Tagged: Nick Smith

Coates in Cancún: ministers on the job - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Dec 09, 2010

This is Barry Coates of Oxfam NZ’s fourth report from COP16 in Cancún: now we’re getting down to the nitty gritty… Things are starting to move here in Cancun. Most of the Ministers arrived today, joining around 30 who have been around since the weekend. Some were shoulder-tapped to do consultations on key issues, including [...] … Read More

Twas the night before… the ETS - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jun 30, 2010

Tomorrow morning, a large chunk of New Zealand’s much debated Emissions Trading Scheme comes into effect. Forestry’s already been in it for two years, but July 1st is the day that the liquid fuels and electricity generation sectors start to have to account for their emissions, and it’s the first day that consumers might see [...] … Read More

Who writes Rodney’s rubbish? - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Nov 29, 2009

Who’s this supporting the NZ C”S”C’s idiotic attempt to cast doubt on the NZ temperature record? Why, it’s none other than Rodney Hide, leader of the ACT Party, and Minister of Local Government, Associate Minister of Commerce, Minister of Regulatory Reform and Parliamentary principal climate crank. Hide has written to climate change minister Nick Smith, [...] … Read More

Global Warping - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Nov 25, 2009

Now that our illustrious government has finally managed to pass, at great cost to itself and the Maori party, a badly designed Emissions Trading Scheme – that absolutely everyone else hates –  it is time to wonder why anyone bothered. This expensive waste of political capital will achieve precisely nothing for our environment nor prevent [...] Related posts: … Read More

Weakened ETS now law - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Nov 25, 2009

The government’s amendments to the Emissions Trading Scheme became law this afternoon, thanks to support from the Maori Party [Stuff, Herald, Reuters]. Nick Smith called the changes “workable and affordable” and said that they struck “the right balance in protecting the future of our economy and our environment”, but Labour climate spokesman Charles Chauvel was [...] … Read More

Oram on ETS debacle: Business Council for Sustainable Development ordered to shut up by big emitters; Nick Smith guilty of ’breathtaking hypocrisy’ - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Nov 22, 2009

Fonterra and other big emitters have used their clout to silence the Business Council for Sustainable Development from commenting on National’s proposed changes to the emissions trading scheme, Rod Oram reveals in his Sunday Star Times column today. …on November 5 Barry Harris, Fonterra’s head of milk supply and sustainability, delivered a withering speech to the [...] … Read More

Muddled economics ignore reality - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Nov 04, 2009

“The analysis of the NZIER in their latest report is muddled and superficial”  Exactly. I was relieved to see this response from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Jan Wright, to the report the NZ Institute for Economic Research has just published on sustainable development priorities. The report’s findings on climate change are a challenge [...] … Read More