We have very good climate scientists in New Zealand, but the government isn’t exactly promoting them.
Wanting us to be followers rather than leaders, taking us out of Kyoto 2, diluting our ETS into a polluter-subsidy scheme, getting us fossil awards, even only having an economic plan of mining and more dirty dairy (along with asset sales and gambling)… National are consistently on the wrong side of the argument.
So I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise that they’re planning on more than halving the climate research budget from $10 million/year to $4.5 million.
Instead of looking at and planning for humanity’s greatest current challenge, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has recommended scaling back funding for Climate Change Research Grants – and then promptly ran off overseas.
So it’s been left to Jo Goodhew, his associate, to defend his actions (fresh from justifying why targets which have got National to a 25% female caucus are good, but any actions to try and achieve targets are bad).
She said Government would continue to invest in climate change research but this research would be more closely aligned with current Government policy – in particular the Business Growth Agenda. That’d be the Business Growth Agenda that is largely about research into mineral exploitation.
So we won’t be looking at business opportunities from climate change, but business opportunities to cause climate change.
Nice one National.