Anyone who disagrees with the headline is free to post an explanation of how this target is going to be met. What each particular measure is and by how much it will reduce emissions. A cost estimate of the measure must also be included so us mere mortals can be informed as to how the Gods of Global warming that guide Nick Smith can share their ideas on how a broke country with a steadily declining economic situation is going to afford these reductions.
I say the reductions cannot be achieved and even if they could be, the cost would be unaffordable. What is more, it is my humble opinion that Smith and the rest of the government know this. The whole exercise is a charade, it will do nothing to reduce global warming, it will cost NZers already struggling under steadily declining living standards a huge increase in their weekly living expenses, and Smith should be fired for imposing this utterly looney false solution to a non existent problem upon the country.
Climate Change Minister Nick Smith today announced the Government’s long-term target of a 50% reduction in New Zealand greenhouse gases emissions from 1990 levels by 2050.
“Setting a long-term target provides long-term certainty about where domestic climate change policy is headed so we can plan and invest accordingly. The target is being gazetted today under the Climate Change Response Act 2002 and delivers upon National’s 2008 election promise,” Dr Smith said. Speaking at the New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute Forum in Wellington, Dr Smith said that feedback from a recent public consultation supported setting a long-term emissions reduction target.
“A wide variety of submissions were received – from those who expressed scepticism about climate change, to those who wanted a much stronger target,” Dr Smith said. “We believe a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 2050, or -50 by 50, strikes the right balance. It has New Zealand doing our fair share and is comparable with the targets set by our major trading partners.
Name these trading partners Mr. Smith. BTW, if Angela Merkel jumped off a cliff, would you do it too? As for our “fair share”, in what? A global scam that will do nothing to change the climate? Where’s China’s “fair share” Smith? What an utter farce.