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National supports the targets, questions the plan

May 16, 2022 Share

Christopher Luxon

National supports the Government’s emissions budgets and emissions targets but is concerned that today’s Emissions Reduction Plan is a poor use of taxpayers’ money, says Opposition Leader Christopher Luxon says.

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National supports emissions budgets

May 09, 2022 Share

Christopher Luxon

National is committed to emissions targets and supports the Government’s emissions budgets announced today, Opposition Leader Christopher Luxon says.

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Farmers need say on greenhouse gas costs

November 23, 2021 Share

Stuart Smith

The government-primary sector partnership He Waka Eke Noa has done good work designing how an agricultural greenhouse gas pricing system could work, with the intention of keeping Agriculture out of the ETS. It’s a by farmers, for farmers option, says National’s Climate Change and Agriculture spokespersons Stuart Smith and Barbara Kuriger

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New climate change target could cripple New Zealand’s economy

October 31, 2021 Share

Stuart Smith

The announcement of a Glasgow climate change target of 50 per cent reduction by 2030 goes beyond New Zealand’s fair share and will cost the country billions of dollars, say National’s Climate Change spokesperson Stuart Smith and Energy and Resources spokesperson Barbara Kuriger.

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COP this, Minister – New Zealand needs real results from Glasgow

October 27, 2021 Share

Stuart Smith

With COP26 beginning next week, New Zealanders will be looking for meaningful and tangible results, says National’s Climate Change spokesperson Stuart Smith.

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Government’s climate aid boost the wrong move at the wrong time

October 18, 2021 Share

Stuart Smith

The Government’s decision to commit $1.3 billion over four years to support poorer countries to deal with climate change is the wrong one, given New Zealand is still struggling with lockdowns which have no end in sight, National’s Climate Change Spokesperson Stuart Smith says.

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James Shaw moves from Climate Tsar to Economic Controller

October 13, 2021 Share

Stuart Smith

James Shaw needs to urgently push pause on his plans to reach into every aspect of Kiwi lives in the name of climate change, says National’s Climate Change spokesperson Stuart Smith.

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Rules for Shaw might well mean more in Glasgow

September 21, 2021 Share

Stuart Smith

The Prime Minister’s announcement today that she will provide Climate Change Minister James Shaw and his nine officials special allocation in MIQ on return from COP26 in Glasgow doesn’t square with the rules other Kiwis have to play by, says National’s spokesperson for Climate Change Stuart Smith.

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Shaw to have 14 staff in Glasgow for climate talks

September 20, 2021 Share

Stuart Smith

If James Shaw was giving consolation gifts to Kiwis desperately trying to get home this Christmas he’d likely give them a lump of coal, having confirmed he plans to take 14 staff with him to the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow, National’s Climate Change spokesperson Stuart Smith says.

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Climate excuses just more hot air

September 16, 2021 Share

Stuart Smith

Climate Change Minister James Shaw stating that the Emissions Reduction Plan is to be aligned with Budget 2022 is just more hot air, says National’s Climate Change spokesperson Stuart Smith.

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This Kiwi won’t be flying to Climate Change Conference

September 09, 2021 Share

Stuart Smith

Covid-19 has meant that New Zealanders have had to sacrifice a great deal. They have missed funerals, weddings, births, and all manner of other special moments, National’s Climate Change spokesperson Stuart Smith says.

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IPCC Report highlights size of climate challenge

August 11, 2021 Share

Stuart Smith

The release of the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change report on the Physical Science of Climate Change highlights the importance of sound and efficient climate policy, National’s Climate Change spokesperson Stuart Smith says.

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Commission’s report leaves unanswered questions

June 09, 2021 Share

Stuart Smith

Today’s final report from the Climate Change Commission still leaves unanswered questions even through there has been some movement from the 70 specific policy recommendations in the draft advice, National’s Climate Change spokesperson Stuart Smith says.

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Costing & options missing from Climate Change Commission

May 27, 2021 Share

Stuart Smith

The Climate Commission should be presenting New Zealand with a range of viable options for emissions reduction with cost analysis included, National’s Climate Change Spokesperson Stuart Smith says.

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Time extension needed for Climate Change Report

April 09, 2021 Share

Stuart Smith

National has written to Climate Change Minister James Shaw calling for him to extend the report-back time on the Climate Change Commission Report, National’s Climate Change spokesperson Stuart Smith says.

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Government jumping the gun on climate change plan

April 08, 2021 Share

Stuart Smith

The Government has jumped the gun by announcing a ban on new coal-fired boilers ahead of the independent Climate Change Commission announcing its emissions reduction plan.

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Sensible policies needed to combat climate change

January 31, 2021 Share

Stuart Smith

The Government must test every climate policy it intends to proceed with to make sure they are both effective and rational, National’s Climate Change spokesperson Stuart Smith says.

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