Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM (Green): The strongest message about this 2017 Budget is that the Government has no vision, no ambition, and no idea of how to address the challenges facing our country. It believes it has shown some positive vision by offering some tax relief to struggling families. In this, it is half-right. That bill has already gone through. It goes some way to alleviating child poverty, which is why we voted for it. But the vision stops there.
New Zealand must join with other countries and step up as a climate leader in the wake of the US decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, the Green Party said today.
This morning President Donald Trump announced the United States would withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, joining just two other countries – Nicaragua and Syria – who have rejected the global accord.
11. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM (Green) to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does she agree that countries need to work together to combat dangerous climate change; if so, will her Government convey that view to the President of the United States this week?
A drop of merely 0.1 percent in climate pollution shows that the National Government is stalling on its commitments to tackle climate change in New Zealand.
Information released today by the Ministry for the Environment shows that in 2015 gross greenhouse gas emissions were 0.1 percent lower than in 2014.
A new gas power plant granted consent today in southern Waikato is a step backwards for New Zealand’s efforts to generate more renewable electricity, the Green Party said today.
“New Zealand is blessed with an abundance of renewable electricity options like solar, geothermal, and wind, so there’s no good reason we should be allowing new power plants that burn fossil fuels in the era of climate change,” Green Party energy and resources spokesperson Gareth Hughes said.
4. METIRIA TUREI (Co-Leader—Green) to the Minister for Economic Development: Nā, ka uru atu ki roto i Te Mahere Mahi Ōhanga Tai Poutini West Coast, a Te Kāwanatanga, he whakatuwheranga ake o te whenua taiao mō te mahi maina?
[Will the Government's Tai Poutini West Coast Economic Action Plan include opening up conservation land for mining?]
Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM (Green): I want to focus on just one aspect of the annual report, and that is to do with climate change, which has become a theme from colleague Andrew Bayly, and then Dr Megan Woods, Scott Simpson, Denis O'Rourke, and others. I just want to make a couple of points.
The Green Party has today launched a plan for cheaper power bills, cleaner electricity generation, and a smarter electricity network.
The Empowering New Zealand comprehensive plan for the electricity sector includes:
2. JAMES SHAW (Co-Leader—Green) to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does the Government agree with the conclusions and recommendations in the Vivid report Net Zero in New Zealand: Scenarios to achieve domestic emissions neutrality in the second half of the century?
6. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM (Green) to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Which of the four scenarios in the March 2017 Vivid report—"Off Track", "Innovative", "Resourceful", or "Net Zero 2050"—is the Government considering using as the basis for its own climate planning?