With the 18th annual UN Climate Change Conference drawing to a close , New Zealand has just been ranked worst-equal of the 194 countries participating.
Here's the Fossil Award text:
"After a 5 year reign as the Colossal Fossil, it seems Canada is refusing to bow out gracefully into the irrelevance that comes with being an historic climate laggard. They, instead, stood strong for inaction throughout these talks, challenged only by the up-and-coming New Zealand.
For a country whose emissions are similar in scale to the Canadian tar sands, New Zealand has demonstrated exceptional blindness to scientific and political realities. Surprising many and disappointing all, New Zealand has fought hard to unseat 5-time Colossal Fossil winner, Canada, in a campaign of extreme selfishness and irresponsibility.
While New Zealand may have helped drown the talks for another year, New Zealand's small and vulnerable Pacific neighbours should take heart that they have not been forgotten - New Zealand intends to drown them too."
This achievement has not been easy. But it has been made possible by a combination of NZ Government policies:
- a continuing refusal to enter a quantified emission budget for 2013-20;
- rejection of a legal obligation to cut emissions under a 2nd commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol;
- an impudent demand to have full access to the Kyoto flexible mechanism and full carry-over of our 1st period surplus, despite such a rejection;
- the final gutting of our domestic ETS, described by Mr Groser as a Rolls Royce model ready to be revved up at any time; and
- showing an uncharacteristic disregard to the pleas of the small island states for us to reverse our decision and join Kyoto 2 as Australia has done.
Kennedy Graham , currently in Doha said “I congratulate Mr Key and his lieutenant, Mr Groser, for their remarkable resolve in persevering against all reason and logic in the face of the climate science, to win this award. With this symbol of our commitment to destroying the planet in the course of this century, they have set back New Zealand diplomacy more than any other action for many decades.
“In answer to a parliamentary question from me ten days ago, Mr Groser laughed off the fossil awards as if it were a badge of honour. In doing so, he shows a contempt for civil society and a lack of knowledge and understanding of global politics in the modern world.”