Up to date results (well if you call up till 2005 up to date) show that we’ve been increasing rather than decreasing CO2 output.
While Aunty Helen might wax poetic about NZ becoming carbon neutral it is interesting (and obvious) to note that at the same time as economic activity has been increasing, CO2 outputs also have.
It reminds me of some statistics during the consent hearing for the Kate Valley Landfill in North Canterbury. At the hearing we heard that refuse volume growth correlates almost exactly with economic activity growth – an obvious correlation that seems to have passed the politicos by.
What would be really interesting would be to here Clark et al explain how we will have economic growth while at the same time reducing carbon emissions.