Members' Contributions

The ETS’ cost ‘Unmerry-Go-Round’ from the PM down

Federated Farmers Media Release

Federated Farmers is challenging the Government to put up its costs on the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) for independent scrutiny.  In the space of four days, the Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and Minister of Climate Change, have all advanced different costs. 
“Federated Farmers figures are fully defendable and is why we’re putting our figures out there for scrutiny,” says Don Nicolson, Federated Farmers President.
“On the morning of the Budget, the Hon Nick Smith’s office dismissed out of hand, Federated Farmers projected societal cost of the ETS at $527 million.  Instead, an unnamed official put up $350 million as a cast iron sum but couldn’t substantiate it when asked by a reporter.

ACT’s Campaign Against The ETS Continues

John Boscawen MP, ACT New Zealand

Budget Gains Mean Nothing Under ETS

John Boscawen MP, ACT New Zealand
Press Release Friday, May 21 2010.


Any benefits that hard-working New Zealanders could possibly have gained from Budget 2010 will be largely undone by the costs that will be inflicted on the country when the Government’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is implemented on July 1, ACT Climate Change Spokesman John Boscawen said.
“According to Finance Minister Bill English, most New Zealanders stand to gain 0.5-one percent of extra disposable income under Budget 2010 – what he neglected to mention is that the ETS will devour a large chunk of that supposed extra money,” Mr Boscawen said.

ETS in six weeks means budget of smoke and mirrors

Kiwi Party Press Release

20 May 2010

Kiwi Party Leader Larry Baldock welcomed the confirmation in the Budget today that John Key’s Government will reduce personal tax rates and increase superannuation payments and benefits to offset the cost of the increase in GST to 15% from 1 October, 2010.

“However before  these measures take effect, in just six weeks' time on 1 July, the Prime Minister’s Emissions’ Trading Scheme (ETS) takes effect and we will all begin paying more for fuel and energy,” he said.

E.T.S Will Cancel Benefit of Budget to Families

Family First Media Release

20 May 2010

Family First NZ says that Emissions Trading Scheme will cancel out most of the benefit to families of the tax cuts announced in the Budget today.


“While the tax benefits of this budget won’t kick in for families until October, the costs of the ETS will start to bite the budget of families in July,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.


“The $25 per week average increase given to families will soon be swallowed up by the increased costs in energy and petrol and the flow-on effects on the cost of transportation and production costs which will increase retail prices including basic food requirements. These are all eventually passed on to families.”

National’s ETS Forestry Excuses Not Acceptable

John Boscawen MP, ACT New Zealand
Press Release Wednesday, May 19 2010.


The Minister for Climate Change Issues Dr Nick Smith is running out of excuses for continuing with the Government’s ETS programme says ACT New Zealand Climate Change Spokesman John Boscawen.

"Dr Smith is defending the decision to proceed with the ETS on 1 July on the grounds that suspending it now would break commitments to foresters.  The rationale for continuing with the ETS gets thinner by the day," Mr Boscawen said.

"Dr Smith appears to not understand the points ACT Leader Rodney Hide made in his open letter to the Prime Minister on 29 April 2010:

• If the ETS is suspended, forest owners would be perfectly free to sell carbon credits to willing buyers, for example, parties subject to the EU ETS.

• Suspension for a short period - say to when Australia takes post-2012 action, if it does - would not be material for foresters as most operate on a 30-years plus rotation.

• The major taking of property rights occurred with pre-1990 forests.

• None of the planting in the 1990s, and little before 2005 was done with an expectation of subsidies.

• Planting in recent years has fallen away.  Much of it has been encouraged by afforestation grants, not the ETS.

• Foresters – especially integrated wood processors – will benefit from lower input costs for electricity and fuel if the ETS is suspended.

ETS will cost Kiwis $527 million + in its first year

19 April 2010

Federated Farmers has calculated the Emissions Trading Scheme will directly cost New Zealand businesses and families $527 million in its first year.  Indirect cost impacts will likely add tens of millions more.
“Government seems to be ignoring warning signs every bit as real as the warnings of icebergs, Captain Smith received during the Titanic’s ill-fated maiden voyage,” says Don Nicolson, Federated Farmers President speaking from Adelaide.
“Federated Farmers estimates the ETS, in its first year, will directly add $527 million to the cost of fuel and electricity.  That adds over half a billion dollars more for doing business here than across the Tasman.  It makes a mockery of the ETS’ supposed harmonisation with Australia.
“That $527 million figure doesn’t count the cascade effect these fuel and electricity increases will have on the billions worth of goods and services all Kiwis, not just farmers, consume. 

Computer Models, Climate Forecasts & other Dice Games

19 May 2010

The Carbon Sense Coalition today called for an investigation into the IPCC/CSIRO computer models relied on for the scare forecasts of drought, floods and rising sea levels.

The Chairman of “Carbon Sense”, Mr Viv Forbes, challenged the IPCC claims that their computer forecasts have a 90% probability of being correct.
“The World Bank computers did not forecast the Global Financial Crisis.
“The British Met computers failed to forecast Europe’s frigid winter.
“Computers were unable to forecast the spread of swine flu or volcanic ash clouds.
“Since the introduction of its new computer program Queensland Health has been unable to pay their own employees properly.
“And the Australian Weather Bureau cannot forecast next month’s weather.

National Party Members Reject ETS

John Boscawen MP, ACT New Zealand
Press Release Tuesday, May 18 2010.

Reports that delegates at National’s Central North Island Conference this weekend unanimously passed a remit calling on the Government to scrap the ETS confirm that the party’s own supporters want the ETS to be delayed, if not scrapped, ACT Climate Change Spokesman John Boscawen said today.

"The unanimous vote shows that National Party members have realised what the Government is yet to realise, that it is environmentally pointless and economically reckless to proceed with the ETS," Mr Boscawen said.

"I too call on Prime Minister John Key and Dr Nick Smith to delay, if not scrap, the ETS.  In the mean time, any National Party members who are fed up with being ignored by the hierarchy of their own party on this issue are welcome to join ACT," Mr Boscawen said.


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