The Greens have presented a sensible and feasible plan to reduce our greenhouse emissions to 40% less than 1990 levels by 2020. Contrary to Nick Smith’s scaremongering, it won’t break the bank. In fact, at current carbon credit prices, they will save us money.
So there you have it, with a little dedication and the right policy settings, we can emit 48Mt less carbon by 2020, taking us to 40% below 1990 levels. It doesn’t take miracle technology, it just takes government leadership.
You have to admire the Greens for putting together this level of research while the Government just throws up its hands and says nothing can be done.
OK. I know I shouldn’t bite but I can’t let Farrar’s rubbish criticism of the Greens’ plan stand.
First, he insists on talking in gross emissions, ignoring carbon sinks – it’s like measuring your financial position by only counting your debts.
Second, he’s getting all worked up that the Greens want to ‘shoot to cows’. Apart from the fact that we kill cows all the time, it’s not what the Greens are proposing. To reduce stock levels, which is both profitable and good for the environment, we just need to breed fewer animals.
Finally, this: “Then my eyes hit the next part: along with genetically improving herds toward less emission-prone cows. Can anyone spell hypocrisy?” Genetically improving herds means breeding the stock for desired traits. That’s not genetic modification – changing DNA, often by inserting genes from other species. He doesn’t understand that but he has the pomposity to lecture us on climate change? What a dork.
Unfortunately, it’s probably all moot. Doing our part to save the world from a disaster of our own making is too hard for this government.