Reprinted from No Right Turn:
Climate change: Farmers can afford the ETS
Phil Goff’s announcement over the weekend that agriculture will be brought into the ETS has met with the usual response from farmers: whining. They can’t afford it. It will bankrupt them. We should “revere” them as the backbone of the country (and no doubt offer them rows of nubile young sheep into the bargain). So, how much would it actually cost them?
2.5 cents per kg of milk solids, according to the Ministry for the Environment [PDF, p. 4]. Compare that to their expected payout this year of over $8 per kilo, and you can see that they’re bullshitting us. They can afford it; its just that they’d rather shirk their responsibility and force us to pay in their place.
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In related news, Phil Goff reported that Fonterra CEO Andrew Ferrier told him there would be no increased cost to consumers from agriculture coming into the ETS. When given the chance on camera to deny that, Ferrier declined. He wouldn’t confirm it either, because it would kill agriculture’s excuse-making.
Fed Farmers’ head Don Nicholson, meanwhile, says we should “revere” farmers and stop asking them to pay for a fraction of their greenhouse emissions, or stop polluting our rivers, or pay their damn taxes like the rest of us have to.