New Zealand needs to build a broader consensus about how to make progress on climate change issues, Climate Change Minister Nick Smith said today in releasing the terms of reference for the select committee to review the Emissions Trading Scheme and related matters.
Dr Smith confirmed that the special select committee was being set up to honour the terms of the confidence and supply agreement between National and ACT.
"The new government takes a more modest view of New Zealand's role in the global efforts to tackle climate change.
"It is unrealistic for New Zealand to proclaim itself as a world leader when our emissions have been growing at one of the fastest rates among developed countries. Our objective is to do our fair share.
"It is appropriate to have a fresh look at our policy response and the Emissions Trading Scheme given the poor track record on emissions, the changed economic environment, and the rushed way the legislation was passed.
"The choice of Peter Dunne in the chair is a quite deliberate step to build a broader consensus across the parliament. Mr Dunne had previously taken steps to take such an initiative but these were rebuffed by the previous government.
"This issue is bigger than any single party and the challenge will span over several governments. New Zealand's intent would be better served if we could build broader support for the direction forward."
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