Federated Farmers jumps on WSJ opinion slating NZ emissions scheme
Federated Farmers has resorted to quoting an opinion piece from the Wall Street Journal lampooning New Zealand’s commitment to an emissions trading scheme as its latest poke over the government’s stance on global warming.
The online Asia edition of WSJ labelled the findings of the Emissions Trading Review Committee as “green PR gone wild.”
It stated: “the best advertisement for New Zealand isn't to support ideas that make the country poorer. Instead, [John] Key's government would do better by focusing on encouraging strong economic growth to support a vibrant, entrepreneurial society. That way, tourists may want to come to New Zealand and stay.”
“For far too long New Zealand has delivered a policy response built upon what we think others think of us, as opposed to what they actually do think of us,” Federated Farmers president Don Nicholson said.
“I hope the tone of the Wall Street Journal may jolt the government out of its myopic obsession with the 0.2 percent of global emissions we produce,” he said.