Caution Necessary On Emissions Trading

Journalists seeking comment on emissions trading should be cautious and keep their readers/listeners/viewers fully informed when the person expressing an opinion might have a vested interest in a particular policy outcome.  For example, two people were interviewed on Morning Report this morning on the issue.  Both have had the value of the demand for the services they offer greatly diminished in the short term by the government’s decision to review policy in this area and to consider the possible alternative policy of a carbon tax.  This should have been stated clearly to the audience.

Declaration of interest

The Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce runs training courses, seminars and conferences on this topic and will sometimes turn a profit on these.  The Chamber also strives to achieve a true policy consensus on this issue.  Our members have mixed views on the best way forward but most agree that a carbon tax applied across all sectors would be the fairest approach and the economically most sensible policy.  That said, should a consensus form around a well designed emissions trading system we would not want to stand in the way of agreement on this way forward.

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