Ongoing moves to cut methane gas emissions from domestic livestock, like cows and pigs, fails to take into account the sheer volume of feral animals now populating countries like Australia, one MP has said.
Keith Pitt, the Nationals Party member for Hinkler, said current measures or proposals to curb flatulence or belching from livestock needed to consider the science.
"There is 10 times the number of feral pigs in Australia than domestic," he told The Epoch Times.
"This is an underhanded attack on our resources sector and agriculture. If it was about science, well, the flatulence for feral animals should be included, but it's not," he said.
Australia contains some of the world's largest feral animal populations—partly due to the lack of large land predators—which do not come under government moves to curb methane emissions.
Livestock the Focus of Methane Emission CutsScientists blame the livestock industry as the number one agricultural source of emissions.
Methane is considered worse for the environment than carbon dioxide.
"No other country in the world has yet developed a system for pricing and reducing agricultural emissions, so our farmers are set to benefit from being first movers," said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
The move follows in the wake of the U.S. Biden administration that reiterated its November 2021 pledge to cut methane emissions by 30 percent as part of the Global Methane Pledge.
A Further Warning on Net ZeroPitt also warned the Australian government's push for net-zero would weaken manufacturing in the country.
"It'll have an enormous impact on the price of electricity, and it will put it up and make our network less reliable and unstable," he said.
Pitt also said there was a real risk of blackouts if there was a serious push to reduce emissions by 43 percent by 2030.
"I think the risk exists right now, and I think it will get worse coming in the summer, particularly if there are early closures of reliable baseload power stations," he added. "And it's not just our domestic risk. Right now, we need Australia to be as strong as possible given what's happening around the world."