New Zealand signs up to Climate Change subterfuge

Leaders from 175 countries, including New Zealand, signed the climate change accords in New York this morning, potentially paving the way for the agreement to come into force years ahead of schedule.

The Paris Agreement covers more than 90 per cent of the world’s emissions with 188 countries taking part in the negotiations held in France in December last year.

“We are in a race against time,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the gathering.

“The era of consumption without consequences is over.”

Many now expect the climate agreement to enter into force long before the original deadline of 2020.

Some say it could happen this year.

Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett says while New Zealand’s 2030 target of reducing emissions to 30 per cent below 2005 levels was ambitious, she is confident of success.

“The next step is for more of the operational details to be fleshed out so New Zealand can consider timing and the best way to ratify the agreement,” Ms Bennett said.

So we signed up to something and we have no idea how to achieve it.  We actually have to still figure it out.  How’s that for awesome?   The thing to remember is that the agreement is non-binding, so yeah, whatever.

John Key’s put all his eggs in the “technology will provide the answer” basket, but to be honest, none of the politicians that are making decisions about climate today will be around to answer for the results, or the lack of them, when it actually becomes clear in 50 years time how much of the whole thing was actually true.

Some decades ago, the world decided to attack pollution.  Clean up the air and waterways.  And that’s a good thing to do no matter what your political persuasion.  Most of the western countries have stopped discharging untreated waste, and we are all better off for it.

And so it is with measures that mitigate climate change.  They may not actually have the desired effect, but the general environmental and life-style improvements that the search for “greener” production will generate is something we can all benefit from.

You may have seen this earlier this week.  If not, I recommend you watch it.  It makes it extremely obvious that by tackling climate change, we need to be looking ahead, and not apply bans and taxes.

 

– One News, TVNZ

 


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  • Greg M

    New Zealand will be signing up to every crackpot accord going until Helen is anointed as leader of the world, then hopefully things will return to some semblance of normality.

    • Orca

      I wouldn’t hold my breath, in fact the funniest part would be Aunty Helen trying to tell the world what light bulbs and shower fittings to use in order to save the planet.

  • Red_NZ

    looking forward to all the anti TPPA protesters getting out and hitting the streets because of the lack of consultation on this Accord…. Oh that’s right they’re happy with us handing our countries sovereignty to the UN

  • Keanne Lawrence

    Heralded as being signed on World Day it might be more aptly named Fairy Day. The global warming alarmists continue to ignore how history has recorded how mankind has adapted starting with moving upright or handling adversity.
    It is mind boggling to consider the cumulative costs as illustrated in the video especially if were to spend even a modest proportion on essential things.

  • Dave of the West Bank

    This should be compulsory viewing for all politicians before they sign anything to do with climate.

    I first heard Dick Lindzen in 2010 and I’ve never failed to be impressed by his calm and knowledgeable imparting of just plain common sense.

  • dumbshit

    Miss Bennet, could have shown some real commitment, by “rowing” home! You wonder if they have read both sides of the argument, and have formed an opinion, or is it just “group” speak, and are singing from the same song sheet.

  • Orca

    Even the 50 to 1 analysis is really only the tip of the iceberg too, because it only looks at the effect made by those countries that are attempting to do something, not the effect of the majority of the world’s population, which is not. A large chunk of the carbon taxes go to developing countries, and are used to massively expand their emissions-producing industry, which aren’t subject to the same controls. Given that those populations are the vast majority, and growing fast, then those increases will greatly outweigh any miniscule decreases in the western world. So the net effect is massively negative.

  • RightofSingapore

    “And so it is with measures that mitigate climate change. They may not actually have the desired effect, but the general environmental and life-style improvements that the search for “greener” production will generate is something we can all benefit from.”

    If by mitigating you mean adapting to a slightly warmer world rather than trying to curb emissions, then that is true. But it should be up to the free market and private enterprise rather than having meddling bureaucrats to drive it, politicians mess things up.

  • Rick H

    This issue is the big one that I worship Tony Abbott over.
    Finally, a man with balls big enough to say “NO” – to paying a cent to these con-men.

    I just with our “Govt” could grow a pair as well, instead of trying to appease the nutbars.

  • cows4me

    National are rapidly turning into everything I despise, this desire to follow the lemmings is quite sickening. They seem to have caught lefty disease, from country destroying H&S rules to this utter crap, we are been governed by simpletons and people who have become to accustomed to power and are now making very stupid decisions.

  • RealKiwi

    AGW component could theoretically exist but would be overwhelmed by natural variations
    or “Noise”, there are so many “Degrees of Freedom” with climate and therefore can’t be controlled by any measures we take including CO2 reduction to where there would be a discernible outcome.

  • PersonOfColor:WHITE

    And so it is with measures that mitigate climate change. They may not actually have the desired effect, but the general environmental and life-style improvements that the search for “greener” production will generate is something we can all benefit from.

    Au contraire!

    Diverting money, effort and energy away from useful things on the scale involved in preventing the 5% of CO2 humans emit (and the 0.15% of that 5% in NZ) is an appallingly stupid thing to do that will have NO desired effect and nil ‘improvements’.

    The cost of the bureaucracy alone created would fund a small city.

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