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We pay for pollution

Written By: - Date published: 2:43 pm, April 12th, 2012 - 14 comments
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If National believe in the free-market like they say they do, they need to send the correct market signals.  If there is no cost to farmers polluting, there will be no innovation or strong action on improving their greenhouse gas emissions.

Where we could be taking the lead and developing the green technologies to sell to the world, we await others to see what they will do.

So instead of boldness and fiscal responsibility they’ve delayed entry for agriculture until 2015 already, and are now looking at putting it off for another 3 years, despite their own review recommending entry in 2015.

That means we taxpayers foot their bill.

Fonterra can’t afford to pay, but apparently your average tax-payer (or small business) can.

In further sops to polluters they will keep the cap for pollution credits at $25 per unit (1 unit = 2 tons of CO2), when the review recommends raising the cap $5 per year (and it already costs more than $NZ25/unit  in the EU’s similar scheme); and, the buy one get one free polluter subsidy will phase out over 3 years instead of terminating at the end of this year.

That’ll really put the boot in and help us stop climate change.

Global problems?  Market leaders?  Even our own clean green image? Don’t call National…

14 comments on “We pay for pollution ”

  1. Clashman 1

    So we have to pay thier carbon tax and then get raped at the supermarket when we want to buy dairy products?

    • ghostwhowalksnz 1.1

      Not only pay their carbon tax , but give Fonterra a $200 million tax credit every year.

      Thats right Fonterra doesnt pay any tax but gets a tax credit due to the way they are structured as a cooperative.

      No withholding tax either on the farmers payouts !

    • fender 1.2

      Either way we have to pay, rather than absorb the costs of their pollution when it comes time to pay, they will just increase the price of their products.

  2. james 111 2

    Great to see the left being conned by those they hate the most the big corporations making huge profits.

    There is a real possibility that millions of people have been suckered into a climate change ideology albeit for all the right altruistic reasons; but have inadvertently ended up as pawns to be manipulated at will by profit driven corporations and controlling governments.

    For further information on this article see http://www.datalite.org/global-warming-climate-change-ultimate-con.html

    • Draco T Bastard 2.1

      You’re the one being conned. We know that the RWNJ governments that you support are totally corrupt and so will do the corporations bidding.

    • tc 2.2

      Ah the funny man, where’s my personal transport pod dude ? Do each of the 1’s represent your score out of ten on the intellect, social and emotional capability indicators?

    • fender 2.3

      Great to see the left being angry and calling to account the ones who hate people the most; the big corporations making huge profits at the expense of the planet and taxpayers.


  3. Cactus Kate 3

    An example of the Nats mixed principles. Centrist-right politics at its worst.
    Those of us you refer as RWNJ (the true right) are entirely principled in this matter.
    If the Nats wish to be part of the silly ETS then the polluter should pay. Fonterra can afford it and should be sent the bill for it even if they couldn’t afford it, they are the polluter.
    Good post Ben.

  4. fatty 4

    Critiquing the ETS does not only come from the RWNJs…anyone with a brain realises the ETS will not solve the issue of global warming.
    The RWNJs hate the ETS cause it stifles their greedy desires. Others who are against it are because they know its a dirty plaster on a gaping wound.
    Pollution and global warming are inevitable consequences of our capitalist utopia.
    For me, in Christchurch, my main concern is the blind march of farmers (and the rest of us) towards the impossible concept of efficiency.
    Once you get more efficient, you have to become more efficient, and then more efficient…etc, etc.

    • Colonial Viper 4.1

      For me, in Christchurch, my main concern is the blind march of farmers (and the rest of us) towards the impossible concept of efficiency.
      Once you get more efficient, you have to become more efficient, and then more efficient…etc, etc.

      The ultimate economy is the one which doesn’t need any employees/workers. Surely.

      • bbfloyd 4.1.1

        “doesn’t need any employees/workers”. that would be the one that gives johnny sparkle wet dreams?

  5. spammer 5

    I don’t really see the problem to be honest. The whole reason farmers entry was delayed was because they had no actual way to reduce emissions and realistically they still don’t. It’s easy to point the finger but in their situation what would you actually do to reduce emissions? Running vehicles less will only go so far when the majority of emissions comes from cattle that the country needs.
    Another point in their defense is that farmers don’t get credited for a lot of their bush land, though this is almost exclusively a sheep farm issue and they aren’t huge emitters anyway.

    • jimgreen 5.1

      Ive heard of great success through de-stocking via intensive stock culling based on if the animal has bred that year. The farmer achieved year on year increases in fertility and eventually from a reduced herd size he was getting the same number of calves as his original herd.

      The same would probably apply to meat quality, something I hear the brits have one-up on us.

      This government is dead-set against innovation and efficiency.

  6. fatty 6

    ” the majority of emissions comes from cattle that the country needs.”

    I struggle to understand how I need cattle?…I don’t eat dairy – its unhealthy, its GMO’d out the ringer and its overpriced.
    Any money ‘NZ’ receives from it is funnelled to a few. Other industries that could be just as productive are forgotten. Our obsession with it will bite us when international prices drop the same way it did in the 70s.
    Its currently driving us into a stinky and polluted dead-end. We are slowly shooting ourselves in our foot regarding our other key industry – tourism. I would much rather have a lower, more reliable and evenly spread GDP based on economic diversity.
    Clean water would be nice too…there is no point banning fracking in Christchurch if our water is already full of cow shit.
    Its a lose, lose, lose, situation…you can add another lose when we sell the farms overseas.

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