Monday, December 11, 2006

Back to the Future

Energy and Climate Change Minister David Parker today announced the Government would be investigating various forms of emissions trading regimes. For some of us there, I'm sure there was something of a sinking feeling in the pits of our stomachs.
Ten years ago then environment Minister Simon Upton was busily releasing the same sort of discussion papers. In ten years our civil service has burned gallons of jet fuel attending international conferences, written screeds of text and now, at the 11th hour in the Kyoto countdown the Government announces it will study emissions trading.
HELLOO! Is there anyone awake in there?
Because we have not had emissions trading or any other form of carbon market our forest planting has diminished and our generators have already invested heavily in combined cycle gas fired generation. We have spent ten years sitting on our collective hands. Seven of them under a Labour Government.
Its lucky Government's don't offer any particular service level in return for our taxes. I'd be asking for my money back.

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