Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


UN Report On Methane Is Not Relevant To New Zealand’s Situation

“A UN report calling for big cuts to methane emissions does not mean that the Government’s policy of taxing New Zealand farmers for their livestock methane emissions is warranted.” Robin Grieve of FARM said today.

The report highlights concerns over increases in global methane emissions, mainly from fossil sources, but that is not relevant to the situation in New Zealand where emissions are mostly biological and stable and therefore part of an atmospherically neutral cyclical. Our emissions are not responsible for the global increase in atmospheric methane and neither are they contributing to global temperature increases because stable methane emissions cannot do that. This is because these emissions cause no increase in atmospheric greenhouse gas concentration.

The UN report calls for reductions in methane simply because CO2 emissions are not reducing enough, not because stable biological methane emissions such as we have in New Zealand are causing temperatures to increase. The report maintains reducing methane will offset some of these CO2 emissions and give us more time, but the New Zealand Government must not misconstrue this as meaning farm emissions are causing global warming, because they are not.

The report authors see reducing methane as a cheap way to buy time and allow more CO2 emissions. Plugging leaking gas pipes, flaring methane vents and capturing landfill emissions are all cheap options and may well buy time but that is a completely different matter to knee capping our biggest industry, farming, and crippling it with unjustified taxes especially for dubious causes such as subsidising CO2 emitters.

The New Zealand Climate Commission admits in its draft report that the only reason it calls for cuts in New Zealand methane emissions is to offset CO2 emissions which it says cannot be reduced quickly enough. The Climate Commission also unbelievably calls for farmers to be taxed if they do not subsidise these CO2 emitters by reducing their methane emissions.

Methane emissions in New Zealand are not the problem they may be in other parts of the world and the New Zealand Government must not be distracted by the anti-farming brigade who call for cuts to farming and be cognizant of the science of methane as it applies to New Zealand’s situation.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The America’s Cup, Critical Race Theory And A New, Weekly Music Playlist

So… Why don’t they just cut to the chase, and call it the Emirates Cup? As this column predicted several months ago, the next America’s Cup challenge is headed overseas. Here’s what Werewolf said back in March:
Emirates has made a major commitment to Portsmouth/Isle of Wight as a sailing centre of excellence – and voila, that’s where the next challenger of record is coming from, and where the next Cup contest could well be sailed. Such incredible luck for Emirates, right..? More>>


Marine: Wider Roll-out Of Cameras On Boats To Support Sustainability And Protect Marine Life

Up to 300 inshore commercial fishing vessels will be fitted with on-board cameras by 2024 as part of the Government’s commitment to protect the natural marine environment for future generations... More>>


Government: Plan For Vaccine Rollout For General Population Announced

New Zealanders over 60 will be offered a vaccination from July 28 and those over 55 from August 11, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today... More>>


Jewish Council: New Zealand Not Immune From Rise In Antisemitism

The representative body of New Zealand Jewry, the NZ Jewish Council (NZJC), has expressed concern about the high number of antisemitic incidents in New Zealand recorded last month. Spokesperson for the NZJC, Juliet Moses, said... More>>

NZNO: Nurses Reject DHB Offer And Confirm Strike Action

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation says its 30,000 members who work in DHBs have voted overwhelmingly to reject a second offer in their current round of multi-employer collective agreement (MECA) negotiations... More>>





InfoPages News Channels