Sun rose this morning, Greens complain about emissions target this afternoon

It was not surprising to see the Greens quickly condemn the New emissions target as not enough.

Govt’s emissions reduction target 100% pure spin

The National Government’s paltry emissions reduction target announced today means that New Zealand is not pulling its weight internationally when it comes to climate change, the Green Party said.

The Government announced a 2030 emissions reduction target of 30 percent off 2005 levels. This translates to an 11 percent reduction on 1990 levels.

“By committing to such a small reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, it means other countries will have to pick up our slack, or we’ll get runaway climate change,” said Green Party international climate negotiations spokesperson Dr Kennedy Graham.

“Our fair share is at least a 40 percent reduction on 1990 levels, and the Government’s target is not even close.

“If all countries followed New Zealand’s lead, catastrophic climate change would be the result.

“Using 2005 as a benchmark is pure spin; the target is a paltry 11 percent reduction on 1990 levels, which is the usual benchmark for emission reductions.

“New Zealand can do so much better.

“National is missing this opportunity to implement policies that are good for people and the climate.

“We have no choice but to transition to a low-carbon economy, but National will increase the cost of this transition by delaying.

“The Green Party has extended the invitation to start a genuine dialogue on climate policy with the Government, and what might be required in the next few years to bring New Zealand out of the ranks of laggards and into the ranks of leaders, on climate policy.

“New Zealanders, now and in the future, deserve a climate plan we can be proud of,” said Dr Graham.

I don’t think this never-enough approach is likely to influence much here.

There’s also been a outcry from the Twitterlefties.

The sun and the anger will rise again tomorrow.

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  1. kittycatkin

     /  7th July 2015

    The Greens wouldn’t think that 1000% reduction was enough.I bet that they all drive, fly and use electricity.

    Why did Kennedy Graham’s parents inflict that name on him ? It sounds as if it’s the wrong way around ?

  2. kittycatkin

     /  7th July 2015

    I meant ‘It sounds as if it’s the way around. No ?

    I don’t believe, though, that ANY reduction would be enough, even if it was less than nothing !!!

    ‘-1,000,000,000% reduction in emissions achieved.’

    ‘Not enough !’ say the Greens.

  3. Brown

     /  7th July 2015

    I heard Larry Williams talking to the green expert this evening and was concerned that the leftie monotone sounded almost reasonable. I had to punch myself in the head to break the trance. Whew, a close call with lunacy.

  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  7th July 2015

    We won’t get run away climate change or the planet would have run away already. CO2 levels have been much higher in the past without that happening. But loose talk and looser ideas are par for the environmental course these days.

  5. My response to the Greenies is why Carbon when its the Sun stupid that is causing Global weather changes. Agreeing to Carbon reductions is playing into the hands of the monied gamblers who see a ripe plum hanging. I am certain that I am correct and will be vindicated within 5 years.

  6. NZ’s GHG emissions are CO2 from transport and methane from cows and sheep. There is relatively little coal burned, so unlike most other countries adopting cleaner technologies is not an option.
    So to achieve significant emissions cuts, then the government has to:
    (a) stop people driving cars or taking planes. I note that the Greens themselves are very happy to fly about the country.
    (b) stop dairy and meat production. However, these operate in a global marketplace, so any reduction in NZ (pastoral) production would be picked up by increased production overseas (using feedlot), which would increase global HGH emissions.
    There is no easy way to achieve cuts to emissions (absent new technologies) for NZ. When the Greens go on about emissions targets without coming up with realistic ideas of doing so, it shows they are just about posturing rather than serious about solutions.


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