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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.

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

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

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