Climate Party launched

A new party has been launched ahead of the election next month.

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The Climate Party says it aims to make addressing climate change a high priority.

It believes that the Government has not been taking the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions seriously enough.

The Party also says New Zealand's emissions trading scheme has degenerated into a farce, saying that the current emissions charges are far too low to address the steadily climbing emissions levels or to cover the damage these emissions are causing.

"New Zealand has enormous potential to replace fossil fuels with energy from renewable sources such as wind, solar, hydro and bio-fuels," party spokesperson Peter Whitmore says.

"This would be a win-win solution. Not only would it knock back our emissions but we could also start saving on the over $7 billion a year we currently spend on imported fossil fuels."