Bill halting ETS expansion sparks heated debate | Stuff.co.nz
A bill stopping the expansion of the emissions trading scheme sparked impassioned debate, including claims from Labour MP David Cunliffe that his two "wonderful young sons" face "extinction" from climate change.
"Small point. Extinction for us. And it just happens to be in the lifetime of my two little boys or their children," Cunliffe said.
In a speech to Parliament on the bill yesterday, Labour's economic development spokesman David Cunliffe pointed to the Government benches and said they "should be ashamed".
There was debate about whether there would be anywhere between one degree and six degrees of warming in the next century.
"That may make the difference between the continuation of the human species or not," he said.
"Those changes gut the ETS. They are going to result in clear felling of more timber, they are going to result in under-investment in clean technology, they are going to result in New Zealanders paying more in our lifetime and our children's lifetime to adjust to the climate change that is certain - not probable - but certain to come."
People overseas would "die in their millions" from mass famine as a result of climate change.
"Here, we will just put up with tornadoes, thunder storms, droughts, floods and reduced agricultural production. ... People are going to die around the rest of the world and we are going to face refugee flows into New Zealand as a result." [But maybe trace amounts of carbon dioxide will kill them all before they can get to New Zealand?]