December 09, 2015
Climate stance hurting economic prospects
Greens co-leader Metiria Turei says the Government is embarrassing New Zealand with its laggardly approach to climate change.
Climate Change Minister Tim Groser is claiming New Zealand's proposal for an overarching binding agreement without mandatory emissions reductions targets it the way to get widespread agreement at the COP21 United Nations Climate Summit in Paris, particularly from the United States.
But Ms Turei says it’s a sign National refuses to take climate change seriously, and it will lead to New Zealand missing out on economic opportunities.
"There are jobs in sustainable energy. There are massive jobs in public transport versus motorways. There are massive jobs we can create here in really interesting new industries and technology but that's not going to be possible if Government won't take climate change seriously and keeps subsidising the oil industry like they do," she says.
Metiria Turei says she’s also concerned at the Government’s refusal to back a 1.5 percent target for restricting global temperature rise, which is putting it offside with New Zealand’s Pacific neighbours.
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