National-Act Agreement On Climate Change Welcomed
16 November 2008
National & Act Agreement On Climate Change Welcomed
The New Zealand Climate Science Coalition has welcomed the agreement between the National and Act parties to appoint a special Select Committee of Parliament to review the current emissions trading scheme legislation and any amendments or alternatives to it, including carbon taxes, in the light of current economic circumstances and steps now being undertaken by similar nations.
Coalition chairman, Rear Admiral Jack Welch described the proposal as "sensible and overdue. We are confident that once the Select Committee has an opportunity to hear all sides of the scientific debate on the man-made global warming hypothesis, it will conclude that climate variation is natural and cyclical and does not justify the costs and restrictions on human activity which have been proposed on the basis of computer projections rather than what meteorological observations and the earth's history have demonstrated over the centuries." Admiral Welch said qualified coalition members look forward to assisting the Select Committee and to serving on the proposed advisory group of government officials and private sector experts.