The much vaunted carbon zero bill is out for viewing and the major win is that after over a decade of slogging it out to get the politicians to accept they got it wrong about methane, they finally accept that now and have set different targets.
It is frustrating that the extent of methane mistake is not driven home and the buffoons who made it are called to account. I also always thought that once you demonstrate that what the Government was saying about methane was wrong, then people would start to question the Government line on other aspects of its global warming policy, but the level of gullibility we are seeing from people and our media is astonishing.
No one it seems links the split gas approach to a previous mistake. It would not take too many brain cells to realise that what the Government is now saying about methane is different to what they used to say and ask yourself what has changed? But no one who I have seen comment on the split gas approach has figured this out.
So while the split gas approach is vindication of our position and some reward for years of fighting the methane nonsense peddled by our politicians and environmentalists, the level of reductions required is excessive. Farmers have been let down once more by their hapless spokespeople and leaders. Dairy NZ, Beef and Lamb, Feds and Fonterra continue to be hopeless.
These groups are gutless. They spent years peddling the Government line that methane was doing all this harm and only recently modified their stance once our message became more politically acceptable. But they did themselves and farmers no good adopting dodgy viewpoints that some methane reduction was needed, when there is enough scientific evidence to justify our position that methane only needs to stabilize.
Agreeing methane needs to reduce, despite the science, and in a forlorn attempt to appease the environmentalists, is akin to putting the noose around your own neck. Now these clowns are surprised the Government is going to pull the rope tight.
On an encouraging note, one thing to remember is that while the methane reduction targets are excessive and un-achievable, so too is the whole bill.
The Government cannot reduce emissions by legislating they be reduced, it actually needs other policy interventions to achieve that so the bill itself does nothing but provide a stick for environmentalists to beat the Government with. I will also happily bet that by 2030 methane emissions will not have decreased by 10% and by 2050 we will be nowhere near carbon zero. In fact the bill itself is another example of the dishonesty and fraud that is synonymous with global warming policy. Having rightly not required carbon sourced from methane to go to zero, the bill cannot honestly be even called a carbon zero bill.
The bill will have a submission process which will provide opportunities to highlight the unfairness of the targets and the scientific flaws in the reasoning of them. The huge resources of the farming industry mean they could commission some pretty impressive scientific reports to submit, which would force some sense in to it, but will they?
The submission process will also be an opportunity to hit the Government because having acknowledged methane is different the Government has acknowledged their previous position and statements were wrong and highlighted lots of anomalies and inconsistencies in its approach so far, and these should be used against the Government.
From the outset the Government has made a botch up of methane and its mistakes continue. Pastural Farming Climate Research will be submitting on the bill and we will commission some reports which will support our stance that the methane mistake continues in to the proposed legislation. If you have not donated for a while please consider helping us, as to be successful we will need to get quite technical and commission some advice.
Lastly an update on our video, it has over 13000 views so far which is encouraging. You can help by sending it to anyone you think needs to know about The Methane Mistake.
If you want a bit of a laugh at our Government’s expense, you might enjoy this, trees emit methane too. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/03/trees-release-methane-what-it-means-climate-change/