Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Supreme Court Order A Blow To Climate

Supreme Court Order A Blow To Climate

Friday 19 December 2008 – A serious blow has been dealt to the climate with a Supreme Court decision just handed down in the Genesis Energy/ Greenpeace case.

“The Supreme Court has ruled that local authorities cannot consider the climate impact of fossil-fuelled energy production can under the Resource Management Act (RMA),” said Greenpeace Campaign Manager Carmen Gravatt.

“This is very bad news for the climate; particularly because it comes on top of the Government’s relentless backtrack on climate policy and aggressive promotion of coal and gas.

“It puts New Zealand seriously out of step with the rest of the world. Climate science shows we’re running out of time to avoid dangerous climate change. The stakes are getting higher and New Zealand is not doing its bit.”

Last December, the Court of Appeal ruled in favour of Genesis Energy (a State Owned Enterprise which runs several thermal power stations, and wants to build a new one at Rodney, in John Key’s constituency of Helensville).

The ruling meant that councils deciding on non-renewable energy projects could not consider climate change under the RMA, hence removing a crucial legal control on polluters’ greenhouse gas emissions.

The Court of Appeal said the RMA provides local authorities with the power to take into account the likely effects of climate change, but not to give consideration to the causes of climate change. This has helped pave the way for Genesis’ proposed gas-fired power station at Rodney.

Greenpeace appealed the decision to the Supreme Court.

“This State Owned Enterprise (SOE) - whose shareholders are government ministers – used public money to remove critical legal protection for the climate in New Zealand irrelevant under the law,” said Gravatt.

Gravatt said the fact Chief Justice Sian Elias dissented from the Supreme Court decision showed that the Greenpeace argument on the interpretation of the amendment had merit. “Of course we’re disappointed that the majority disagreed with the Chief Justice, and this underlines the fact that not only was the law unclear, but that it must be amended urgently to protect the climate.

“The law as it now stands could allow millions of tonnes of greenhouse gases to be emitted without any regulatory consideration of their impact on climate change. This is a serious loophole in terms of climate protection.”

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why Raising Corporate Taxes Has Become A Hot New Political Cause

Surprisingly, “raising taxes” has become a very fashionable political idea in 2021. That’s right. After decades of being seen (at best) as a necessary evil, higher corporate taxes are now being treated as the Great Good Thing that will revive the US economy, re-distribute wealth productively, help to build neglected and decaying public infrastructure, fund public health, address social inequality, restore a sense of community and generally make everyone feel better about the society in which they live... More>>

 

Government: Delivers Next Phase Of Climate Action

The Government is delivering on a key election commitment to tackle climate change, by banning new low and medium temperature coal-fired boilers and partnering with the private sector to help it transition away from fossil fuels. This is the first ... More>>

Government: Independent Experts To Advise On Post-Vaccination Future

The Government is acting to ensure decisions on responding to the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic are informed by the best available scientific evidence and strategic public health advice. “New Zealand has worked towards an elimination ... More>>

Travel: Trans-Tasman Bubble To Start 19 April

New Zealand’s successful management of COVID means quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and Australia will start on Monday 19 April, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and COVID-19 Response Minister Chris ... More>>

ALSO:


Health: Drug-Testing Law To Be Made Permanent

Interim legislation that is already proving to keep people safer from drugs will be made permanent, Health Minister Andrew Little says. More>>

World Travel: New Zealand Temporarily Suspending Travel From India - PM Jacinda Ardern

Travel into New Zealand from India - including for New Zealand citizens and residents - is being temporarily suspended because of high numbers of Covid-19 cases. More>>

Finance: Crown Accounts Again Better Than Forecast

Hon Grant Robertson Minister of Finance The economic recovery from COVID-19 continues to be reflected in the Government’s books, which are again better than expected. The Crown accounts for the eight months to the end of February 2021 showed both OBEGAL ... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels