New Zealand’s plan to tax cow and sheep burps

Posted: June 9, 2022 by oldbrew in Agriculture, Emissions

Image credit: Zelp

An own goal for NZ farming. Where is the greenhouse they’re so frightened of? From livestock to laughing stock.
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New Zealand has unveiled a plan to tax sheep and cattle burps in a bid to tackle one of the country’s biggest sources of greenhouse gases, says BBC News.

It would make it the first nation to charge farmers for the methane emissions from the animals they keep.

New Zealand is home to just over five million people, along with around 10 million cattle and 26 million sheep.

Almost half the country’s total greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture, mainly methane.

However, agricultural emissions have previously not been included in New Zealand’s emissions trading scheme, which has been criticised by those calling for the government to do more to stop global warming.

“There is no question that we need to cut the amount of methane we are putting into the atmosphere, and an effective emissions pricing system for agriculture will play a key part in how we achieve that,” New Zealand’s climate change minister James Shaw said.

Under the proposal farmers will have to pay for their gas emissions from 2025.

The plan also includes incentives for farmers who reduce emissions through feed additives, while planting trees on farms could be used to offset emissions.

Andrew Hoggard – who is a dairy farmer and the national president of Federated Farmers of New Zealand – told the BBC that he broadly approved of the proposals.

Full article here.

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  2. Russell Johnson says:

    Net effect on CC: ZERO! Who will pay the tax on the emissions of NZ’s 12 active volcanoes?

  3. Gamecock says:

    It’s just a tax. It will be buried in the price of meat at the store. I.e., the farmers won’t be paying it, people who eat will.

    ‘which has been criticised by those calling for the government to do more to stop global warming’

    You must be joking. There is double-ought zero NZ can do about ‘global warming.’ This is preening on the world stage to the detriment of their own people.

    ‘There is no question that we need to cut the amount of methane we are putting into the atmosphere’

    I have some questions . . . .

    ‘and an effective emissions pricing system for agriculture will play a key part in how we achieve that,” New Zealand’s climate change minister James Shaw said.’

    What does ‘effective’ mean. If it works, it works? You will restrict availability of food by artificial higher prices, your hope being people will eat less, thus resulting in reducing livestock. So then the UN comes in to help with food insecurity.

    Existing NZ herds are based on the existing NZ marketplace. Cutting herds means underserving the existing marketplace. This won’t end well.

  4. Phoenix44 says:

    Tell people eating meat produces methane that means more warming. See if they want to eat .

    Or lie and say the farmers will pay tax which somehow reduces methane without people eating less meat.

  5. Saighdear says:

    Tax them ? it’s a great resource:from Italy When power needs to be supplied, the stored heat is used to heat up the liquid carbon dioxide, which turns into a gas that is then pushed through a turbine to generate electricity.
    The entire process is a closed-loop system, where no carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere. What’s even better, the technology does not use any rare-earth elements like lithium or cobalt but uses only steel and water. It can therefore be implemented anywhere and everywhere
    This is the world’s first CO2 Battery energy storage facility …. being obtuse here ( somewhat ).

  6. stpaulchuck says:

    no problem. When they reduce their herds by half I’m sure the Russians and Chinese will gladly sell them some meat..

  7. stpaulchuck says:

    here’s how they are going to measure it

  8. Chaswarnertoo says:

    Utter, utter insanity.

  9. pochas94 says:

    Why do people who have no idea what they’re talking about gravitate toward politics?

  10. Graeme No.3 says:

    The Brayton cycle has been in the media as a potential saviour for at least 10 years. Haven’t heard much of it recently.

  11. Saighdear says:

    GRAEME No.3 here’s the link + all the other “rubbish”

  12. The real thing is that methane is not a greenhouse gas see here . Further if you look at the frequency at which methane can absorb it is not in the spectrum of emission from the earth surface. Finally, if one considers the 2nd law of thermodynamics together with the atmospheric lapse rate not gas in the atmosphere can heat the Earth’s surface and if a gas like water vapour or droplets of water in clouds does absorb radiation it only slows the heat loss from the surface. Note the top of clouds radiate to space or they could not exist.

  13. Gamecock says:

    I still haven’t figured out how they are going to count the burps.

  14. oldbrew says:

    Methane mania going into orbit…

    California To Spend $300M On Curbing Methane Emissions
    June 13, 2022

    $200 million would go towards plugging idle, leaking oil wells and $100 million is dedicated to methane-detecting satellites. The satellites would track global methane leaks from fossil fuel operations, landfills and agriculture. According to the announcement, the US will also deploy NASA aircraft in Latin America to measure and help mitigate regional methane emissions.

    Fuel burning planes to detect methane 🤣

  15. Mack says:

    I would suggest that if you put NZ’s livestock on one side of the emissions debate, and NZ’s active volcanos on the other, and had a co2 exhalation competition between the two, there would be only one winner and it won’t be the side that’s going ‘moo’ and ‘baa’. A 5 year old child could probably work that out. I’m sure that the kiwis take great pleasure in the fact that they are allowing intellectual toddlers to trash their country almost as quickly as they are in the old ‘mother’ country.

  16. oldbrew says:

    Munich Professor: Role Of Methane From Cows On Climate Exaggerated By A Factor Of 3 To 4!
    By P Gosselin on 15. June 2022

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