Came across this yesterday “Report Warns More Needs To Be Done To Address Climate Change“ so here’s my take on it.
N.Z. will never step up and face the fact that we have a major problem with our emissions. Not only into the air, but into the ground as well – a stunning example is the toxic lake in Canterbury that has already killed about 30 sheep and now it has been declared as unsafe for humans – “dangerous” was the word used. A couple of teaspoons could easily kill a small child.
Now, smack me round the head with a rotten leek if I’m wrong in saying that the cause of this algae bloom (which is not a new thing) is too much nitrogen and phosphorus – and where does that originate from? My thinking is – agriculture – and, because our agriculture has intensified over the past few years, so has the algae bloom (in more areas than just Canterbury).
Unfortunately Canterbury is in a state of drought which has exacerbated the problem. And, blow me down, they are getting rid of water via big business who bottle it up and ship it off overseas.
But, getting back to climate change and this government’s approach. (you’ll get used to the fact that I digress a lot – but, hey, I always get back onto topic). And that approach is, that we don’t really have to actually DO anything, just buy carbon credits …. and dodgy ones at that! Wow, we really do have a “she’ll be right” attitude.
When Paula Bennet (our Climate Change Minister) was asked whether the government would cancel any of the 122.2 million tonnes of these dodgy credits, she said “not ruling it out, but it’s not my focus right now” – translation: “Nope not going to do a thing, and we’ll find something else to get you excited about – like the Olympics – and then it will be forgotten”
And just to finish off … Our government, who prattles on about our sustainable energy, has allowed Genesis Energy to extend the date of the closure of the two fossil fuel plants at Huntly, which were supposed to have been shut down in 2018 – guess what? they are now going to be staying open until 2022 – so much for making New Zealand electricity greener!
Oh, well, in the quagmire of politics one has to wade through the shit to find the gems ….
Unfortunately for N.Z. there are no gems with this Government – only shit and we really are bogged down. Mind you, I seriously question the alternative parties and their abilities with shovels.