Emissions Trading Scheme Archive

  • Russel Norman

    The climate week that was - by Russel Norman

    This was the week we put climate change back on the political agenda. It seems people were waiting for it. The strength of feeling that’s emerged – frustration at New Zealand’s slide backwards into inertia over the climate crisis, anger at National’s indifference, excitement that the Greens have tabled a win-win proposal, and a real […] read more
    June 6, 2014 9:38 am - 18 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    “Rivers in the Sky” – the political dimension of Warsaw - by Kennedy Graham

    Every UN climate conference, when the diplomats are negotiating the future of the planet in the back-rooms and the political leaders are jawboning about it in the plenary halls, a different gaggle of creatures congregate to explore the same issue –albeit with a shade more personal freedom than is tolerated in the adjacent rooms. This […] read more
    November 20, 2013 4:19 pm - 4 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    We’re doing fine, it’s the world that’s at fault – climate change, Philippines, and Mr Groser - by Kennedy Graham

    The latest global storm, Typhoon Haiyan over the Philippines, is the strongest on record to make landfall. The statement by the chief Philippine climate negotiator, Yeb Sano, at the 19th annual UN negotiations in Warsaw, is perhaps the most eloquent cry of pain on behalf of humanity yet uttered. Mr Sano, whose family has been […] read more
    November 19, 2013 9:02 am - 18 Comments
  • Russel Norman

    Is Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Bill English a climate change denier? - by Russel Norman

    Is the Deputy Prime Minister of our country a climate change denier? It may well be the case. During question time in Parliament yesterday I wanted to get into the lack of focus and inaction from this Government on climate change which is starkly highlighted by the suffering our drought-stricken farmers are going through. I […] read more
    March 14, 2013 12:30 pm - 142 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    “As predictable as a Tui billboard ad…..” Mr Groser’s characterisation of his climate change policy - by Kennedy Graham

    The 18th UN annual climate change conference commenced on Monday.  I’ll be attending the 2nd week, and will blog from there about its dynamics and outcome. Meanwhile the Key Government, with breath-taking timing, has taken two decisions in the run-up to Doha, both resulting, intentionally or otherwise, in seriously weakening New Zealand’s climate change credentials […] read more
    November 28, 2012 10:45 am - 40 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Climate change and New Zealand – Mr Groser leads us to the promised land… - by Kennedy Graham

    Two months ago, international scientists reported that the Polar ice-cap had melted far faster than the IPCC anticipated, about 80% since 1980.  It might have its first ice-free day about 2015 (half a century ahead of expectations) and be completely ice-free around 2030-35. This was described as ‘terrifying news’ by the leading scientist, since it […] read more
    November 7, 2012 1:47 pm - 18 Comments
  • frog

    MEUG complains $145m free money isn’t enough - by frog

    The Major Electricity Users Group (MEUG) is complaing that the $145 million cash dollars of taxpayer money that Nick Smith’s ETS will give them between now and the end of 2012 is simply not enough free money. read more
    September 3, 2010 2:23 pm - 15 Comments
  • frog

    A government at war with its own Treasury - by frog

    In all the time I’ve been hopping around Parliament I’ve never heard a statement more extraordinary than this one: The numbers from Treasury are nonsense. Treasury can’t tell us what the deficit is going to be in December let alone what’s happening in 2030 or 2040. Now, I’ll admit to having a go at Treasury […] read more
    November 18, 2009 1:50 pm - 128 Comments
  • frog

    Burning the Mona Lisa to cook dinner - by frog

    Well known conservative commentator Thomas Friedman contends that destroying our biodiversity to fuel unregulated economic growth is like burning the Mona Lisa to cook dinner. The issue of how we should treat natural capital in our economy resurfaced today in a new economic think-tank report. read more
    November 3, 2009 3:49 pm - 11 Comments
  • frog

    George Orwell would be impressed with ETS minions - by frog

    In a classic case of doublethink, the minions at the Ministry for the Environment have withheld all the contents of an ETS cabinet document clearly labelled “Approved for Release”. read more
    October 13, 2009 3:59 pm - 66 Comments
  • frog

    One week left to submit on flawed ETS - by frog

    I’m using Nick Smith’s own words from last year because they are so suitable. This Government’s ETS legislation is so flawed and so rushed that it will require significant amendments after the election to make it workable. In the meantime, the rushed consultation period is coming to a close, hot on the heels of the […] read more
    October 7, 2009 10:05 am - 19 Comments
  • Jeanette Fitzsimons

    ETS is sure to spur growth – but what kind? - by Jeanette Fitzsimons

    Now here’s a great idea for economic development. Extract lignite, the lowest quality coal, very wet and of low calorific value. Add copious water pollution, coal seam methane and land disturbance from open cast mining. read more
    October 1, 2009 6:45 am - 20 Comments
  • 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 […] read more
    September 24, 2009 10:32 am - 10 Comments
  • Jeanette Fitzsimons

    ETS makes us the seventh state - by Jeanette Fitzsimons

    It is clear from the minister’s briefing last night that the main purpose of National’s changes to the ETS is to make us effectively the seventh state of Australia. The bill mimics exactly the bill the Rudd government has been trying (unsuccessfully) to get through the Australian senate. So a bill that has been twice […] read more
    September 24, 2009 9:17 am - 8 Comments
  • Jeanette Fitzsimons

    Wild and perverse ETS disincentives - by Jeanette Fitzsimons

    For the first six months of this year, wilding pine control cost DOC $811,000 in carbon liabilities – a large amount for a department that has already had its budget for this year cut by $13.5 million. That money could have saved some endangered species, increased the area of land under pest control, or – got rid of more wilding pines. read more
    September 22, 2009 1:27 pm - 39 Comments
  • Jeanette Fitzsimons

    Is Methanex poised to rort the taxpayer with National’s help? - by Jeanette Fitzsimons

    Methanex could get $87 million in free credits each year. Under the Labour scheme Methanex would have paid for their growth. Under National’s scheme, taxpayers do. read more
    September 20, 2009 10:09 am - 21 Comments
  • Jeanette Fitzsimons

    What’s wrong with the National-Maori Party ETS? - by Jeanette Fitzsimons

    Basically, it’s less obligation for everyone, and more delay. Taxpayers pick up the cost. It seriously weakens the scheme we have now, and will do little to reduce emissions. read more
    September 18, 2009 6:30 am - 41 Comments
  • Jeanette Fitzsimons

    The ETS, power prices and income compensation - by Jeanette Fitzsimons

    The Maori Party seems to be having difficulty getting the National Party to agree to raising the core benefit to compensate for higher electricity and transport fuel prices under the ETS. read more
    September 16, 2009 12:35 pm - 16 Comments
  • frog

    Nick Smith: incompetent, negligent, or something else? - by frog

    It’s a very serious question which I don’t take lightly, but I am beginning to wonder why the media aren’t asking this question when it comes to the Minister’s handling of the Climate Change portfolio. Probably the most vexing issue is the Minister’s cynical use of a flawed NZIER/Infometrics report, which he commissioned, in order […] read more
    August 24, 2009 6:46 am - 40 Comments
  • frog

    Recommended Sunday listening - by frog

    Some great listening and viewing this morning on NZ environmental issues. Podcasts and on-demand TV means those who slept in haven’t missed out – so enjoy. RadioNZ’s Insight doco at 8am was on carbon offsetting. Reporter Ian Telfer narrated a well-rounded look at the benefits and risks inherent in the largely-unregulated voluntary carbon market. Includes […] read more
    July 26, 2009 12:15 pm - 23 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Timber report shows need for ‘good wood’ Bill - by Catherine Delahunty

    The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry released a fascinating new report today. The research project, Environmental Impacts of Multi-Story Buildings Using Different Construction Materials, modelled the life cycle energy use and carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent emissions of four similar office building designs that used different materials as their main structural element: concrete, steel, timber and […] read more
    July 24, 2009 4:00 pm - 28 Comments
  • frog

    From little things, big things grow… - by frog

    There was a recurring riff behind National’s opposition to two very different Bills on Members’ Day Wednesday. One commonality was that both Bills were voted down by National, Act and United Future, and supported by Greens, Labour, Progressives and Maori Parties. But the riff I want to highlight is the idea that the problem is […] read more
    June 19, 2009 11:33 am - 7 Comments
  • frog

    MP travel: offsetting the carbon cost - by frog

    A frog reader suggested we remind readers of the Green MPs carbon offsetting arrangements. Yesterday, they declared their travel spending since the beginning of the year, and committed to do it annually. Parliament is considering standardising such disclosure – great! In 2006 the MPs measured their emissions from air travel to create a baseline. Air […] read more
    June 5, 2009 5:00 pm - 45 Comments
  • Jeanette Fitzsimons

    The ETS and Strings theory - by Jeanette Fitzsimons

    Hi Strings, you raised some really interesting questions in the comment section of this ETS post and I’m sorry I haven’t had time to answer them till now: We can’t “leave agriculture out of Kyoto” – it is already in, for all countries, and all countries have liabilities that include all their emissions above their […] read more
    May 18, 2009 11:18 am - 18 Comments
  • frog

    The Emissions Trading Scheme hits the backburner - by frog

    There is some good commentary about the Emissions Trading Scheme going on hold at Pundit: Have we wasted the whole last decade debating climate change policy, if we need to go back and start from scratch with a select committee review of ETS? No party was happy with the scheme that was finally passed in […] read more
    November 18, 2008 3:50 pm - 34 Comments
  • frog

    Negotiating with Act - by frog

    Act is entering its negotiations with National today talking about its campaign themes: “three strikes” law and order policy, cutting government spending and dumping the emissions trading scheme. All of which sends shivers down many Green spines.  Act does empty bluster and noise better than most parties so I guess we’ll have to wait and […] read more
    November 10, 2008 1:56 pm - 87 Comments
  • frog

    Key’s potential coalition dilemma - by frog

    By the looks of the polls John Key might be talking to Rodney Hide about the environment next week. That’s certainly how Hide is positioning himself in the lead up to tomorrow’s vote. John, you gotta get the country out of this Emissions Trading Scam. Hide and his party are the only remaining confirmed climate […] read more
    November 7, 2008 1:22 pm - 35 Comments
  • frog

    Less than 2 percent - by frog

    The Emissions Trading Scheme will only reduce emissions by 2 percent.  So a reader writes asking a query about the following John Key statement: I told the group that while we must play our part in the fight against climate change, we shouldn’t be the world leader, because that will come at the expense of […] read more
    October 28, 2008 1:42 pm - 9 Comments
  • frog

    Just carbon emission trading - by frog

    There is an interesting article on Slate called ‘Adam Smith Meets Climate Change‘, which notes that now many countries are introducing carbon emission trading schemes, the next step is how to harmonise those schemes on an international market. In particular countries need to reach a consensus on how to globally acceptable level of carbon emissions […] read more
    October 1, 2008 3:27 pm - No Comments
  • frog

    Greenpeace lays out the election issue - by frog

    It was guiltily good to read Bunny McDiarmid’s Greenpeace analysis of the Emissions Trading Scheme because it seems she and her colleagues have been struggling with exactly the same issues that the Green Party faced when deciding whether to vote for the legislation or not.  With the bill now law there’s a big risk that […] read more
    September 16, 2008 12:34 pm - 8 Comments
  • frog

    Saving the trolley buses, again - by frog

    A strange anomaly of the Emissions Trading Scheme is that electricity is facing a carbon charge from 2010, while fuel faces a charge in 2011. This meant that the electric trolley buses in Wellington faced the strange side effect that they could become less viable compared to diesel buses.  Luckily Sue Kedgley and other stepped […] read more
    September 9, 2008 3:42 pm - 29 Comments
  • frog

    Fallow focuses the debate on facts - by frog

    It’s interesting, in all the rhetoric about the Emissions Trading Scheme, to see the Herald’s business correspondent Brian Fallow applying more than a modicum of balance to the debate.  His article last week on the greening of assigned amount units (AAUs)  was notable as one of the few pieces that had been written by someone […] read more
    September 9, 2008 9:16 am - 2 Comments
  • frog

    Minor tinkering - by frog

    The Minister of Climate Change, David Parker notes this afternoon: “The difference between Labour and National that is clear to everyone is that Labour has a track record on climate change you can trust, whereas National has a track record of denial, obstruction, and delay.” Yup, here’s a graph of Labour’s track record you can […] read more
    September 4, 2008 3:47 pm - 39 Comments
  • frog

    Dunne makes chickens suffer - by frog

    Peter Dunne is pooh-poohing the $180 million compensation package for households that will form part of the Emissions Trading Scheme, which NZ First is claiming from it’s negotiations with Labour.  Dunne’s back of the napkin calculations are that each household will receive $2.15 a week. He then further calculates $2,15 to be about 7 eggs. […] read more
    September 2, 2008 12:11 pm - 40 Comments
  • frog

    Emissions trading scheme – credits, biodiversity and agriculture - by frog

    Jeanette gave her second reading speech on the Emissions Trading Scheme last week and it’s worth pulling out a few quotes to discuss some of the technical details.  First let’s look at one of the changes the Greens made to the free credit allocations for trade exposed industries: In a further amendment, the Minister must […] read more
    September 2, 2008 8:34 am - 11 Comments
  • Jeanette Fitzsimons

    Agenda - by Jeanette Fitzsimons

    Isn’t it bizarre how the sole issue in politics some ten weeks before an election is the behaviour of one MP, whose  party is running at 2-4% in the polls? Whether we can take his word; who would or would not sack him; what his lawyers think; and who said what to whom. Frankly, who […] read more
    September 1, 2008 8:51 am - 156 Comments
  • frog

    An emissions trading subsidy for fishing? - by frog

    The Hive noted on Friday that: The revised [Emissions Trading Scheme] contains an enormous new subsidy for the fishing industry. This was, surprise, surprise negotiated by NZ First… Fish subsidies are the direct cause of over fishing. We are opposed to any subsidisation of this industry. The original ETS has no subsidy going to the […] read more
    August 31, 2008 4:19 pm - 7 Comments
  • frog

    $1 billion of warm homes - by frog

    The have been the usual voices in favour and against the Greens’ decision to back the Emissions Trading Scheme, and I’ll talk more about that later. But I also just saw a media release coming from a different angle from the Director of the University of Otago Wellington’s He Kainga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme […] read more
    August 27, 2008 4:30 pm - 47 Comments
  • frog

    Yes to the Emissions Trading Scheme - by frog

    The Green Party caucus has just voted to support the Emissions Trading Scheme. I was watching caucus debate through the window and can confirm the decision did not look to be a foregone conclusion. Jeanette’s media release highlights some of the improvements to the scheme: We have always said the scheme needed to share the […] read more
    August 26, 2008 2:30 pm - 138 Comments
  • frog

    Tactical compromise or purist ideology - by frog

    The Herald’s editorial this morning is an interesting one.  It looks at the Green’s dilemma over whether to support the Emissions Trading Scheme or not this Tuesday. It notes the ongoing negotiations and significant home insulation gains that the Greens have won so far. Enough it suggests for the Greens to engage in the politics […] read more
    August 24, 2008 7:38 am - 67 Comments