Cutting our heart out on the "Green" altar

It seems that far from Nick Smith?s extreme and globally-unique all-sectors/all-gases ETS being necessary to protect NZ?s reputation, our obsession with doing economic harm to ourselves ahead of any other country in the world is what risks making us a laughing stock ? see yesterday?s Wall Street Journal editorial as an example. It starts off bad and only gets worse.

To the annals of global warming lunacy, add this gem from New Zealand: According to a parliamentary committee, Kiwis should accept lower standards of living to protect the national image abroad.

The findings of the “Emissions Trading Review Committee” aren’t binding, but they tell much about how deep today’s green religion runs. New Zealand has a nominally conservative government run by Prime Minister John Key. But even Mr. Key won’t consider completely disavowing environmental taxes in the form of cap-and-trade?he just wants to soften them. He ordered a parliamentary committee last year to figure out how.

Their report, issued last week, doesn’t question disputed United Nations climate-change assumptions, nor explain the cost to the average Kiwi of taxing every corner of the economy?especially agriculture, the country’s biggest export. The authors brush aside the fact that New Zealand only emits 0.2% of global emissions, calling it “small,” but “not insignificant.” Thus Wellington should “act now” to reduce emissions “to protect our international reputation, particularly in the areas of trade and tourism.”

This is green PR gone wild. New Zealand already boasted one of the world’s most pristine environments before it passed cap-and-trade last year. The law, if anything, has made the country less green, not more so. As soon as the former Labour government started talked about global-warming initiatives, foresters started chopping down trees to reduce their carbon footprint?and cost of buying emissions permits in the future. Over the past few years, New Zealand has experienced severe deforestation. Economic activity in the sector has plateaued.

As I understand things, Nick the Dick continues to tell the National Party caucus and the coalition partners that his ETS is in line with international developments.? That is a big fat lie.? Not a single other country in the world is even remotely contemplating an all-sectors/all-gases ETS ? and he must surely know it.

It is time to end the caterwauling about about fixing something that, at least in terms of New Zealand, isn’t a problem. The bunkum science must be ignored and red-faced, silly twats from nelson should be ignored too.

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