Shaw will be happy when we are all miserable

Climate Change Minister James Shaw says that he will be happy if  the rest of us are “equally unhappy” with the final state of the Zero Carbon Bill.  That is so comforting to know.

Newshub reports: Quote.

More than 15,000 submissions were made on the proposed Bill. More than 90 percent [mostly from Greenpeace] said they want a target of net zero emissions across all greenhouse gases by 2050.

“The results that we’re seeing through this consultation are broadly consistent with the messages we’re getting from public opinion polling,” the Green Party co-leader told Newshub Nation on Saturday.

He said there were responses from every industrial business sector and lots of environmental organisations, but the vast majority came from individuals. End of quote.

I realise that politicians are not known for their honesty so that is probably why Shaw did not clarify that last statement with “on identical boilerplate submissions provided by Greenpeace and Generation Zero.” Quote.

“While there’s a very clear steer that’s coming through from these submissions, there are some quite strong voices in there with concerns about the speed or the scale of the transition, or how it’s going to affect particular industries, and you have to pay attention to those voices as well otherwise you just don’t have a sustainable solution.” End of quote.

Well, I have some breaking news for you James, zero carbon is NOT a sustainable solution. It is a pie-in-the-sky nonsense slogan. Quote.

The Bill won’t be a partisan push. After all, as Mr Shaw points out, it was [to their eternal shame] a National-led Government that signed New Zealand up to the Paris Agreement, which commits New Zealand to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions to 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2050.

“We are talking through the detail of the targets between the Government and the Opposition as we negotiate the final form of the Bill,” said Mr Shaw. End of quote.

That is what is so disheartening about this whole deal. Muller (National’s climate change spokesman) and Bridges et al completely buy into this carbon is evil nonsense.  Quote.

“I have a view, but there are options that are in front of us and we are talking through the detail of how we do that. I think the thing that people are going to have to realise is that it’s going to involve some compromise from everyone. No one is going to get everything that they want as a result of this process… As long as everyone’s equally unhappy, we have a chance of getting this over the line.”

But Greenpeace NZ executive director Russel Norman disagrees with this approach. End of quote.

Russel is unhappy, there’s a surprise. Quote.

“Do you really want climate policy in New Zealand to be hostage to the backbenches of the National Party? […] End of quote.

Huh?  National is onboard, they want a cross-party solution. I can’t see any hostage takers in their ranks. Quote.

[Climate change] is too important to water down to some kind of commission that has no powers, doesn’t even affect all gases.”

But Mr Shaw says while they may not end up with a “perfect” Bill, it’s more important to establish clear targets, a pathway for reaching them and set up the independent Climate Change Commission.

“If you get those things in place, then you’ll see a huge signal sent into the economy about the scale of change, and things will start to unlock and move very quickly.” […] End of quote.

I think ‘unravel’ would be a better word than ‘unlock’ in that sentence. Quote.

No date has been set for the Bill’s introduction to Parliament.

“In my view it’s more important to get it right, than it is to worry about a few weeks here or there.” End of quote.

But it may not be “perfect”.


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WH is a pale, stale, male who does not believe all the doom and gloom climate nonsense so enjoys generating CO2 that the plants need to grow by driving his MG.

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