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

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Posted: 09/06/22 - 10:44
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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.

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.

I Call Bull: So expect to see the price of New Zealand cattle products go up accordingly to swallow this tax up.

Calling BULL on them conveniently not including the animal methane in their pollution reports considering its about 50% of their emissions

Oh and #ClickBait headline it is total methane output not just from the front!

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18 days
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This did make me laugh, just that headline alone so thanks for that
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22 days
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Another example of how ridiculous all of these taxes are, and what a pointless drain on our finances they are proving to be.
22 days
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Is it April fools day again?
23 days
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Expect us to follow suit here sooner rather than later adding yet more cost for the consumer