While in coalition, ACT and National have major differences over the Emissions Ttrading Scheme.
ACT leader Rodney Hide tells us what he thinks of the Nat’s Emissions Trading Scam
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We have had our differences with National and we have a sharp difference over the Emissions Trading Scheme.
ACT has always maintained it made no sense to stay committed to Helen Clark’s all-gases, all-sectors trading scheme. The failure at Copenhagen makes the commitment all the more silly.
‘Climate-gate’ is now the greatest scandal in the history of science. It turns out that the prestigious agencies involved in leading climate change science were breaking official information laws, arbitrarily adjusting raw data, hiding the reasons for those adjustments, then somehow contriving to lose the original unadjusted data so that it could not be independently checked, thereby making
claims that were not remotely justified by the state of the science, and in some cases simply were simply made up.
The so-called scientific agencies responsible for the climate science have ruthlessly suppressed competing theories and contrary data controlling and manipulating the peer review process. Government sponsored climate science has proved to have more in common with the Spanish inquisition than Popperian science.
‘Climate-gate’, ‘Glacier-gate’, ‘Africa-gate’ has left the once vaunted IPCC totally discredited and in ruins.
I have always been a sceptic.
When I started studying environmental science in 1975 many of the same so-called scientists were trying to scare the pants off us all with the coming of a new ice age. That’s because the world had been cooling for 30 years. It then warmed apparently for 23 years. So the same scientists turned global cooling into global warming. When the warming stopped in 1998, and the earth started to cool, the scare switched to climate change. That way the alarmists could never be wrong.
They were right whatever the temperature.
Sadly our own National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) is caught up in the scandal and its scientific credibility shredded. NIWA’s raw data for their official temperature graph shows no warming. But NIWA shifted the bulk of the temperature record pre-1950 downwards and the bulk of the data post-1950 upwards to produce a sharply rising trend. The warming trend is not a consequence of measurement but of manufactured adjustment.
There may well be good reason for the adjustment, so, before Christmas, I asked NIWA to disclose the adjustments and its reasons. NIWA said they would do that, but it has just told the Climate Science Coalition, after having abused it up and down dale, that it does not have the records of the adjustments.
NIWA’s entire argument for warming was a result of adjustments to data which cannot be justified, independently checked or verified.
The entire thing is shonky, but on the basis of shonky science, our government is whacking Fonterra with a $100 million-a-year bill, taxing the average dairy farm $10,000 a year extra, and hiking fuel and power costs to every business and householder in the country.
Even if the science was perfect we would not have an ETS. But the science is now not only settled but has also descended into a farce. The total cost is over a billion dollars a year. That is a billion dollars we do not have and we cannot afford it, and it is for nothing. It’s madness.
Prime Minister John Key is on record endorsing New Zealand being a ‘fast follower’ on a climate change response, not a leader. Let us put the ETS on hold until the rest of the world catches up. I do not think any other country will be burdened with like New Zealand.
What is with John Key and the Nats?
Why are they burdening NZ with this wealth destroying bureaucratic scam, when only Al Gore, Barack Obama, Nick Smith and room 5 at Karori Normal still believe this “climate change” crap?