Today, the media reported protests all over the country in support of a carbon (dioxide) tax. There were a variety of signs conveying ignorance about carbon dioxide and coal. You know, the the usual greenie slogans. ‘Clean Coal is a lie’, ‘Carbon dioxide; kick the habit’. I would relish the opportunity to ask these climate pilgrims two questions.
What evidence is there to suggest that man’s carbon dioxide emissions are responsible for dangerous global warming?
Even if the warming was catastrophic, how much will this carbon dioxide tax reduce global temperatures by, for all the pain?
I suppose these sorts of questions are irrelevant to such an ideaological bunch. Even if the benefits are negligable, we must be seen to be doing our part, no matter the cost. Personally, I don’t think taking a massive bite out of the economy is worth a nothing change in climate for feel-good reasons. The former question however is the most crucial, as it cancels out the latter. To ask for evidence is of course only reasonable.
The whole plan has no pragmatic basis whatsoever.
It is designed to cause pain to the hip pocket. Gillard admitted this is the only way to illicit change in consumer behaviour. It is then clearly redundant to provide compensation. But of course the plan is only to tax the top 1000 polluters (employers).
I recall my year 10 commerce class and can work out that this so-called “pollution” would not exist without demand from consumers.
We know the cost will be passed on to consumers, eliminating financial burden to the top 1000 emitters of carbon dioxide. Compensating the less well off of these consumers does not then inflict any pain on the “polluters”.
All the while we lose a competitve advantage to countries that don’t have a carbon tax/ETS.
In all this cycle of redundancy, there is minimal reductions in carbon dioxide emissions, even less reductions in temperature and even less if you acknowledge the evidence that carbon dioxide is not dangerous.
Common sense is against this tax. I wonder if these protesters considered all this.