Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Some Perspective on Farting Cows - Updated.

In New Zealand today there are estimated to be roughly 16.4 million head of cattle, belching methane into the air.

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In India today there are estimated to be roughly 283 million cattle, belching untouchable methane into the air.

In Australia today there are estimated to be 28 million cattle, belching methane into the air.

In the USA today there are estimated to be 98 million cattle, belching methane into the air.


In New Zealand today there are estimated to be roughly 38.5 million sheep and goats, belching methane into the air.

In Australia today there are estimated to be 86 million sheep and goats, belching methane into the air.

In India today there are estimated to be 168 million sheep and goats, belching methane into the air.

Conclusion:

Without allowing for stock numbers in Russia and China, neither of whom will have a bar of these damned fool restrictions, if New Zealand slaughtered every one of our sheep and cattle, we would achieve a near to zero effect on the amount of methane produced worldwide by farting, belching sheep, cattle and goats.

None of these five countries has an ETS and none is likely to.

Why are we so keen to give away our competitive advantage and resulting export income to India, Australia and the the US?

Repeal the junk science ETS. Repeal the ETS.

Update: There you are, see? Toldyaso.

5 comments:

pdm said...

on't forget Argentina/Uraguay/Paraguay they are all big on cattle.

homepaddock said...

These numbers show the stupidity of criticisms that we're not doing enough.

Anonymous said...

Politics has nothing to do with what is done...it's all about what is seen to be done... like magicians

Anonymous said...

Send this to the Southland Times letter writer Carol Cowan.

Anonymous said...

How much would a wiidebeast sell for? Perhaps we could "carbon offset" by paying the mozambique or similar governments and cull their fircken methane polluters. The added bonus being that they could then feed their poor with 16m carcases of beefstock