Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has said the country’s farmers would have to “grab a rifle” and shoot their cattle to curb methane emissions if the government’s ‘Net Zero’ plan did not have a livestock exclusion.
The leader of the National Party claimed that he had made a deal with a client on Thursday “carve-out” commitment from Prime Minister Scott Morrison to exclude agricultural methane emissions from the country’s 2050 emission reductions target. Joyce told reporters a US- and Europe-backed pledge for a 30% cut in methane emissions by 2030 – expected to be launched at the upcoming COP26 climate conference – would be a “disaster” for Australia’s beef, dairy and feedlot industries.
Earlier this week, Morrison released his government’s plan to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 and announced that Australia was on track to better its targets for the end of the decade. However, he has resisted calls to release details of the modeling basis for the plan – or reveal the terms of a reported deal to secure the National Party’s support.
But Joyce told reporters that his party – which is the junior partner in the coalition government – had been “absolutely explicit”That it could support the strategy only in cases where there were no limits on methane emission “absolutely categorically ruled out.”
The only way you can get your 30% by 2030 reduction in methane on 2020 levels would be to go and grab a rifle, go out and start shooting your cattle because it’s just not possible.
Note that the party has secured the agreement through “diligent work” “prudent oversight,”Joyce claimed it would bring the “insurance that protects regional industry, which underpins regional towns.”The Nationals would have been a better team. “stood aside,”He said that farmers who were angry would have been “absolutely melting the phones down”Since it adversely affected their ability to earn a living.
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However, Morrison later dismissed his deputy’s claims, stating that negotiations with the Nationals had not influenced the government’s position on methane emissions. Morrison insisted Australia had never done so “any plans to sign up” to the ‘Global Methane Pledge’ – which had been a topic of discussion at a September meeting of major economies in which the country had participated.
“Under our plan, we won’t be putting any mandates on farmers, we won’t be targeting them in any way as part of our emissions reduction plan,”He said that the agriculture sector was excluded from this list. “the revenue streams and the income sources”In the net-zero engagement would be a “great disadvantage.”
But Joyce had insisted his party had “absolutely, 100%”The government was convinced.
“We went into a place where it wasn’t as clear and we made sure, absolutely, absolutely affirmed that that would be the case,”He claimed that the exclusion would extend to liability over “scope-3 emissions”Methane from export.
Prior to this new back-and-forth within the coalition, Morrison’s net-zero plan has already prompted criticism over its lack of detail, ambition and credibility due to the lack of new policy announcements or legislation to achieve it. It has been criticized for not reworking its 2030 emission reduction goal of 26-28% below 2005 levels.
It has instead released revised projections that indicate Australia will decrease its emissions by 30 to 35% over 2005 levels. In order to keep rising temperatures below 1.5C, the UN climate summit has as its central focus reducing global greenhouse gas emissions by 45% between 2030 and 2050.
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