While we like to joke about how Julia Gillard is nothing but a puppet of the greens, but if Bob Brown really was Prime Minister, we would be truely screwed. It’s bad enough facing a carbon tax without having to think about the damage Brown could cause. Nethertheless, I will ponder.
Chris Uhlmann of the 7.30 Report recently called attention to some of Brown’s comments on coal.
“The Greens believe that we need to move beyond Australia’s reliance on coal. Last week, I called on whoever wins office at this year’s election to commit to a plan to phase out coal exports. That plan must be in place by the end of the next term of government so that we can move beyond coal as a matter of urgency.”
Amusing though it was to watch him squirm in the face of his blatant economic illiteracy, it really speaks volumes about just how scary a greens government would be.
Let’s first examine Prime Minister Brown’s hypothetical first act as PM. Phase out coal mining and exports. First of all, there goes $50 billion down the drain as well as 107000 jobs (2006 data) in the mining industry alone. Then, our energy security will disappear, power prices will soar, as if they weren’t all ready high enough. We’ll want to import coal or oil then, but thinking again, Brown won’t want that.
Most people would have to go without electricity. That’s people with no air conditioning in summer, no heat in winter. On the upside, with no power to run our TVs, we wouldn’t be subjected to green propaganda.
We’d have to resume burning wood in our own homes to cook our food (releasing carbon dioxide). All kinds of industry would go down the tubes with the monumental power prices. There’d probably still be a carbon tax, this one in excess of $40 a tonne.
I’d imagine we’d have riots and widespread civil disobedience. The green’s communist forebears would have brought in the tanks to deal with this, don’t know how Brown would cope with it though.
But of course, our Prime Minister will be prepared. He would guarantee our energy security by going to renewables (not hydropower though), creating jobs while he’s at it. Don’t worry about the hole in the economy however, Brown will simply tax the mining industry and that little problem will go away. He actually said these things.
Seriously, this man is a fool and it is clear the damage he would cause if he was Prime Minister. That is why it is scary to see him possess the power he does, and to have such an influence on the Australian political landscape.