ACT welcomes common sense report on climate change

“The ACT has welcomed the report by New Zealand Initiative Senior Economist Matt Burgess on climate change policy Pretense of Necessity. This reiterates what the ACT has said all along, our government’s climate policies are costly, ineffective and need to go,” said ACT Environment and Climate Change Spokesperson Simon Court.

“The report shows that our current approach to climate change is fundamentally misunderstood and based on assumptions that have been dreamed up on whiteboards of ideological bureaucrats and sold to the people as necessities, when in reality they are anything but.

“New Zealand is in the midst of a cost of living crisis and households are crying out for more money in their back pockets. However, the government intends to spend over $2,000 per household in the next budget for costly and unnecessary climate bans and taxes.

“ACT, on the other hand, would return tax revenues collected through the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) to households in the form of a carbon tax refund.

“As Mr Burgess aptly points out, the government has already capped emissions, so other policies cannot reduce emissions below the cap anyway.

“ACT offers a realistic, no-frills climate change policy that matches our efforts with those of our trading partners with a minimum of bureaucracy. We should set a cap on total emissions in line with our trading partners’ actual reductions, and then allow New Zealanders to import high quality foreign carbon credits so that we pay the world price, not an artificial price.

“ACT was the only political party to vote against the Zero Carbon Act because we knew it would lead to more bureaucracy rather than really effective climate policy.

“We can only hope that other political parties will wake up and follow Mr. Burgess’ common sense approach to climate change.”

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Teresa H. Sadler