Breaking news. It seems that turmoil within the Maori Party may derail the ETS after all:
EXCLUSIVE: An 11th hour revolt within the Maori Party is threatening to torpedo the Emissions Trading Scheme deal with the Key Government.
Even if the revolt does not succeed – Environment Minister Nick Smith is hoping to secure passage of the bill this afternoon – the damage to the relationship between the Maori Party and the Government could be irreparable.
The Maori Party’s national council, 26 senior representatives that make up the party’s ruling body, will hold an urgent telephone conference this afternoon or evening. Some of them, though it is unclear whether it is a majority, want the party’s MPs to scuttle the deal with the Government.
Excellent news that there are still some within the Maori Party who value the environment and value their principles. Thank you for speaking up, and I hope you can save both the Maori Party and New Zealand from this huge mistake. National’s ETS is a disaster, it won’t limit emissions, it will load huge costs on the taxpayer, it will damage New Zealand. If you, dear reader, have any influence within the party, or if you know anyone with influence in the party, now is the time to use it. Stop the ETS!