One of the snippets announced while John Key was over performing for Letterman recently was a call for action on research into emissions:
NZ pushes for Global Alliance on agricultural emissions
Prime Minister John Key says the New Zealand Government is pushing for a Global Alliance to research how to cut world-wide greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture. Mr Key has been participating with other world leaders at the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Change Summit in New York today.
What a great idea! And what astoundingly hypocritical posturing given that National stupidly ignored advice and axed what should have been the backbone of New Zealand’s contribution to such research, the NZ Fast Forward fund (and the research tax credits):
Fast Forward was designed and funded to be very strategic. It was a true government-business partnership that would have channelled up to $2b over 15 years into science, research, product development and business capability building. If its principles were applied, the dairy and fishery strategies might have looked exciting and credible. But, without such a framework, the government is making piecemeal decisions on funding primary sector research, leading to varying degrees of chaos.
“Varying degrees of chaos” indeed. National should Rewind and reinstate Fast Forward. Then perhaps we could call for a Global Alliance with some kind of credibility.