Posted 27 April 2010
Leaders of the New Zealand Climate Science Coalition have taken advantage of YouTube to take to their fellow-countrymen their message that the National-led Government's Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) due for introduction on 1 July 2010 must be deferred until other countries catch up - a message reinforced by the news today that Australia's Rudd Labour Government has put its proposed legislation on hold until 2013 at the earliest.
“The madness of the Government’s new carbon tax is that New Zealanders will be the only people in the world paying it. It will drive up the costs of living and undermine the competitiveness of New Zealand business for negligible environmental gain.” Nick Smith - Friday, 25 November 2005 http://www.nick4nelson.co.nz/nelson-marlborough-farming-december-column.html
On the 1st July, 2010, New Zealand’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is to be implemented.
The ETS is effectively a new tax that will affect most sectors of the New Zealand economy, raising prices for all New Zealanders.
It can be estimated it will eventually cost the average New Zealand household about $2500 - $3000 in higher prices (worsened by any increase in the rate of GST). In addition, Sheep and Beef farmers will become liable (at $25/tonne CO2) to $5,200, while Dairy farmers will pay over $10,000 each – with 75% of these levies commencing in July 2010. And then there is the jump in prices of EVERYTHING, followed by higher interest rates!
For no measurable changes to CO2 levels and climate!
There are no positives, only negatives for the people of New Zealand.
We join the business and farming communities in calling on the Government to defer the implementation of the ETS given:
- that it has just become known that Australia is deferring the implementation of its ETS scheme until 2013,
- that no other country has put in place any similar scheme,
- that its implementation will severely disadvantage NZ against its trading partners,
- that it will cause unnecessary hardship for a very large number of New Zealanders.
Five new videos - ‘The Emissions Trading Scheme: The Really Inconvenient Truth – For New Zealand’ - are now on YouTube
They can be found at the following links:
Barry Brill, Former Member of Parliament, Minister of Science, and Minister of Energy, and now Chairman of the NZCSC, overviews a brief history of the ETS and addresses its downsides.
Barry Brill - 7 mins - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Bu2t29Lu30
Professor Bob Carter from James Cook University (Queensland) provides a 20 minute interview about his new book - Climate: the Counter-Consensus * - in which he distinguishes three different aspects of the public discussion of climate change as corresponding to science reality, virtual reality (computer models) and socio-political reality. These distinctions have important scientific and policy implications, yet until recently they were absent from the public debate.
Prof Bob Carter PART 1 - 10 mins - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZxgJFTLppA
Prof Bob Carter PART 2 - 10 mins - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7wmPeAyoiE
Dr Jock Allison, former Director of the MAF Invermay Research Centre and critically involved in recent improvements to the NZ sheep industry, addresses the effect the ETS will have on Agriculture.
Dr Jock Allison - 10 mins - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXUdpZlwHuA
Bryan Leyland, is a consulting engineer specializing in electricity generation and transmission, and speaks to the effect of the ETS on the power industry.
Bryan Leyland - 6 mins - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROYt2m5B55I
Please watch the videos and spread this message far and wide!
Forward it to all who will be interested…and even those who are not! If they live in NZ, they will be affected by the ETS!
Or…’Cut and paste and pass along’…to all and sundry…
Or…if you have a website and want to embed the videos, go right ahead…
If you are concerned about the imposition of this totally unnecessary tax on the people of New Zealand, be sure to contact the National Government Caucus through a web page such as http://www.betterdemocracy.co.nz/email_mps.php and let them know in no uncertain terms what you think. It is very very simple to email all National Government members through this webpage.
New Zealand Climate Science Coalition
• Pre-publication details for Climate: the Counter-Consensus at