Climate Change Minister Tim Groser: “Our farmers have been reducing their emissions by 1.3% per year for two decades” (that’s emissions per unit of output, btw, not absolute – although total emissions from agriculture are down in recent years). Groser on why farming should be out of the ETS: “we’ll introduce biological emissions into the ETS when we think there credible abatement technologies out there.”
Um. So, farmers are reducing their emissions but it’s not fair to put them into the ETS – ie. everyone else should pay for their emissions through our tax dollars – because there’s no way for them to reduce their emissions….
Let’s face the truth: farmers can reduce their emissions and paying the price of their pollution would encourage them to take up the opprtunties to reduce them further. But, instead, National is making us subsidise agricultural pollution.
Worse, they’re just not taking climate chane seriously, even as we see more extreme heatwaves and more storms.