So how “transformational” will the zero carbon legislation prove to be?
Many New Zealanders have come to believe global warming poses a real danger to their lives – but will the new legislation remove, or even lessen, the danger?
Under the legislation, agriculture for the first time is brought into the emissions trading scheme. That’s won support from Green lobbyists, but many say it’s too little, too late – “a weak-ass carbon reform”.
On the other side, the criticism is just as pointed. There are no tools to measure on-farm emissions and what the government proposes could shrivel NZ’s growth rate by up to $50bn a year. Continue reading “Leading the world and saving it, too – but let’s brace for a drop in our standard of living (and wellbeing)”
One lobby group spoke up on behalf of low-income people, when the government announced it is proposing to make electric, hybrid and fuel efficient vehicles more affordable.
Another – which speaks for car dealers – expressed a willingness to talk about the government’s plans.
Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter announced the policy, aimed at enabling families to “choose a vehicle that’s better for the climate and their back pocket”.
Presumably this will be done by calling on taxpayers to pick up a part of the tab.
Genter said the cars, utes and vans we use every day are also the fastest-growing source of harmful climate pollution and account for nearly 70 per cent of our transport emissions. Continue reading “Proposals to put the brakes on climate pollution run into a red light from Taxpayers’ Union”
Climate change warriors who are demanding NZ’s dairy herd be culled immediately to meet targets of lower methane emissions may be confounded by the evidence that leading farmers are already succeeding in lowering gas emissions. And the prospects of huge advances in other aspects of dairying, particularly in AI, robotics and the development of new crops, portend further gains..
And what’s holding up another key development?
It’s the intransigence of the so-called Green lobby against the introduction of genetic technology.
In a Ministry for the Environment briefing to Environment Minister David Parker in June 2018, officials warned NZ could fall behind the rest of the world in genetic engineering technologies. They said the rapid pace of technological change is forcing countries to clarify their positions, and recommended the government update the law. Continue reading “Culling our cows isn’t the only way to reduce emissions – but greenies shy from the GE option”
Winston Peters is too astute a politician to be oblivious to the outcome in what Opposition parties across the Tasman labelled the “climate change election”. Almost certainly, when he spoke in the debate of the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill on Tuesday afternoon, he was thinking of how the Australian Federal Labor Party lost the “unloseable” election simply because it campaigned so hard on what voters assessed as too demanding, and too costly, measures to combat global warming.
How else to explain his rambling defence of NZ First’s support for the bill? It was, almost word by word, as if he could feel support for NZ First in the rural regions evaporating.
He started by asking why the House was having the debate. His answer: because the previous National government had signed up to the Paris Agreement.
He went on to say the bill fulfills NZ First’s agreement with Labour to establish a Climate Change Commission, “but one that does not resemble the statutory or arbitrary or final powers of the Reserve Bank”\, Continue reading “Why Winston Peters should be paying heed to the outcome of Australia’s climate change election”
The Ardern government wants to lead the world in implementing measures to combat climate change. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern put her personal stamp on this by saying it will be her government”s “nuclear-free” moment.
The science on global warming is clear, say both Labour and the Greens. So shouldn’t every kind of science be used to combat it?
Well, no, says the Green Party. It refuses to contemplate genetic modification as an instrument for example in the campaign to make NZ-predator free.
Predator Free 2050 is forbidden from carrying out any research which could lead to the use of genetic modification or gene editing, a letter written by Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage shows. Continue reading “Green co-leader will be led by science – but GM is not yet a Shaw thing”
PM Jacinda Ardern has been making waves in the Swiss Alps, we are informed by Amanda Larsson of Greenpeace NZ, writing in the Dominion-Post. It’s a feat to command worldwide attention.
Moreover, Larsson believes Ardern quickly emerged as a “star of the show” at the World Economic Forum and a leader on climate change.
“We should be proud that, with the eyes of the world on us, we’re returning to our rightful place on an issue of great moral fortitude”.
But, wait for it,
“ … before we bask too much, we must also turn our eyes closer to home and make sure that what we’re doing to tackle climate change matches our bold global stance”. Continue reading “Climate change and environmentalists – it’s time they gave the green light to GE science”
The Point of Order check on Beehive press statements – which suggests ministerial globetrotting has been on hold during the Christmas-New Year holiday period – tries to keep watch over just one governmental rat-hole. But Wellington is riddled with these rat-holes – far too many for the news media to monitor, especially in an era when newspapers and broadcasting companies are having their more experienced watchdogs put down and increasingly treat their audiences as consumers rather than concerned citizens.
Readers should be grateful, therefore, for the work of organisations such as the New Zealanders Taxpayers Union.
The union has alerted us to Ministry for the Environment officials “enjoying luxurious trips abroad...”
Since July 2017 – it says – the ministry has spent $769,955 on international flights, at an average cost per person per trip of $6,637. Continue reading “How MfE mandarins make a jumbo contribution (at our expense) to greenhouse gas emissions”