Earlier this month Prime Minister Scott Morrison appointed former Northern Territory Chief Minister Shane Stone to the role.
Mr Joyce said others such as former NSW Drought Coordinator Jock Laurie and former Queensland LNP leader Lawrence Springborg, who both own farms.
“A big issue the Nationals needs to push forward is that drought policy needs to be driven by people with long term experience on the land, and who will live the ramifications,” he said.
On Tuesday Mr Joyce posted a video on Twitter where he acknowledged the climate was changing, mused that God was driving it, and asked rhetorically “whether a new tax will change it back”.
“I just don’t want the government any more in my life. I’m sick of the government being in my life,” he said.
Mr Joyce said instead of levying a new tax to fund climate change initiatives the government should focus on measures that didn’t hit the economy’s “balance sheet”.
“We need things that are tactile and make a real difference to a changing climate,” he said.
“It frustrates me when people say we should deal with climate change by bringing in a new fad, that’s absolute tokenism and a way to graft more money out of people.
“If what you want is an economy to drive lower emissions then you have to take on board nuclear power into the electricity grid.
“A crucial part of climate policy is to maintain the balance sheet, and we have no other source of income coming into the economy to replace coal. We’ve got the most efficient power plants in the world, we export coal and we should be exporting around the world the technology that delivers the most efficient utilisation of those resources.”
Earlier this month, a Coalition-dominated parliamentary inquiry found Australia should lift its moratorium on nuclear energy to investigate next-generation technologies such as small modular reactors.
However, Minister for Energy Angus Taylor said the government had “no plans” to lift the moratorium, which has been maintained by Labor and Coalition governments since 1998. “Any changes to the moratorium would need bipartisan support and broad community acceptance,” he said.
Mike is the climate and energy correspondent for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.