If you need one reason not to vote for Gareth Morgan’s party – this is it

Gareth Morgan’s The Opportunities Party would ban subsidies on fossil fuels, increase the price of carbon and overhaul energy efficiency efforts under a climate change policy launched this evening.

The party argues that New Zealand needs a plan to get to zero-carbon economy by the middle of the century, at a time when the country still emits around 7.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide per person – much higher than the world average of 4.9 tonnes.

“Climate change isn’t going away, and New Zealand needs to have net zero carbon emissions by 2050,” said the party’s chief of staff, Geoff Simmons.

“Currently we don’t even have a plan.

“TOP’s plan is to have a proper price on carbon, one that reflects the challenge of meeting our 2030 and 2050 targets.”

Man-made climate change is one of the bigger scams foisted upon us by corrupt scientists and willing politicians. ?Nothing that has been predicted has come to pass. ?Nothing!

And on that basis, Gareth wants us all to chase pointless targets at a huge cost to our economy and personal wealth. ?

As it stands, the current government is already going far enough.

Under the Paris Agreement, the Government has pledged to slash its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent from 2005 levels and 11 per cent from 1990 levels by 2030 – a target that would be achieved mainly through carbon trading mechanisms.

The Government is also enacting changes to carbon trading, including phasing out the one-for-two ETS subsidy, which allowed some businesses to pay one emissions unit for every two tonnes of pollution they emit.

The initial 50 per cent unit cost increased to 67 per cent from January 1, and would rise to 83 per cent from January 1, 2018.

All sectors in the ETS would pay the full market price from January 1, 2019.

Alongside the ETS review, the Government has established three expert groups to plant more trees, reduce agricultural emissions, and adapt to the environmental impact of climate change, as well as invest $2 billion in public transport, $20 million annually in agricultural greenhouse gas research and $200m for international climate-related support.

There is nothing wrong with reducing emissions, waste and pollution. ?That’s a given. ?But to implement such ridiculous targets on the basis of science that is so “settled” that none of the predictions made for decades have come true is nothing short of insane.

Which nicely brings us back to Gareth.


– NZ Herald