Maori Party backs off ETS bill
Thu, 25 Oct 2012 5:36a.m.
The Maori Party has withdrawn its support for a bill that changes the emissions trading scheme (ETS), cutting the Government's majority to a single vote.
The Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading and Other Matters) Amendment Bill weakens legislation introduced in 2009 to make industry sectors pay for pollution under an ETS.
The Government says it has had to take account of the international recession and ease the burden on households that would have had to meet the costs.
Agriculture is being given an indefinite reprieve and transitional arrangements for other sectors have been pushed out.
The Maori Party voted for the bill on its first reading in August, and it passed by 63 votes to 57.
It says that since then a flood of cheap carbon credits from overseas has distorted the local market and the ETS isn't strong enough to shift the behaviour of the big polluters.
United Future leader Peter Dunne has confirmed he will continue to support the bill, which gives the Government 61 votes against 60 from all the opposition parties.
The bill is due for its second reading next month.
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28/10/2012 10:13:30 a.m.
EST is the Cap n Trade scheme created by Enron (failed multi billion dollar fraudulent American company).
Quit kyoto & end EST because there are better things to spend our money on such as milk for the kids breakfasts. the money big business saves will either be used to employ more people, pay out dividends to retirement schemes or for capital investment to make for a more efficient workplace enabling higher wages.
25/10/2012 8:45:38 p.m.
most people only worry because they watched al gores dvd but he is just making it up to sell dvds and buy big condos and drive a ferrari - i mean when he returns home he is driving an suv saying "we should all be in a prius" al gore is just out to make money - and man made climate change is a myth...anyone every in nz complains they are poor yet WANTS to shell out more money in climate taxes???? pay more for fuel or power???? if the world floodsa bit we dont have to drive so far to get to the beach
25/10/2012 4:21:39 p.m.
This scheme has made NZ a standing joke. The only countries in the world who cause the most pollution are not effected by this and buy credits from countries who are reasonable clean to allow them to carry on polluting at the same rate they always have. we claim to be adhering to the ETS but export coal, what a joke.
25/10/2012 4:18:05 p.m.
about time The Maori Party, Peter Dunne ur time will come when ur ppl see ur true colour's and vote u out of Parliament
25/10/2012 2:41:01 p.m.
Here's kudos for the Maori Party. They recognise a scam when they see one.
25/10/2012 1:13:20 p.m.
Emissions trading just trades pollution from one business to another and has no benefit to the environment. As for value on air it is not valuing air, it is the pollutants put into the air you breathe. Carbon dioxide, Nitrous oxide, Sulphur, Ozone, Soot, particles the list goes on. Direct carcinogenic cancer causing emissions - carbon monoxide, benzine, sulphur and many other cancer causing pollutants. When you car engine is cold and when it slowly wear the catalytic converter contributes to sarin gas (commonly known as mustard gas) from engine blow-by of oil You fart methane lol. So yes the ETS and other emission trading schemes are just that, schemes. Air/nitrogen is free (Unless you are corporate Maori). Whats put in it is not.
25/10/2012 12:31:07 p.m.
If current Govt policy doesn't drop this idiotic idea of human influence on 'Climate Change', they will certainly lose my vote.
25/10/2012 11:45:49 a.m.
Well as to what Peter Dunne will do.You might as well say its a dun deal.As to Davids question,( How is value placed on air ) You need to breath air to live.
25/10/2012 10:15:09 a.m.
The ETS is a scam to benefit a select group of people who have convinced the majority of the benefits of the scheme. Who in their right minds would trade in a commodity, the value of which is determined by the instigators of the scheme, which has no physical substance. How is a value placed on air?
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