National: everyone else must cut emissions by 40%

by frog

I know we keep banging on about climate change a lot over here, but this is just amazing so I had to post it!

From No Right Turn:

So, having set itself an utterly pathetic climate change target of 10% – 20%, and derided all talk of going for 40%, guess what target the New Zealand government is demanding from everyone else?

That’s right – 30 – 40 percent:

Overnight, New Zealand told delegates from 190 countries in Bonn that the Government’s emissions reduction target of 10-20% below 1990 levels is dependent on developed countries as a whole cutting their emissions to 30-40% below 1990 levels. “My jaw hit the floor,” said Geoff Keey, who was in the meeting at the time. “New Zealand has effectively told the rest of the developed world that if they work really hard to reduce their emissions by up to 40% below 1990 levels by 2020, we’ll do half of that.

“There’s been so much rhetoric from the Government about New Zealand doing its “fair share” – they’re now calling for other countries to pick up our slack.”

This is just pure hypocrisy.

And as the icing on the cake:

New Zealand also admitted that the 2020 target will be achieved mostly by carbon offsets and not through actual emission reductions.

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Published in Environment & Resource Management | THE ISSUES by frog on Fri, August 14th, 2009   

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