On 1 April 2019 an article by YourNZ caused a stir:
Barbecue ban would stretch out LPG resources
Barbecues may be completely banned this year.
For many years now open fire (wood or charcoal) barbecues have effectively been banned in most places – you need to get a fire permit to light one, and who can plan that far ahead with the fickleness of New Zealand weather?
The Government ban on new oil and gas exploration permits means that clean burning gas will be at a premium, with estimates that it may only last another seven years at current rates of use – see ‘Hasty’ lawmaking may lead to increased emissions.
Banning domestic LPG use – for most people this means gas for their barbecues – will stretch out the life of LPG for essential uses.
There should be an added benefit in further reductions in emissions, due to a reduction in males drinking (beverages with gas) and burping around the barbecues.
So a ban on barbecues would have a number of benefits for the environment.
But there could be a conflict with the Greens, if people are required to have gender equality in cooking time. Currently barbecues are the main avenue for males to cook, and that’s usually only in weekends.
There is a fear that without barbecues men might switch to cooking more baked beans, and that would just switch to a different emission problem.
The barbecue ban has been kept quiet for fear of another adverse effect – a rise in hot air on talkback radio.
Most readers quickly cottoned on to the satirical tone and the date of publication, but no one’s laughing now.
Thanks to the “Climate Emergency” (a fiction of absurd proportions), the joke is on them. Welcome to the New Normal: No one’s laughing anymore.
The Climate Change Commission, in its draft plan for cutting the country’s emissions, has advised that it is time to cut gas.
Its plan suggests no new natural gas connections to the network or bottled LPG after 2025.
By 2050, the commission says existing natural gas in buildings should be phased out.
It is not just households that will be impacted. The report says small businesses like restaurants and cafes will need to move away from gas to lower emissions solutions.Climate Change report: What’s the future of gas? – NZ Herald
And gas is just the tip of the iceberg. And if this plan goes ahead we’ll be seeing plenty of those, as the alleged reduction in carbon sends us back into the summerless years of the Little Ice Age scenario. You know. The times when crops failed and people died of cold and starvation, resulting in something called The Industrial Revolution…
And here’s some actual data for perspective:
Truth is, humanity has just emerged from a real climate emergency and the IPCC wants to send us back into one!
Plants need CO2: Zero carbon bad!
And the EV thing? Carbon may not be your enemy, but Rare Earth metal mining certainly is!
You can see the lake on Google Maps, and that hints at the scale. Zoom in far enough and you can make out the dozens of pipes that line the shore. Unknown Fields’ Liam Young collected some samples of the waste and took it back to the UK to be tested. “The clay we collected from the toxic lake tested at around three times background radiation,” SOURCE