[8 June/Radio NZ]

Federated Farmers saw the silver lining in the Government’s latest climate change proposals related to the Zero Carbon Bill which aimed to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Of the three alternatives, two give a softer run to livestock-sourced methane than to carbon dioxide which could give farmers an easier life during climate change mitigation than they feared. Federated Farmers Climate Change Spokesman, Andrew Hoggard, said it was good to see the distinctions made between intensive but short lived greenhouse gases and weaker but persistent gases. He thought it was good the discussion was happening now. Greenpeace spokesperson, Kate Simcock, thought the proposal was a cop out and that they thought all sectors and gases needed to be included in order to achieve anything meaningful in relation to climate change.