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Thursday, December 21, 2006

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.


At 22/12/06 9:19 am, Blogger SamClemenz said...

It would be nice if collectively our politician's were required to have brains in order to be representing us.
Would it not make sense that one form of tax relief that could be offered to home owners would include direct incentives for making homes more energy efficient. Here's an example;

1. Let's say you're on $50,000.00 a year income in your household. For that income you pay tax of $12,000.00 for a net take home pay of $38,000.00.

2. Let's say it will cost you $10,000.00 to insulate and put double glazing into your home.

3. Why not allow a full tax rebate deduction for the cost to do it?

4. $50,000.00
$40,000.00 taxable income
-$ 8,000.00 income tax
net income = $32,000.00
You pick up $4000.00 in government contribution.(40% discount)on your taxes to do the job.

5. Your net income is reduced slightly ($6000.00) by your overall cost to do the job, but you lower your energy use /costs and the savings go directly into your pocket so you can afford to pay for other stupid government energy use reduction programs or to better keep up with strangling petrol prices at the pump.
Overall, if the government wants to bring in an intelligent energy policy it should be tied with tax incentives for the energy consumer to help us offset the costs instead of penalising us into compliance and allowing the energy companies to continue to rape us for the high prices they charge. It's a simple user pay program for older home owners, but the model can be applied to many other situations.
Sure would be nice if the government would actually Lead us instead of Govern us! Afterall they are elected to SERVE the people's interests - not to make money on us! Please regulate for a better future with everyone's WELL-BEING in mind!!!!!



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