Open up the paper on any given day, and you will see at least one reader remarking at the selfishness embodied by those opposed to the carbon tax. They ask; how can people be thinking of their hip pocket when the planet is at stake? How can so many be thinking only of themselves, they ponder. And you’ll find these written in that awful Murdoch hate-media too. According to these people, the entire campaign against the carbon tax can be put down to these selfish individuals and those dreadful deniers. This is two-thirds of the country they are talking about.
I wonder why they turn on their compatriots when the US is doing nothing of significance to curb their emissions. They fail to remark at American selfishness, yet damn Australians for moving ahead of the pack. Why is it selfish to wait for the rest of the world (the rest of the world being responsible for 98.5% of the world’s emissions) to do something first?
Many Australians are under immense cost of living pressures, and a carbon tax is the last thing they need. Why is it selfish to be concerned for the financial security of one’s family?
Then, there are the skeptics. Why is it selfish to ask for evidence of a problem instead of taking people’s word for it?
Here is what I think is selfish:
- that we are being asked to take on the burden of a carbon tax for immeasurable benefit for the climate (as if taking the temperature down can only be good).
- that our prime minister told us we would not get a carbon tax because she knew it was political suicide, before introducing one.
- that the government intends to push on with this plan in spite of the fact that we were deceived and the majority of Australia is against it, as if we don’t even live in a democracy.
- that the greens forced our weak prime minister to break her word, to go against the will of the Australian people for their own political ends.
- that alarmists will not admit the serious doubt over this theory, insisting the science is settled, in spite of the tremendous poicy implications.
- that opposition to the carbon tax is dismissed as anxiety, the poison of shock jocks, a Murdoch conspiracy, anti-science, selfishness and financial interest.