Some words of wisdom from of all people Jim Anderton on Q+A:
Well, there’s no question climate change is the number-one issue facing the future of the world. I don’t have any doubt about that, but you’ve also got to have the ‘glass half empty, glass half full’ thing. I mean, our major emitter, methane gas, for example, is our agricultural community. 50% of all our emissions come from there, and this is a very important exporting-food nation, so we live by exporting food, and yet we’ve got a big problem with the method of doing it. So we’re putting a lot of research into that. We’re encouraging farmers, and farmers have stepped up to the plate too. I get— As a townie, but former Minister of Agriculture, I get a bit tetchy with the green kind of approach to this – that all farmers are dirty farmers and all the rest of it. They are not. There are thousands of young farming families in New Zealand that are putting their best endeavours into making their streams on their farms fenced off and planted and making sure that their farms are in better shape environmentally than anything they inherited from their parents and grandparents. And sometimes we have to celebrate that instead of bashing into them. And when we get into the clean-energy thing, well, try and dam a river these days.
This is the contradiction the environmental movement has. They want more renewable energy, but they oppose all and any law changes to make it easy to consent renewable energy projects such as dams.Tags: environment, Jim Anderton, Q&A