New Zealand agriculture is doomed and the country will go bust if it adopts measures to restrain carbon emissions, claims Dennis T Avery of the “centre for global food issues” at right wing US think tank the Hudson Institute. Avery is notorious as a vocal climate crank, and was invited to speak at last month’s Agribusiness conference in Blenheim. His message was standard crank nonsense, as the Marlborough Express reported:
Charging farmers for carbon emissions is unfounded and will cripple the New Zealand economy, according to a United States expert on global warming. […] “Do not let them send you out of business. Don’t go quietly. Not only will [a carbon tax] kill you, it will kill the entire economy of New Zealand.”
The alarmist message is underlined in an article he penned on returning home to the US:
No country in the world would risk as much for â€œglobal warmingâ€ as New Zealand if it goes ahead with the cap-and-trade energy taxation installed by Helen Clarkeâ€™s now-departed Labour Government.
Avery’s do-nothing line might have gone done well with some at the Agribusiness conference, but it apparently didn’t find much favour elsewhere:
I said this recently to several New Zealand government ministers and business leaders at a private dinner in Wellington. My message was not welcomed. John Keyâ€™s new government seems to understand that New Zealandâ€™s economy would be at terrible risk from carbon taxes — but its voters apparently donâ€™t realize it.
Intriguing. I wonder which ministers he met, and who organised the dinner? And who still thinks Avery is remotely credible on climate issues? Just look at his handy summing up of why action on climate change isn’t necessary:
Never mind that the earthâ€™s global warming stopped after 1998 because the sun has gone into a startling quiet period. Thatâ€™s why New Zealandâ€™s many glaciers have been growing recently instead of receding. Never mind that even full member compliance with Kyoto would â€œavoidâ€ only about 0.05 degree C of warming over the next 50 yearsâ€”by the alarmistsâ€™ own math.
Avery is making stuff up — telling lies in an attempt to influence policy. NZ’s glaciers growing? Not what the figures show, Dennis. But then if you think global warming stopped in 1998, you’re clearly not the sharpest pencil in the drawer. It’s a pity the organisers of the Agribusiness conference hadn’t spotted that before inviting him over here to mislead, misinform and misdirect.