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Kyoto2 commended in Parliament

On 20 November 2006 the former Work & Pensions Secretary Andrew Smith MP (Labour, Oxford East) spoke about the plannned Climate Change Bill and the Stern Report and commended Kyoto2 to David Miliband, Environment Secretary and other colleagues. See the original Hansard transcript at

"The Stern report has important key messages for international collective action, including what Sir Nicholas calls "the urgent challenge" of a transparent and comparable carbon price, and building on the institutions of the Kyoto protocol. The challenge is to put in place an effective cap on greenhouse gases, while minimising the distortion and bureaucracy that the system and its policing might impose. The further development of cap-and-trade arrangements for CO2 and other greenhouse gases looks to me like the best way of doing that.

"One of my constituents, Mr. Oliver Tickell, has developed a scheme for combining a global cap on emissions under the United Nations framework with an ascending auction of global emission rights. He has set it out clearly on a website called, and I commend it to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and other colleagues.

"So I greatly welcome the Government's commitment to the climate change Bill. Along with tax measures, public spending and international initiatives, it can be a decisive step toward a sustainable environment. One striking thing about the Stern report was not just its setting out the appalling economic cost of failing to tackle climate change but the, by comparison, relatively modest cost of doing something about it, so long as we take the right action now. I look forward to a Bill with the ambition, reach and powerful measures needed to do just that."


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