Nick Smith posted a press release today calling the government’s climate change initiatives a failure because the Ministry for the Environment’s emissions grew from 735 tonnes CO2e in 2005/06 to 897 tonnes in 2006/07, mostly as a result of increased air travel associated with, <shock & horror>, their climate change and environmental work.
Is this the best we’ve got on them? From our side we’d love to see the government do more for the environment and do it faster, but this sort of petty-mindedness won’t get anyone anywhere. Like MfE and other Govt3 agencies, the Greens work hard to measure, minimise and ultimately offset the flight emissions we cannot avoid, air-miles which kind of go with the political territory.
From this lilly pad I have to ask. Are the Nats making an effort to measure and manage their emissions, particularly from flights? Are they expecting them to decline or increase during this upcoming election year? Should John Key be riding a bike to all his engagements? How about Nick Smith? This frog doesn’t think so. When Nick Smith fronts up with the National Party’s plan to manage its emissions, then follows up in an annual report with an honest account of how they’re doing, I’ll tune back in.