simon dallow had a good go at him…but hodgson did a fair job answering his calls to resign and to explain how we have gone from a credit nation to a debit nation in one stroke of a pen..
hodgeson pointed out that the much touted billion dollar figure is actually spread over five years, and that $100 million dollars a year will be the actual cost..
he also pointed out that the previous predictions were factored on an oil price of $30 a barrel…..whereas now oil is $60 a barrel..
hodgeson also quite rightly pointed out that the dots need to be joined here..that climate change and the effects wrought are the real issues facing us..and that new zealand will be one of the countries most effected by that climate change..
then nick smith, nationals’ spokesperson on environmental issues is wheel out..he then follows his leaders’ stance of climate change denial/questioning(!)..(thereby labelling himself, and of course his leader brash, as a neo-luddite..
the agenda interviewer simon dallow is looking at smith with a puzzled expression of disbelief, (especially given smiths’ well-documented prior stances on climate change..where he was firmly in the camp of the believers..)
smith calls for the kyoto figures/projections to be peer reviewed..and for a program of tree planting (esp in areas prone to erosion),
both of these are, of course, good ideas..
hodgeson replies that the kyoto projection figures are in the process of being peer reviewed, and that legislation is before the house to dramatically raise the level of tree planting..
smith then bangs on in an entirely uninspiring/unconvincing way..
hodgeson being asked to fall on his sword over this is unreasonable..if anyone is accountable(?), it is the officials/experts to gave him the false confidence to run all over the place trumpeting the big bucks we were going to make from the (ethically questionable?), sale of carbon credits..
but as for the encounter between hodgeson and smith you’d have to rate it 5 zip to hodgeson..
(a full transcript of this interview will be found at www.agenda.tv.nz.)