Seven good lies

Remember that “say yes” to a carbon tax ad, the one with Carbon Cate? Haven’t seen it in a while. Well, their website boasts seven reasons to “say yes” to a tax. Much like the ad, it is lie, upon lie, upon lie.

Big polluters would pay, not individual taxpayers.

Really? You don’t think the cost will be passed on? Any cost taken on by the “polluters” will be passed on and compensation can only go so far. How naive could you be?

There’s be a new incentive to cut pollution and innovate.

An “incentive” to cut pollution? How is not being taxed as much, an incentive? There is also the “pollution” lie. Carbon dioxide is an essential gas for life as we know it. The tax may lead to investment in renewable technology, but this does not outweigh the disadvantages.

The price big polluters pay shouldn’t go to the government. Some should go to renewable energy…

I agree, the price big employers pay shouldn’t go to government. You want to waste more money on expensive, intermittent sources of power?

…and helping people struggling with the bills.

Taxing people helps them pay their bills? While the compensation package may leave some household better off, this will be a minority. Unless the government plans on making more money, only so much can go into compensation.

Hundreds and thousands of secure and rewarding jobs can be created if we get it now.

They claim “the report ‘creating jobs-cutting pollution’ shows Australia could create more than 770000 extra jobs by taking strong action now to cut carbon pollution”. This is deceptive in the extreme. What about the jobs that will be lost? Just an inconvenient fact for these people.

Cleaner air will mean better health for our kids, elderly, everyone.

The biggest lie of the seven. The tax is aimed at reducing carbon dioxide, which is a beneficial gas for life. It poses no risk to human health at current concentrations, nor future concentrations. There is no benefit for human health whatsoever, rather making them poorer is likely to harm people’s health. 

We’ll finally be doing something about climate change.

How much will this tax help the planet? How much will it reduce world temperatures by? Is any action sufficient to get behind just because it feels good? Furthermore, can these people at “sayyesaustralia” name one piece of empirical evidence that suggests human emissions of carbon dioxide are or will cause dangerous global warming.

The government tells us that Abbott is running a disinformation campaign. What about the taxes proponents? Aren’t these the same sorts of lies Gillard and Combet are spitting out?

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About Climate Nonconformist

Hi, I'm the climatenonconformist (not my real name), and I am a global warming skeptic, among the few in generation Y. With Australia facing the prospect of a carbon tax, we need to be asking the simple question; where is the evidence that our emissions are causing any dangerous warming?
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