Don’t be so bitter please Green Party
United Future has shown some real initiative by looking at the problems of global warming and thinking outside the square with their suggestion to increase mortgages by $5000 to pay for proper insulation and thus reduce energy needs. The Greens shat on the idea with Jeanette effectively rolling her eyes, that was a dumb move. I interviewed Peter Dunn a couple of months ago, and he was honest enough to admit that he had only opened his mind to the wider issues of Global Warming recently and would start work on policy. These solutions he has suggested are radical but they address the problem with real ideas, the reason that Jeanette reacted so bitterly is because United Future has come out more radical than the Greens, who since not electing Nandor as co-leader have attempted to paint themselves off as diet green to win over soccer mums. Peter gets that the problem is huge and that as we see more and more climate change, the public will demand real radical action from politicians, the Greens need to stop being bashful about being green, the other parties dropped all pretences the second they realised there are now real concerns within the community about global climate change..
United Future unveils climate change policy
Householders would be encouraged to take out bank loans to insulate their homes under United Future policy to address climate change.
It also wants consumers to buy newer, more fuel-efficient cars and wants to limit the number of older imports coming into the country.
Its policy on climate change released today focuses on what individuals can do.
This includes encouraging home owners to borrow around $5000 from banks to insulate their homes, money United Future says will be recouped in savings on consumers' energy bills.
United Future leader Peter Dunne said there would be costs on individuals as a result of climate change but "we are at a point in the life of our planet where significant change needs to be made if we are to survive".
That change could not be made cheaply or easily, he said.
United Future MP Gordon Copeland said there were around one million homes in New Zealand that were poorly insulated.