The science has been in for a long time. Human pollution is causing the planet to super heat and risk catastrophic climate change. Feedback loops built into nature will start exacerbating the damage. Permafrost thawing, frozen methane on the sea floor, desalination of the global ocean current, vast spikes and collapses in temperatures that wipe out huge numbers of animals.
The inevitable Russian roulette we are risking by continuing to allow free market capitalism to promote quarterly profit margins over future investment is the problem. This Government’s ‘fast follower’ status rather than ‘leadership’ on climate change is driven by a mix of self interest and appeasing their climate denier voters. With many National Party MPs in the pocket of the agricultural industry, any moves against them by this Government will be meaningless…
Agriculture ruled out in Emissions Trading Scheme review
The Government has started its review of the Emissions Trading Scheme but has ruled out any consideration of agriculture in that review.
The review would consider how the scheme would have to change to help ensure New Zealand could meet its new post 2020 target of reducing emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, Climate Change Minister Tim Groser said.
Almost half of New Zealand’s emissions are from agriculture and it is not included in the scheme. Mr Groser ruled out re-considering that despite the Ministry for the Environment saying in a briefing paper last month it did expect agriculture to be considered.
…how much denial is the National Government in? Look at their response to rising sea level data…
Finance Minister Bill English says the Government will not budget for the costs of rising sea levels, despite a call from Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Jan Wright to plan for the cost.
…see no climate change, speak no climate change, hear no climate change seems to be actual policy.
Our Government has put all our cows in one Beijing paddock, and dairy intensification has stolen water from democratic bodies set up to distribute it. The dairy intensification has increased pollution into our rivers and removed incentives to grow forests. With the Government opening up more land to mining, National are more than happy to vandalise the environment for short term gain and that’s why they aren’t serious about climate change. Why would the National Party care about the environment of the future when they are so busy trashing it in the now?
NZ needs a green socialism and it needs it now.