Monday, June 16, 2008

Climate change: we are not alone

The Climate Change (Emissions Trading and Renewable Preference) Bill is due back from committee today, so we're seeing the usual last-minute lobbying from those interested in the subject. Among which is this piece from polluter-lobby the Greenhouse Policy Coalition, which repeats the usual claim so beloved of New Zealand's business comunity:

New Zealand seems alone in the world in its determination to put a price on every tonne of emissions at a high price.
Europe? Japan? Australia? Most of the United States and Canada (though not their respective federal governments)?

The fact is that we are not alone in pursuing emissions trading as a solution. To the contrary - it would be failing to impose a price on carbon which would be ducking the mainstream of international policy. But then, truth has never been that important to those opposed to robust climate change policy, has it?