the Government’s emissions reduction target of ten percent by 2020. It does exactly the opposite.

“Paying polluters to pollute more is not ‘doing our part’ to tackle climate change,” Ms Fitzsimons said.

Jeanette’s blog on the Methanex subsidy:


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Covid-19, 21/9: 1,108 Overall Cases, 4,800,000+ Vaccine Doses

23 new cases have been discovered in Auckland, which has moved to Level 3 as of Tuesday night. 818 of the Auckland cases have recovered alongside all of the Wellington cases... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Canada’s Election, And The AUKUS Defence Pact

Yesterday, Canada held an election in which everyone lost, including the voters. After holding its most expensive ( $C600 million) election campaign ever, the result was Groundhog Day, with the five main parties getting almost exactly the same number of seats as they did last time around, in 2019. Same overall result too: Liberals leader and PM Justin Trudeau will once again be leading a minority government... More>>


Green Party: Kiwis Overseas Must Be Allowed To Vote Next Year
New Zealanders stranded overseas should be allowed to vote in next year’s local government elections and the 2023 general election, the Green Party said today. “The reality of this pandemic is lots of people cannot renew their voting rights when they are home as they normally would... More>>

Government: Keeping our Police safe to keep our communities safe

The Government is committed to keeping our frontline police officers safe, so they in turn can keep New Zealanders safe – with one of the largest investments in frontline safety announced by Police Minister Poto Williams at the Police College today... More>>


Government: Counter-Terrorism Bill Returns To Parliament

The Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill has returned to Parliament for its second reading in an important step towards giving enforcement agencies greater power to protect New Zealanders from terrorist activity... More>>

Power: Bill Changes Bring Fairness To Charges

A key recommendation of an independent panel to make electricity charges fairer across all households will be put in place, the Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods has announced... More>>

Government: Parks expiry of licenses, WoFs and regos
As a result of the Delta outbreak, driver licences, Warrants of Fitness (WoFs), Certificates of Fitness (CoFs), vehicle licences (‘regos’) and licence endorsements that expired on or after 21 July 2021 will be valid until 30 November 2021, Transport Minister Michael Wood has announced today... More>>

Child Poverty Action Group: Highest jump in weekly benefit numbers since first lockdown

The current lockdown has triggered the largest weekly increase in benefit recipient numbers since the first lockdown last year, and Child Poverty Action Group is concerned the Government isn't doing enough to assist affected families... More>>




InfoPages News Channels