As state last month:
Dear NZ prime minister, MR. JOHN KEY: IT IS TIME TO SCRAP ETS
From the honorable John Boscowan:
If The French Can Abandon Its Carbon Tax, Why Can’t We?
John Boscawen MP, ACT New Zealand
Speech To Parliament in the General Debate, Wednesday, 24 March 2010.
"Just 12 hours ago, French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced that France is abandoning its intention to introduce a carbon tax in France, and that is because the French people have risen up in protest. They have realised that France would be foolish to tax its people when other countries in Europe are not.
If Nicolas Sarkozy can show leadership and abandon the French carbon tax, as he has done in the last 24 hours, I call upon the Prime Minister of New Zealand, John Key, to show the same leadership and show the people of New Zealand that things have changed in the last five months.
This House was told time and time again last year that we would not lead the world; we would be a fast follower and our emissions trading scheme tax would be based on that in Australia.
Yet, what has happened since then? Australia hasn’t passed an ETS tax and looks unlikely to do so and neither China nor the US has any intention of introducing one either. We are now alone in our efforts to introduce an ETS and New Zealand businesses are now at a competitive disadvantage to all our major trading partners."
All of New Zealand INCLUDING FARMERS can expect 5% more to pay for ENERGY (electric, petrol, etc) starting 1st-July.