Don’t cut emis­sions

The Dominion Post - - Opinion -

With ref­er­ence to your edi­to­rial of March 24, say­ing that New Zealand needs a cli­mate change plan as a re­sult of the Paris cli­mate agree­ment, New Zealand does in­deed need a cli­mate change plan – but not any plan that re­quires dras­tic re­duc­tion in car­bon emis­sions.

Cut­ting car­bon us­age from sources such as in­dus­try and land would gut the na­tional and global econ­omy, and make it dif­fi­cult to feed and house peo­ple at a time when the pop­u­la­tion is grow­ing and more peo­ple glob­ally are com­ing out of poverty than ever be­fore.

If a se­ri­ous plan were im­ple­mented for bring­ing the global tem­per­a­ture ‘‘back into bal­ance’’ it would have to be both sub­stan­tial in its so­cial and eco­nomic im­pact and held to over a pe­riod of at least 30 years. This is highly un­likely given the neg­a­tive so­cial and eco­nomic con­se­quences. It would be ir­ra­tional for both gov­ern­ments and na­tional pop­u­la­tions.

New Zealand sign­ing up to the agree­ment and do­ing any­thing se­ri­ous about it is a waste of time and money. It would be like tilt­ing at a wind­mill on a lame nag with a bro­ken lance.

Far bet­ter for gov­ern­ments to plan for liv­ing with a warm­ing planet and ris­ing sea lev­els. That, in all like­li­hood, would be both ten­able and sus­tain­able. AN­THONY NAGANATHAN Is­land Bay

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