Again I am drawn to the hypocrisy of the latest government dent to the (rich) consumers wallet. The biggest polluters are the dairy industry. The government already bowed to pressure from the ever hard done by farmers and axed the fart tax. Now the government is not going to tackle our biggest polluter until 2013 and even then farmers will be given a generous free allocation of carbon credits equivalent to 90% of their 2005 emissions. In other words its a slap on the wrist with a wet hanky. We all know Fonterra makes money hand over fist. Butter went up 23% this week and milk increased 9.6% in July. Why? Simply because they can. The follow on effect is huge with milk and butter the basic ingredients in so many foods. Shame on you Fonterra you robber barons.
Back to the hypocrisy lets consider the facts. Our government wants us to lessen our reliance on fossil fuels but at the same time Solid Energy (the State Owned Enterprise) exported 2.18mt of coal in 2005 which earned US$140m for the consolidated coffers. 5% of our electricity production is based on coal but the government wants to hit the (rich) consumer with an up to 5% increase to the price of electricity. Solid Energy estimates that at our current domestic production levels we have enough coal to last us for 1000 years! 8% of our coal exports go to China where a new coal fired power plant is opened every 7 to 10 days! Recently we have seen some staggering claims of potential oil and gas fields still untapped around our country with the biggest located in the Southern Basin. And what did we do with this untapped reserve? We pawned it to ExxonMobil, a US company with a market cap of US$470m!
As a consumer I am being hit for the poor decisions made by our ever out of touch government. I don't burn coal to produce electricity the government burns coal. The whole monopolistic power industry is government owned and government run and government profited from. Every day government owned, polluting jet aircraft arch through the sky taking another load of kiwis off on holiday to Fiji, our favourite, local military dictatorship. If you think about it our MP's probably on average rake up more carbon air miles in a year than your average Madonna world tour as they commute from their homes to the Beehive.
So far the only person who has made any sense in this whole global warming farce was Augie Auer who sadly died while dining with family in June this year:
In a 19 May 2007 interview with The Timaru Herald newspaper, Augie said this:
“Water vapour was responsible for 95 per cent of the greenhouse effect, an effect which was vital to keep the world warm. …If we didn't have the greenhouse effect the planet would be at minus 18 deg C but because we do have the greenhouse effect it is plus 15 deg C, all the time. The other greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide, methane, nitrogen dioxide, and various others including CFCs, contributed only five per cent of the effect, carbon dioxide being by far the greatest contributor at 3.6 per cent. It would be like trying to increase the temperature of bath tub full of water using one drop from an eye dropper"
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Comment by bradstewart, on 20-Sep-2007 14:50
Seriously haven't heard anyone talk this much sense in a long time. When are you running for a seat??
Comment by sbiddle, on 20-Sep-2007 15:14
I'd love to know how we're going to generate all the extra power to recharge the electric cars on the roads that Helen Clark is going to make us buy.
Electric cars simply can't work due to the problems with charging them and hybrid cars while being "green" are simply inefficient.
Comment by cyberhub, on 21-Sep-2007 12:01
I believe that humans are stuffing up the earth mainly because of greed, the governments reaction to such things is the same as always lets create more bureaucracy and tax everyone more. New Zealanders pay a huge amount of tax anyhow and now it is going to go up. My other gripe is who gets the money if New Zealand goes over it's carbon allowance? I suspect the people that set the whole thing up. Nice little income earner in the guise of wanting to look after the environment.
Comment by mike, on 12-Nov-2007 15:26
You obviously have no understanding of GHG. Can your please provide a scientific source for the 95% figure, no I didn't think you can. According to the scientific literature and climate experts, CO2 contributes anywhere from 9% to 30% to the overall greenhouse effect. Augie is lying, he doesnot talk about the differnce between feedback effects (that of wateer) and forcing effects (that of carbon dioxide).
If you are serious about understanding, try reading this http://www.realclimate.org/index.php?p=220...
Your quote is a sad climate skeptics arguement which is wrong and really sad
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