After Friday’s joint press conference between Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, it is painfully clear that wherever New Zealand goes, Australia will meekly follow.
In this case, national agricultural industries are about to be sacrificed on the altar of “climate change” for – as far as we know – no scientific reason, given that our collective emissions are too low to make a difference.
Either way, both leaders declared their undying love for “net zero” and a shared fervent belief in catastrophic climate change (but only when it suits politics).
New Zealand has announced that there is an “urgent need” to implement the so-called carbon reduction plans – and this will naturally take the form of a tax. (They are socialists.)
Australians should be worried about Ardern’s so-called ‘caw tax’, designed to hit farmers for the emissions produced by their cows and sheep. This is a world’s first livestock tax and comes across as a truly reckless idea as the world is on the brink of a food crisis. Details are being worked out for a December deadline, with the tax due to hit in 2025.
After asking hundreds of thousands of Americans to fly across the Pacific emitting who knows how much CO2 emissions to prop up the tourism industry, Ardern and his climate change minister are now insisting he is essential to do something about methane. Yes, getting rid of animals and plants is now part of the “climate-friendly” trend to – uh – make the Earth greener? You don’t even get points anymore for maintaining a bird breeding wetland, as they are considered “problematic” for methane emissions.
“There is no doubt that we need to reduce the amount of methane we put into the atmosphere, and an effective emissions pricing system for agriculture will play a key role in how we do that,” James said. Shaw, New Zealand’s climate minister. To change.
The existence of a climate change minister is a big part of the problem. In order to justify his role, he sits around the creation of taxation and a green band.
This particular tax was born from the recommendations issued in the He Waka Eke Noa report that describes it as “a farm-level split gas tax on agricultural emissions with built-in incentives to reduce emissions and sequester carbon.”
If you don’t like the idea of taxation, New Zealand is also working on a “methane vaccine”, according to Jeremy Hill, chairman of the Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium.
“It would be a big step forward because, in theory, a vaccine could be implemented in any animal production system. It would be a real game-changer in the world.
It would certainly be a game-changer, but not in a good way. Given how our governments behaved the last time we tasked them with vaccines, it’s not clear that the public has the stomach for the second round with the food industry.
“In order to reduce our emissions, we have a lot of work to do”, added James Shaw.
During the interview, Shaw let slip the government’s intention to permanently change the way agriculture looks. It is the interference of the big state in private lands and current affairs in collectivist nations. The New Zealand Labor Party is using the stick of legislation to destroy businesses it doesn’t like and funnel profits into the hands of individuals it likes.
‘You must have options, so you can increase the ETS price [Emissions Trading Scheme also known as a Carbon Tax] – make petrol very expensive – but people on low incomes would not have the option to switch to something else. So you would have a whole group of society whose bills would go up, but they don’t have access to walking, cycling or public transport, and they can’t afford the initial cost of an electric vehicle. All they’re stuck with is a very high bill. Your emissions are not decreasing, but you are making people poorer. You need to invest in making these options available to people so that the ETS price can do its job of getting people to change their behavior to other options.
Which is an admission of New Zealand using the ETS tax system to manipulate consumers and the market by artificially taking the board away from merit.
“It is important that we respect the international system and put pressure on others.”
‘Pressure’ is certainly what Ardern seemed to be applying to Albanese on Friday.
New Zealand, like Australia, has a thriving meat export market – not to mention its world-famous reliance on sheep. We’ll leave the inappropriate jokes to Ricky Gervais, but let’s just say that the agriculture industry is likely to suffer from any sort of punitive climate tax.
Climate change accomplices will insist that “half of the country’s emissions come from agriculture”, but they are slow to point out that New Zealand is a pair of green, sparsely populated islands that only contribute to the so- saying “climate change” only when their supervolcano is coughing.
A tax on New Zealand (or even Australian) agriculture will make a “net zero” difference in the composition of the atmosphere, but it will collapse the region’s economy and turn once self-governing nations into parasites, leaving them in a fragile position. geopolitical situation where they will have no choice but to bow to China.
No wonder Beijing is encouraging Ardern to rush the Net Zero route. They want New Zealand to do nothing, do nothing and “be happy”.
If farmers manage to survive the climate change tax, the cost of lamb, beef and other products is expected to soar, adding to what Ardern has previously described as a “cost of living crisis”. . Why would government ministers deliberately act to raise food prices in this situation?
Ardern is not alone, climate change taxes are being hurled at agricultural industries around the world, almost as if global bureaucracies fueling doomsday climate rhetoric are deliberately trying to destroy cheap private agriculture in favor of pushing profits to the chemical companies working in the industry, the pharmaceutical companies involved in lab-grown meat substitutes, and the few remaining mega-farms owned by billionaires.
With productive land increasingly falling into the hands of corporations rather than citizens, the market forces that regulated quality and prices are collapsing into a monopoly. Carbon taxes – which corporations can afford – are meant to destroy the last generation of farmers and their communities.
Taxing farmers during a food crisis and punishing them for producing food is the perfect example of why socialist governments end up starving their people.
They put ideology and “virtue” before reality.
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