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The carbon elephant in the room

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OPINION: The Coalition Government on Tuesday came out and admitted it wouldn't die in a ditch to achieve a 100 per cent renewable electricity system by 2035.

And that's because they realised that ditch would be filled with freezing low-income households suffering from energy poverty and broken businesses crushed under the weight of an ideological dream.

The Interim Climate Change Committes's (ICCC) report on accelerated electrification of New Zealand's economy was finally released this week and pulled the rug out from under those who choose ideology over science and economics.

ICCC Chair Dr David Prentice has led the delivery of a highly credible piece of work, starkly contrasting the trade-offs between sustainability, affordability and reliability and pointing out the high costs to New Zealand households and even higher costs to businesses of a dogmatic pursuit of a 100 per cent renewable electricity system in a normal hydrological year by 2035.

* Farmers exempt from 95 percent of emissions charges under new proposed rules
* Experts warn 100pc renewable electricity target will hurt New Zealand's wider climate goals
* A fundamental change in the way we power our........

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