As usual Rod Oram presents an insightful argument:
New Zealand’s climate change credibility is hanging by a thread. If the government indulges in bad politics on the Emissions Trading Scheme, the thread would snap. We would suffer instant, serious and long-term damage to our economy, environment and reputation.
…Would National be so reckless? Logically it wouldn’t. It seems inconceivable it could stomach the idea of turning up to the international climate change negotiations in Copenhagen in December without an ETS and only the support of Act, a tiny bunch of climate deniers. National and New Zealand would be a laughing stock.
But almost anything is possible because National has dissembled, prevaricated and otherwise failed to reveal its true beliefs on climate change in opposition and so far in government. Thus the ETS has become the litmus test of National’s political skills, its commitment to the environment and its understanding of where New Zealand’s future lies in a low-carbon world.
I can’t wait to see the outcome.