Fighting the Climate War
12 May, 2019
With the introduction of the Net Zero emissions targets this week, more uncertainty and pressure has been added to both our agriculture and manufacturing industries, and for what result?
Even if New Zealand was to reduce its emissions and meet these targets using as yet undiscovered technologies, it would make little to no difference to the world’s environment while penalising and crippling New Zealand’s industries. We really need to ask ourselves, “Is this the best use of our time and resources if we are serious about a better environment for future generations?”
For two years New Conservative has been calling for the removal of the ETS, and a focus of our limited resources on finding pollution solutions.
Climate science is not settled. What we can all agree on is that we want to be clean and green, so we need to reduce the pollutants that we are releasing into the environment. The best way to tackle that is by investing in research into pollution solutions, and then exporting those solutions worldwide to make a truly global difference. The estimated $1.4Bl to $2.4Bl per annum the Paris Agreement 2015 will cost us could be much better spent on research by universities and other research units.
One very obvious pollutant is 1080. Hundreds of litres, 80% of the world's use, is dumped on New Zealand land and rivers annually. Contrary to some misconceptions, it does not break down, but simply dilutes as it travels through the ecosystem and out to sea. This is a cruel and indiscriminate killer which not only removes target species, but others in their food chain as well. The only reason we use 1080 is that it is the cheapest option available to us in the eradication of predators.
Setting a timeline for phasing out 1080 while simultaneously redirecting Carbon funds to set up alternatives would enable us to make a genuine difference.
New Zealand needs a long term plan of not just which battles to fight, but what we hope to achieve by victory, and reducing carbon seems to achieve nothing.