Editorial: Key-oto climbdown

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19th November, 2012
John Key and his Government have chosen an unfortunate time to announce that New Zealand will not sign up to the second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol. Instead, this country will become a “fast follower” of international climate change policy – a phrase coined more than five years ago by David Skilling, the former head of the New Zealand Institute, at a time when the then Labour Government was developing a world-beating emissions trading scheme, Australia had still not ratified the Kyoto Protocol and US policy was dominated by people who doubted that human-induced climate ...

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