Geoff Simmons of the Morgan Foundation tells a good story about dodgy uncle Trev, fake bank notes and real moro bars while he fact-checks Paula Bennett on the integrity of the surplus emission units. It’s a real triple-dip!
The Morgan Foundation’s Geoff Simmons has done a
whiteboard Friday video on Minister for Climate Change Issues Paula Bennett’s claim that the surplus emission units are not tainted by the 97 million fake Russian and Ukrainian emission reduction units that the Climate Cheats report of April 2016 showed had been handed to the Government under the NZ emissions trading scheme.
Geoff explains the issue very well and has the numbers right. More than that, I think Geoff should get the
Joe Romm language intelligence award for using a great metaphor for New Zealand’s unethical use of the ‘hot air’ Ukrainian and Russian emission reduction units. Continue reading “Moro bars and triple dips: Geoff Simmons fact checks Paula Bennett’s clean unit claim”
Simon Johnson aka Mr February looks at the Government’s latest token consultation about tinkering with the train-wreck New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme. We are still driving fast towards a cliff but the argument has moved from which gear to air-con versus heater. The Government has kindly given us the opportunity to make a submission about how hot or cold we should be as we go over the emissions cliff.
Back in September 2012, when Tim Groser and the National Government were last watering down the
New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZETS), I wrote a post that used an excellent metaphor for amending the NZETS, tinkering with the gears while driving a car fast towards a cliff.
All credit should go to former Greens co-leader
Jeanette Fitzsimons who had absolutely nailed her answer to questions from TVNZ about the relevance of amendments to the NZETS.
“Look, its like we are in a very fast car, we are heading towards a cliff, which is getting really close, and we are arguing whether to change from fifth to fourth gear”.
Now we roll forward and there is
another review of the woeful NZETS.
Continue reading “How fast over the cliff? More tinkering with the train-wreck NZ Emissions Trading Scheme”
Mr February (aka Simon Johnson) looks at the Labour Party’s climate change policy and concludes it’s not exactly innovative.
As I was saying in my previous post Labour do have a seven page climate change policy that is at first look pretty comprehensive.
begin the transition to a low carbon clean energy economy
set ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets and plans to achieve them
set up an independent climate change commission
will implement a comprehensive risk assessment framework in order to develop a comprehensive climate change response plan
establish a carbon budget process
achieve 90% renewable electricity generation target by 2025
reduce per capita domestic transport emissions 50% by 2040 from a base year of 2007
ensure that there is no retail carbon price gouging of consumers
manage the transition to ensure social justice particularly with respect to low income families
restore the carbon price to the NZETS (NZ Emissions Trading Scheme)
require emitters to cover at least half their emissions with NZ issued Units (not the cheap international ‘hot air’ units).
bring agriculture into the NZETS from 1 January 2016
give agriculture a free allocation of NZ units equal to 90% of 2007 production
Continue reading “Something old, something blue, something borrowed, not much new: Labour’s climate policy”