In today’s Sunday Star Times, Rod Oram wrote this opinion piece about what an opportunity Carbon Trading (or at least a carbon trading market) would be for New Zealand.
While his rationale is sound – the fact that we are geographically isolated, need a new business idea that we can get rolling as an early market entrant and have the legal and skill level to get it up and running. However I wonder if he is getting perhaps a little carried away and putting the cart before the horse. Just because NZ has the skills to get the market up and running does not mean it is a solid business proposition per se.
I’m not a climate change sceptic but I do feel that Carbon Trading has the worrying attributes of other sure fire solutions, and it’s astonishingly fast entry into everyday parlance does make one wonder just how thought out a solution it really is.
It seems that Carbon Trading could be easily used as an easy tool to enable businesses to find a marketing advantage and consumers appease their own guilt over their consumption but neither of these two results will actually have a position impact on the environment.
Does anyone else thinks it’s a little too fast for prudence?