Submissions for the review of the Emissions Trading Scheme have opened but will close on the 13th of February.
Given the time of year that’s a reasonably short submitting period, especially for legislation that has such far-reaching implications for New Zealand’s economy and international reputation.
I expect the vested industry interests will have their submissions already drafted and I also expect the outcome will be to water the current legislation down and/or further delay any initiative taken but it is important to register your concerns via submissions if only to do your part to make sure the whole cynical palaver gets the attention it deserves.
You can view the terms of reference for the inquiry here. Of particular concern is the term:
identify the central/benchmark projections which are being used as the motivation for international agreements to combat climate change; and consider the uncertainties and risks surrounding these projections
Which is the opening to question the basic science of climate change. We’re about to become the nation state equivalent of the flat earth society.