Friday, September 18, 2009

ETS Consequences for the Tourism Industry

The biggest threat that New Zealand businesses face is not from climate change or global warming - it is from government legislation.

This is why, New Zealand's accommodation and tourism industry should feel uneasy about the deal National has done with the Maori Party this week on the Emission Trading Scheme legislation (ETS).

Ignoring National's wasteful concession on providing insulation welfare for 2000 low-income Maori homes, the final shape of the onerous ETS legislation is a Labour-lite cop-out that will place unnecessary burden on tourism trade.

In preparation for staged radical international treaty negotiations to curb greenhouse gas emissions that begin this December in Copenhagen, the Government has committed New Zealand to cut up to a third of current emissions by 2020.

The economic, social and moral implications are immense, however most New Zealanders seem to be oblivious to real-world consequences and would prefer to sit back and let self-appointed "experts" like Keisha Castle-Hughes speak on their behalf.

Meanwhile the tourism and accommodation industries are happy to plod along and be dictated by institutionalised environmental evangelism at the expense of business freedoms.

Should the tourism sector in a small isolated country that relies upon fossil fuels to deliver travelers to our doors be concerned? Well, YES and thankfully others outside the fawning MSM are as well.

Popular blogger, Not PC comments:
"John (Key) has bought a pup, and if he thinks you’re going to be happy to pay for it then he’s even more stupid than he looks.  You see, John Boy still thinks that an Emissions Trading Scheme is going to “save the planet” – he really does, you know.  He hasn’t yet worked out that Emissions Tax Scams aren’t designed to save the planet, and they never will – they’re about controlling everyone on the planet."
So, what does this mean for businesses that rely on the free movement of our visitors? The HonestClimate blog is taking an interest in New Zealand's legislation from afar and claims that ETS will kill Tourism, Transport and Trade:

"But not one car, truck, bus, train, plane or ship can move without producing CO2. There is no possibility that this will change significantly before the doomsday year of 2020, just a decade away. Therefore neither Australia nor New Zealand can cut CO2 emissions by 2020 without slowly strangling all those industries that rely on moving people or goods."
Sorta makes you think...

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