The Greens are going a lighter shade of Lime by once again allowing the Farming Industry off the hook by not including methane in the climate change emissions.
This is bullshit.
Yes Methane doesn’t have the life of carbon, but it’s over 20 times more potent at holding heat, so a small spike of methane can have huge impacts on the planet. Leaving methane out is such a spineless move by the Greens and is further proof that while they can do identity politics until they have arrested everyone for micro-aggressions, they will fold on actual environmental policy if it spooks industry.
Methane is now becoming the new danger front on climate change. The huge amounts of frozen methane on the bottom of warming oceans and the methane that is pouring out of the permafrost all look like tipping point events that once embarked upon we can’t do anything to stop.
The Greens, who know this, are using environmentalism to get elected but aren’t prepared to be radical enough to do the things that must be done, and this isn’t the first example.
Take the new Government’s much vaunted decision to ban future oil exploration rights. The decision does sweet fuck all for the here and now, they are just vacant promises made in the future sometime which can be easily reversed.
Look at the pure sophistry of their plans to make NZ carbon neutral by 2050.
By 2030, over 50% of the oceans will be collapsing as bio-habitats.
By 2030, East Coast cities in the U.S. can expect to see two to three-times as many flooding incidents.
By 2030, 122million will be driven into extreme poverty as direct result of climate change.
By 2030, 100million will die as a direct consequence of climate change.
By 2030, even if the Paris Agreement is actually implemented, we will see a planet warm to 3.4 degrees by the end of this century meaning there will effectively be no future civilisation capable of surviving on a planet that warm.
2030, the number of extremely hot days — classified as maximum temperatures of more than 35C — are tipped to climb in all capital cities.
And by 2050 NZ might be carbon neutral.
See, when you actually compare what the planet will look like by 2030, being carbon neutral by 2050 looks meaningless doesn’t it?
The magnitude of what we need to do to adapt to counter the nightmare unending capitalism has wrought upon the planet is simply beyond the capacity of the current political establishment and that is most apparent with the Greens.
Jacinda was 100% right when she called climate change our nuclear free moment. Unfortunately what she and the greens are proposing on climate change is about as pointless as the duck and cover advice in the event of a nuclear explosion from the 1950s.
A Socialist Green Aotearoa Party would have an economic solution to this.