November 6th, 2009
The NZ Business Council for Sustainable Development says NZers oppose nearly all the major changes the Govt proposes to make to emissions trading and climate policy. They don’t want:
• Extended assistance to large emitters for up to 70 years.
• Large emitters being allowed to lift production and keep increasing emissions without a cap on overall emissions, provided emissions intensity is maintained.
• A three year domestic price cap on emissions.
• Any deal which would treat Maori owned forests differently.
There’s strong support for a proposal to copy UK law and set up an independent committee to advise on future changes to climate change policies. 44% want NZ to lead on climate change – only 15% think we’re doing so and 22% now think we’re moving slower than other countries. 82% want emitters to pay for their excess emissions, not taxpayers (3%).
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Business Council CEO Peter Neilson says the survey sends a clear signal to MPs to change the Bill to make sure subsidies to emitters are fair, paid only until needed, put a total limit on emissions – and to improve the way climate change policy is developed. see <www.nzbcsd.org.nz>.
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