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National 100% dirty on the environment and the economy

Posted by on November 15th, 2012

This month the National Government pulled New Zealand out of the Kyoto II negotiations to tackle climate change. With John Key’s blessing, the Minister for Climate Change Issues Tim Groser put our country squarely in the fringe group of the world’s big polluters. How can National expect the developing world to commit to targets for curbing emissions when they won’t show good faith by doing the same?

Everyone can see the National Party are lost in a time warp on economics and the environment. In National’s twilight every problem can be ignored just as long as their mates can milk more cows and burn more coal, and especially if everyone else can be kept quiet. That’s why National abolished democracy in Canterbury: they’re so consumed with protecting their failed ideologies from the facts that they can’t even tolerate Cantabrians having a voice to say our rivers shouldn’t be making kids sick.

Today the Pure Advantage clean-tech group of business leaders issued their second landmark report on the multi-trillion opportunity in clean-tech and renewable energy.

The report comes with detailed analysis from some of the world’s leading economists and climate scientists. It’s a must read for anyone with an interest in turning around New Zealand’s economic decline.

Pure Advantage’s contribution proves what most New Zealanders instinctively know: the economy and the environment are two sides of the same coin. Protecting our environment not only doesn’t have to harm our economy – it can be the best thing for it.

Earlier this year, when Pure Advantage launched their first report, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce responded with an insulting attack on the trustees which include Sir George Fistonich, Rob Fyfe, Chris Liddell, Phillip Mills, Jeremy Moon, Rob Morrison, Geoff Ross, Justine Smythe, Mark Solomon, Sir Stephen Tindall, Joan Withers and Duncan Stewart.

But today Bill English was trotted out to do the government’s dirty work.

The Finance Minister had hours of advanced warning that I would be grilling the government about Pure Advantage: my question was on written notice.

But in all that time English didn’t even bother to read the report. It’s a 100% dirty disgrace.

In the coming days National MPs will spout all the usual nonsense and deny and demean science and sustainable economic growth, and may abuse the Pure Advantage team some more (unless they’ve learned from their earlier foot-in-mouth outbreak).

But the facts are clear. This government took New Zealand out of the international effort to stop climate change and they’ve just set a new record for unemployment too. National have no credibility on either the environment or the economy.

The only way New Zealand will have a clean, green, clever and growing economy is if Kiwis clean the National Party out of our Parliament come election time.


6 Responses to “National 100% dirty on the environment and the economy”

  1. Jack Ramaka says:

    Time to clean up our waterways, this is totally unacceptable behaviour and the Local Councils need to be held accountable for not enforcing the standards.

  2. Martin Manning says:

    Congratulations on taking the strong line that our environment and economics are two sides of the same coin. The current government’s approach to environmental management ignores that fact, and is putting us increasingly out of step with many other countries. The Pure Advantage report is being polite, but one can see that there is a lot being said between the lines about current policy being focused on the 20th century instead of the 21st.

  3. Louise says:

    Good to see such a tangible example of this governments hypocrisy and duplicity held up for all to see, Any chance it will help the undecided/ swinging voters at election time?

  4. Louise says:

    Good to see such a tangible example of this governments hypocrisy and duplicity held up for all to see, Any chance it will help the undecided/ swinging voters at election time?

  5. Louise says:

    Good to see such a tangible example of this governments hypocrisy and duplicity held up for all to see, Any chance it will help the undecided/ swinging voters at election time?

  6. Jenny says:

    To fight the war against climate change leadership is necessary.

    Where will this leadership come from?

    Apologists and Ignorers of climate change are dominant, one each, in two of the major parties in parliament. And the Greens are busy tailoring their party to fit with this paradigm.

    So for order of the day, the big political question is:

    Who will be New Zealand’s Climate Churchill?

    http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2011/12/06/383341/climate-pearl-harbors-from-procrastination-to-action/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+climateprogress%2FlCrX+%28Climate+Progress%29&mobile=nc

    “The Pearl Harbors are here. The Churchills and FDRs aren’t”

    The most difficult task, phase-out over the next 20-25 years of coal use that does not capture CO2, is herculean, yet feasible when compared with the efforts that went into World War II. The stakes, for all life on the planet, surpass those of any previous crisis. The greatest danger is continued ignorance and denial, which could make tragic consequences unavoidable.

    Target Atmospheric CO2: Where Should Humanity Aim? James Hansen, Makiko Sato, Pushker Kharecha, David Beerling, Valerie Masson-Delmotte, Mark Pagani, Maureen Raymo, Dana L. Royer, James C. Zachos

    http://www.columbia.edu/~jeh1/2008/TargetCO2_20080407.pdf

    So what was so special about Churchill?

    Winston Churchill, was a long serving Liberal Government MP and liberal cabinet Minister who lost his seat in the electoral landslide against the Liberals following WW1. Standing as a ‘constitutional anti-socialist’ independent, Churchill regained the conservative seat of Epping returning to parliament in 1924. Churchill however remained out of government from 1922 when he lost his original Liberal seat to 1939 when he was suddenly plucked from the obscurity of the back benches, to the premiership of the country. A promotion unrivaled in British parliamentary history.

    What distinguished Churchill from all the other back bench MPs?

    Despite the still ongoing Great Depression and massive social dislocation caused by mass unemployment. Rather than concentrate on economic issues, Churchill identified the rise of fascism as the singular greatest threat to civilisation. And refused, despite all sorts of pressure and abuse, to shut up about it. (Putting all British government MPs whether Liberal, Labour, or Conservative on notice.)

    The other thing that distinguished Churchill from his peers was that he was completely non-sectarian, prepared to work with any grouping or party that was opposed to fascism. Despite being of the Right Churchill was prepared to work with the minority Labour Party and even Communist Party members, if they were opposed to fascism. This history has been covered up, and the British Conservative Party have claimed Churchill as one of their own, (Churchill had nominally taken up Tory membership in 1925). But up until 1939 when events proved him right, the Conservatives had long harboured a deep distrust of Churchill.

    So who will it be, that will put NZ’s three parliamentary parties on notice that Climate Change cannot, and should not, be ignored?