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New Zealand's emissions trading scheme - world famous in New Zealand

18 May 2010


New Zealand's emissions trading scheme - world famous in New Zealand


Don Nicolson, President of Federated Farmers, speaking to the Australian Farm Institute's Agriculture and Greenhouse Emissions Conference.


It's my warm pleasure to be here in the beautiful city of Adelaide. I know Australians consider New Zealand the shaky isles while we, in turn, look to Australia, Queensland especially, as potentially the West Island of New Zealand.


So I wish to sincerely thank Mick Keogh and the Institute's staff, for the opportunity to be on the big island.  Only last month we collectively celebrated on ANZAC Day, the strong bond that exists between our two nations.  Yet when it comes to emissions trading we are striking out on divergent paths.


Its ironic Federated Farmers has had more media coverage in Australia on the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme than back across the Tasman.  Here, you have a media that has shown a detachment and a willingness to revisit past positions; in New Zealand we get clichés.   Let me illustrate.

National’s ETS Justifications Ridiculous

John Boscawen MP, ACT New Zealand
Press Release Tuesday, May 18 2010.

Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson is just the latest in a long line of National MPs to use incorrect and misleading statements in a desperate attempt to justify the impending implementation of the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), ACT Climate Change Spokesman John Boscawen said today.

"Despite running out of arguments to convince the public that there is a point to the ETS, National still insists on imposing it on our economy," Mr Boscawen said.

Protest ETS Introduction

Kiwi Party Press Release

Sunday 16 May, 2010

Kiwi Party leader Larry Baldock and party members will join today with members of the Climate Realists Network in protesting the planned introduction of the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). The protest will take place outside the National Party’s Central North Island conference in Hamilton during the time of the Keynote speeches by the Prime Minister, John Key, and Minister for Climate Change issues, Nick Smith. 

“The Kiwi Party reiterates its opposition to the ETS. I opposed the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol when I was in parliament,” said Mr Baldock, “and I have seen no evidence since then to convince me that the obligations imposed by Kyoto upon us all are in the interests of New Zealand or the global climate.
From its inception, the Kiwi Party has resisted pressure to swallow all the hype and spin surrounding the theory of anthropogenic global warming.

Alan Nicholl series to Gisborne Herald Editor

Saturday 15 May 2010 7.57am

Dear sir,

I have just read your editorial of May 13 and applaud you on some of the points raised, however it appears that you do not fully understand the facts.

Statistics NZ advise that livestock numbers have fallen 8,000,000 stock units since 1990, this amounts to over 900,000 dairy cows,1.3 Million beef cows, 8 million ewes, to say that farmers must play their part, when numbers are already well below 1990 levels is ridiculous.

1990 is the level we are supposed to meet according to Kyoto. Pastoral Farmers have already met this level and more. This means that farming is not to blame for increased emissions but other sections of the economy are.


You also suggest we should do something until science proves humans are not causing warming. Who may I ask will decide when science has decided this, the UN IPCC or science in general? The only people our politicians are prepared to listen to, seems to be the UN. This causes a dilemma as the UN is pushing human caused warming as hard as it can and has no intention of backing down, even though many more scientists oppose the theory than actually support it.

A report from one of the original reviewers at the beginning stated that no scientist found any evidence of human caused warming yet the UN report when published stated there was, and quoted those scientist as their source. Who should we believe? I am aware of scientists who supported the theory initially, that are now against it, once they examined the facts themselves. If you want to investigate this I suggest you contact the science coalition or even Neil and Esther Henderson, I am sure they would happily point you in the right direction.

ETS Mistake Shows National’s Numbers Can’t Be Trusted

John Boscawen MP, ACT New Zealand
Press Release Friday, May 14 2010.

Reports yesterday that the number of firms eligible for free emissions allocations under the ETS are estimated to increase from 65 to 800 shows that when the legislation to amend the scheme was passed last November, no-one truly understood the details of the scheme and the impact it would have on our economy," ACT Climate Change Spokesman John Boscawen said.

"The number of firms eligible for free emissions allocations under National’s ETS has increased by 1,200 percent.  While this is good as it will minimise the cost imposed on trade exposed businesses, it is still a fundamental miscalculation.  You don’t miss the mark by over 1000 percent unless you truly didn’t understand what you were passing," Mr Boscawen said.


Broadcasting Standards Authority rules farmers can be called polluters.

Pastural Farming Climate Research

The Broadcasting Standards Authority has not upheld a complaint laid by Robin Grieve about a TV One news item.    An item on One News, broadcast on TV One at 6pm on Wednesday 18 November 2009, discussed the Government’s new Emissions Trading Scheme. The news presenter introduced the item by saying:

Farmers may have to fork out an extra $3000 a year in pollution taxes by the year 2030. The Prime Minister says the Agricultural Sector must pay its share under the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Immediately after the introduction, the reporter stated that “Agriculture is our biggest polluter, but farmers say they’re being stung for more than their fair share.”

My complaint was that not only is it insulting and derogatory to use the term pollution and polluter, it is inaccurate.

Farmers may be NZ’s biggest producer of carbon dioxide equivalents, but these are not pollutants. They are not pollutants because they are not real; they do not exist in the atmosphere because they are only a unit of measure. For farmers to be polluters they have to be producing a pollutant or polluting something. The only real thing they produce is CO2 & CH4 & N2O. None of these are pollutants.

NIWA scientists’ misconduct ‘absolutely clear’

Tuesday, 11 May 2010, 2:20 pm Press Release: New Zealand Climate Science Coalition NIWA scientists’ misconduct ‘absolutely clear’

NIWA has denied allegations that its scientists misled Ministers regarding the warming trend shown in New Zealand’s official historical temperature record. The accusations of misleading were made by Hon Rodney Hide in an address to Federated Farmers last Thursday.

Barry Brill, chairman of the New Zealand Climate Science Coalition, said today: “the evidence of misconduct by NIWA scientists is absolutely clear. It is exemplified by Dr David Wratt labelling the 1930 data from four selected stations as an ‘11-station Series’.

“Carbon Capture & Burial -all Carbon Cemeteries are already Full.”

The Carbon Sense Coalition today called for an end to the colossal waste of community resources and energy on research and development for “Carbon Capture and Burial”.

The Chairman of “Carbon Sense”, Mr Viv Forbes, said that billions of dollars are being wasted on sacrifices to the global warming god - endless bureaucracy, politicised research, piddling wind and solar schemes, roof insulation disasters, ethanol subsidies, carbon credit forests, carbon trading frauds and huge compliance costs.
“But perhaps the biggest waste of all is the futile quest to capture carbon dioxide from power stations, separate it, compress it, pump it long distances and force it down specially drilled bore holes, hoping it will never escape.

From Alan Nicholl

For 40 years I have been a voter and observer of the political scene in this country. I remember past political manoeuvring and promises made, bills passed supposedly to enhance our nations future, but failing miserably, reforms to health, education etc, by one party being turned over by the other party, wasting billions of dollars and causing widespread disruption and chaos.

There was a hope MMP would bring some stability to government here, how misguided we were. Politics and politicians haven’t changed. Today’s politician can not remember what they said last week let alone 18mths -2years ago, what they opposed then they now embrace, what was idiotic and stupid is now desirable. They make vague promises and speak words like; equality with Australia, the need to increase productivity and make this nation into the Pacific jewel, yet all the while their actions show they are working to bring this nation to its knees. The North American Indians had a phrase for this “Paleface speak with forked tongue”

National Continues to Mislead New Zealanders

John Boscawen MP, ACT New Zealand
Press Release
Friday, May 7 2010.

ACT Climate Change spokesperson John Boscawen today voiced his concerns that some National Party MPs appear to be misleading the public over the costs of the ETS.

"In response to concerns by New Zealanders some National MPs are distributing a standard form email that contains a number of factual errors and misleading statements.  In particular, National MPs are saying that: ‘In the next 12 months the government will pay $1.1 billion to foresters, in the form of emissions credits for forests planted since 1990’," Mr Boscawen said.

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