Quote of the day from Climate Change Minister Tim Groser:
“Kyoto is the past”, he said. “The future rests on getting countries outside Kyoto to start doing something serious about climate change.”
He said it would be wrong to tie the hands of a future New Zealand government for eight years while a single new treaty is negotiated.
The Kyoto Protocol was the triumph of politics and bureaucracy over science and reason.
It was a lot more about being seen to do something than actually making a difference.
It was riddled with inconsistencies and its one-rule-fits-all approach
The best thing done to address climate change is not anything achieved through the ETS imposed under Kyoto but the New Zealand-initiated Global Research Alliance on agriculture greenhouse gases.
Instead of the tax-it approach taken by Kyoto and its supporters this initiative brings countries together to find ways to increase food production while minimising emissions.
Kyoto and its supporters take a negative approach, the Global Alliance takes a positive one.