Greenpeace statement re proposed changes to Emissions Trading Scheme

Press release - September 24, 2012
Auckland 24/9/12: Responding to the concerns raised by the Kyoto Forestry Association about the Government’s proposed amendments to the Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading and Other Matters) Amendment Bill, Greenpeace Senior Climate Campaigner Simon Boxer said:

"Yet again we've seen another broken promise from John Key's Government to take action and reduce pollution. By gutting the Emissions Trading Scheme any progress to tackle climate change will be drowned out by the sound of chainsaws, as trees fall to be replaced by industrial dairy farms -  and more emissions."

"This is just another example of the Government writing laws to suit the country's biggest polluters, to the enormous cost of ordinary New Zealanders," he continued.

"The Government needs to kick-start the move towards a cleaner, smarter way of doing business. Making polluters pay for the damage they do to our air and our land will ensure a brighter future for us all."