Jeanette Fitzsimons

Now we see the hidden costs of the ETS

by Jeanette Fitzsimons

Last night’s briefing on the ETS finally revealed the two missing columns from the curious page of numbers tabled in the House on Tuesday by Nick Smith.

That table, to the extent it was comprehensible at all, showed there would be a $415m cost to the taxpayer from now to 2013; a saving between 2013 and 2017; but numbers for later years were missing.

The full table occurs on page 33 of the explanatory note to the draft bill. The missing two columns, for 2020 and 2030, show a hefty annual cost to the Crown which by 2030 is estimated to be $2 billion every year. Isn’t that the same amount National can’t find the money for to put into the superannuation fund? It would also fund the completion of Auckland’s passenger rail network – in just one year – and take more cars off the road than the ETS will.

Your suggestions for what they should do with the $2 billion each year after that?

Published in Environment & Resource Management by Jeanette Fitzsimons on Thu, September 24th, 2009   

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