‘It’s good to be back home again….. sometimes this old farm feels like a long lost friend, I said, hey it’s good to be back home again….’- a few lines from a favourite John Denver song for those unaware. Uni has been going well thus far with fairly consistent A and B range grades (A+ is highest, most things are B+ or A-) so one happy chick here. Home right now is hectic, muddy and wet, and muddy in case you missed it. I do have a 3 month old huntaway pup to love and train and then who will devote the next 10+yrs of his life to me. He is called Chief as in my absence my parents worked out it is one of the few suitable doggy names that doesn’t rhyme with our current doggy collection or any of their commands.
Expect a few more farmy-type posts from me for a while. Here’s something I wrote earlier and haven’t got around to posting….
The government is currently reviewing climate change and a way to make NZ carbon neutral. You all know that I believe climate change is a big political scam. You only need to follow the money to find the big players behind it. Not to mention growing scientific evidence that the planet is actually cooling, CO2 is good for all life, and that carbon is a cycle, methane production in bovines is natural.
Nevertheless, the government believes we must be seen to be doing something, completely oblivious to the economic consequences. I readily admit there should be a balance between environmental and economic sustainability, but taxing farmers who earn the most export dollars is stupid. Before you go saying tourism earns more, keep in mind that tourism barely offsets what we spend overseas ourselves.
This makes it concerning that our oil exports are going to be reduced through no new permits. The government also is floating the idea of taxing fuel vehicles to subsidise electric ones. As I understand it, our electricity grid can’t cope with the large number of cars that would thus be using it. Electric cars also can’t go the distance of gas ones, and when they break down cannot just be towed due to the wheel-engine connection.
The point is you can’t make people behave according to your standards through rules and regulations. Such general, one-size-fits-all policies fail to take into account the people who already are conscious of their actions. People are going to rebel against having every aspect of their lives dictated to them. The current drive to ban plastic, especially single use plastic is never going to work globally. Why? Because people in developing nations are more worried about feeding themselves and providing for family than anything. A far better approach would be to encourage recycling of plastic, re-using containers (we do this a LOT!) rather than an outright ban.