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.
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.