New Zealand To Tax Cow Farts And Burps

Can’t wait till the future articles on the people of New Zealand being mad about the even higher cost of meat

Climate change: New Zealand’s plan to tax cow and sheep burps

climate cowNew 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.

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.

The BBC article works very hard to avoid mentioning cow and sheep farts

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.

Some farmers are super thrilled to do this. Of course, they aren’t actually going to pay for this, as the costs will be passed on to the consumers.

The money raised from the scheme will be invested in research, development and advisory services for farmers, the country’s environment ministry said.

Calling it a scheme fits right in, a shady scheme.

(CNN) New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Wednesday, May 11, that the country will fully reopen its international borders from 11:59 p.m. on July 31, with cruise ships also welcome back to local ports on the same day.

How many will be taking fossil fueled flights to go with the fossil fueled cruise ships?

(Reuters) – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will visit the United States this week in a bid to boost exports and lure more tourists as the Pacific nation looks to fully reopen its border after more than two years of restrictions.

She’s going to take a sailing ship, right?

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13 Responses to “New Zealand To Tax Cow Farts And Burps”

  1. Professor Hale says:

    “… advisory services for farmers”

    in other words, this is a wealth transfer from farmers who earn money to academic environmental activists who do not and who the private sector doesn’t need in anywhere near the quantities being produced, so government has to force people to buy their services.

    Socialism: So good you have to be forced to take it.

    • UnkleC says:

      A wealth transfer from farmers who attempt to earn money. Farming commercially is risky and this hare brained scheme will simply add another risk and expense and, as such, probably drive some out of business.
      Garden variety lefties never logically extrapolate the consequences of their actions. Merely parroting your leaders and acting on feelings does no one any good.

  2. […] The jokes, I suppose, write themselves […]

  3. Formerlib says:

    They’re blamin’ pootin’ again.

  4. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    Why is the Responsibility Cult (so-called conservatives) always upset when the costs of negative externalities are added to the price of commerce?

    • alanstorm says:

      Oh, you mean like the nasty effects of ethanol production? Don’t even TRY that one. Liberals give ZERO thought to the externalities and secondary effects of their idiotic rules and regulations.

    • James Lewis says:

      Dear Elwood:

      Taxing cow/sheep is stupid beyond belief.

      That you endorse it describes you.

      • James Lewis says:

        Dear Elwood:

        Taxing cow/sheep farts is stupid beyond belief.

        That you endorse it describes you.

        • Elwood P. Dowd says:

          Dear James:

          We will give your comment all the consideration it deserves!

          Thank you!

        • Professor Hale says:

          He doesn’t really endorse it. It is just his normal default setting of slavishly parroting the current Democratic talking points on every subject, until his masters change the narrative and then he will goose step in perfect unison to the new direction. Not much of an endorsement.

          • Elwood P. Dowd says:

            The Nutty Professor who occasionally claims to never engage, once again breaks his promise.

            Anyway, it’s our understanding the gov’t will hire conservative fart-sniffers to jot down their findings and assess the tax depending on the quality of the stink. The pool of fart-sniffers derives from conservative men arrested at elementary schools smelling bicycle seats.

  5. alanstorm says:

    The plan also includes incentives for farmers who reduce emissions through feed additives…

    Which will then be found to be “problematic” for one reason or another…

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