It is appalling that in the current economic environment the Gnats and the MP are imposing costs on ordinary New Zealanders for no purpose or reason whatsoever.
I am not going to debate the issues as they have been traversed for years. Suffice to say, the ETS is an economic debacle that New Zealanders cannot afford and which will put our exporters at a serious disadvantage to our trading partners.
What we can do
Someone suggested to me that if even 40 people wrote the same letter (demanding National scrap the ETS) to John Key and Nick Smith, every day, for the rest of this month that would produce 1,200 letters in the month. If they sent the same letter by email also, that would be 2,400 pieces of correspondence. If that number of people doubled to 80, by adding wives, husbands or girlfriends/boyfriends, then that would be almost 5,000 pieces of correspondence this month.
If that 80 was in fact 1,000 then that would be 60,000 pieces of correspondence!
So, No Minister readers and bloggers in general, please spread the word. For the month of June please send the below letter to both John Key and Nick Smith, every day, by both snail mail and email. The post is free - no stamp required. Then get one other person to send it too, and we can bombard the pricks with so many emails and letter they wish they were never born.
Dear Mr Key/Mr SmithOf course, edit as you like. But at the very least, send this every day for the month of June. Get your friends and family to send it by both post (no stamp required) and email. Let's get 1,000 people doing it and force them to stop this madness.
I write to oppose the introduction of the Emissions Trading Scheme.
This tax will add unnecessary costs to families and taxpayers at a time they can least afford it. It will produce no environmental gain; will provide windfall profits for state-owned electricity generators; and provide state subsidies to foresters. This is simply a wealth transfer of gigantic proportions that cannot be justified.
Our trading partners are not implementing and ETS and are unlikely to. Further, New Zealand is in credit under Kyoto so there is no need to tax anybody. And, Kyoto is due to expire on 31 December 2012 so this tax is even less justifiable considering that. There was no agreement in Copenhagen to extend Kyoto and there is unlikely to be an agreement going forward. But as you know, that ETS tax will remain regardless after that date.
Your party campaigned on reducing costs on ordinary New Zealanders, and properly so after middle New Zealand was starved of cash during the Labour years. Yet, you are now imposing the biggest cost that has been seen for many, many years for no reason at all.
We cannot be a world leader because the rest of the world is not following.
For the sake of middle New Zealand, who voted you in at the last election, scrap the ETS.
email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
post: John Key, Prime Minister, C/- Parliament Buildings, Wellington; Nick Smith, Minister for Environment, C/- Parliament Buildings, Wellington.