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Greens critical of Govt climate change timeline

The government says it’ll be five years before it’s ready to tackle in earnest its ambitious new greenhouse emissions target announced this week.

It’s aiming for a 30% reduction on levels set in 2005.

Green Party climate spokesman Dr Kennedy Graham said the figure is patently inadequate – and comes with a touch of deception.

He said they’ve “switched the goalposts from 1990 which has always been the base year for the last 25 years, to 2005, to try and dress it up.”

“30% off 2005 is actually 10-11% off 1990.”

Climate Change Minister Tim Groser says 70% of our emissions come from the agricultural and transport – and transport will be the easier task.

He said that everywhere he looks “there are decreasing costs in electrics and hybrids and plug in hybrids, so maybe in 5 or 10 years we will be able to replace the gas in our tanks with renewable energy.”

However, Mr Groser wasn’t taking technological advances for granted.

“We’re trying to peer into a distant future frankly, we have to be careful. We can’t assume all of this technology is going to be commercially available for our people in the next 15 years, but I think you’d have to be pretty pessimistic to take that view.”

Dr Kennedy Graham said this was nothing but spin.

“It’s nowhere near enough to save the climate from a higher than 2 degree temperature increase.”

– Newstalk ZB

Comments

Guest on 8/07/2015 12:50am

So what the hell is trying to reduce Carbon emissions going to achieve? Nothing!

As usual it’s just a political response and totally impractical. We will no doubt have rediculous rules imposed all in the rediculous persuit of this target.

Whatever is done will be a joke because “Mummy Nature” is gonna do what she always does.

As I heard once – “The Planet is fine and will look after itself whether we are here or not, it’s not the Planet that is buggered it’s the people on it”

Cheers.

John on 8/07/2015 4:12am

As usual it’s just a political response and pointless (there fixed it for you).

What it will achieve is less money in your bank account and more money in theirs.

It will do nothing for the planet but they will claim the moral high ground. The first politician that calls BS on this scam will get my vote. At the moment though it appears the lunatics have taken over. 

Some good reading for anyone, written by Jim Steele – Director emeritus Sierra Nevada Field Campus – San Francisco State University. web search Apocalyptic scare mongering sometimes Rush Limbaugh is right. He shows how modern man is good for the planet not the other way round.

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