*Because there is no scientific basis for it, and it is a cost to all New Zealanders with no benefit to anyone. Ivan
*Get the facts on totally unsubstantiated worldwide temperature increases from a REALly well-informed scientist like Dr Vince Gray - and somehow get them widely publicised, in concise, understandable form, and public opinion should be swayed in favour of dumping the ETS. Bill
*Just a con, perpetrayed by those who wish to have themselves a job built on hysteria. Where is the money going, into rothschilds bank in Vienna, not here in NZ. Sam
*It is only a scheme for a few people to make a lot of money. Pat
*It is crazy that we should be crippling ourselves with an ETS scheme that noe of our trading partners has. It will do nothing to clean up our air or waterways - just move money around. John
*We are being taxed out of existence already, and this is just a scam. Laurie
*Absolute madness by that idiot Nick Smith (who Nelsonians continue to support) and Key both of whom were anti and sceptical of climate change before the last election. Does Key realise that struggling families can only blame him & Smith for the escalating cost of living with this nonsensical ETS and that unnecessary rise in GST which is of course passed on to the end user. Both my votes will go to ACT in November. Carolyn
*It should have been laughed out of Parliament in the first place. Nature has its ups and downs andn the "global warming" is only one plase of that, as history shows. Nature is bigger than all of us. I always opposed the ETS scheme as it is crippling our economy for no good reason. Sheila
*We mustscrap the scheme I have sent many letters to Smith to scrap the ETS. but pays no attention I will forward to you some of my letters to government. Grainger
*JUST ANOTHER TAX. Nigel
*Emission from New Zealand is minimal compared with emission from larger Countries. Until larger countries contribute their share and Scientists from both viewpoints agree New Zealand should scrap the scheme. Peter
*Where is the 'truthiness' in all this? Monica
*The article says it all!!!! Mike
*There are many other things we can be doing to reduce pollution and protect the environment, that will actually make a difference. Carolyne
*How can Nick Smith be cajoled into believing Climate Change is an impositi on on peoples lives. Robert
*The scheme defies all common sense. I have been against it since it was first suggested. Barrie
*ETS = Extortion Theft Swindle. Mark
*The ETS can not be based on any scientific evidence. There is no smoking gun that implicates CO2 in runaway heating of the world. George
*The ETS is just another tax which will only increase the size of the public service and contribute nothing to reduce global warming or any climate change... Which has historically continued since the planet was formed... Without any help from man-kind! Les
*Definitely, was a bad move from the start. Rick
*It is purely another revenue gathering exercise. Sandra
*It's time the people had a say not just the beehive. Bryan
*Science has always been about testing theories which requires both sides of an argument to be analysed, alarmist science is quite different, for this you look at what matches your desired result and ignore, or modify, anything that does not, NIWA, our Government’s principle adviser and Nick Smith come into the latter category, unfortunately much of our mainstream media work on this principle also. Jan
*The earths orbit arround the sun effects every thing that happens on earth. ERROL
*Another example of the dishonesty National has practiced since gaining power. Graeme
*I have supported National for more than fifty years but Nick Smith can be described as no more than an ecological and economical terrorist and should be charged as such. Graham
*No amount of our money will change the Earths natural cooling and warming cycle. David
*It is a pointless, expensive and misguided tax on New Zealanders that should be abolished by any sensible government. On top of that, Nick Smith should be sacked for foisting this onto the country. Barbara
*1. The policy is built on a lie. CO2 is not a pollutant as is identtified on government industrial pollutant registers and by bio-chemistry evidence.
2. Policy built on a lie is corrupt - governments that build such policy are corrupt.
3. The Kyoto Protocol is a "dead duck" after 2012 and will not be renewed. Few politicians will take the risk of ridicule against their careers.
4. The economy of NZ is in STAGNATION and the cost of the ETS is increasing the cost of living and reducing international competitiveness.
5. This idiotic policy is exampled by NZ's production of carbonated cordial. NZ produces (360 drinks per capita) 1.5 billion cans/bottles of cordial impregnated with CO2 (every year) - we drink it everyday! The next step would be to shut the cordial manufacturing industry down using current thinking - wouldn't it?
6. Another example of the use of CO2 is in Fire Extinguishers - they are found everywhere in offices, trains, aircraft, buildings, machinery etc. - they are CO2 extinguishers for emergency use against fire. The next step would be to shut down their manufacture wouldn't it?
7. Truth must and will prevail if we have a functioning democracy. Hopefully the electorate will focus on this idiocy come the November elections.
8. If our politics departs from facts to propaganda in its policy making we will not advance beyond our current predicament. Nick
*We, my partner and I believe climate change is occurring to some degree. It is the way the situation has been responded to, politically (taxing) and scientifically (academic rail roading and discrediting of former respected scientists who are debating climate change)and the constant pushing from the media that leaves us questioning if climate change really is as serious as they keep pumping it up to be.
Our gut feeling from observations of the climate change controversy is telling us the scientists and politicians are protecting a motive...I hope that doesn't sound paranoid. Ken
*The biggest con by the biggest idiots to bigger idiots that believe in climate change. Jim
*I have for some considerable time held the bilief that man has very little influence on climate change Desmond
*There is too many mistakes in the maths over temerature to let this scheme continue under its present form. Certainly study the effects of change but it is nonsense to fudge the results. Barry
*It is all about money. And how the UN can finance itself and their powerplay schemes. See: http://watchmannewsletter.typepad.com/n ... olicy.html
*The ETS is a scam. On what is all the extra money that will be raised in taxes, going to be spent? Robert
*The Govt wants the ETS because, one way or another, it is a way the Govt can raise extra revenue without having to raise GST or income tax. That is, it is convenient because it is hidden. Gary
*Stop Politicians with an agenda, scamming ignorant people with psuedo science. Warren
*No proof it is doing any good, but definitely doing bad. James
*It's obvious that there is no CAGW, nor ever will be. I'm not sure whether Nick Smith is an idiot or a fraudster. It must be one or the other. GW
*This scheme indicates just what politicians will force on the electorate just to stay in power. This ETS is purely a sop to the Greens, Labour would do exactly the same. They are all morally broke. Ray