Stephen Harrington thinks we should go ahead of the world in the fight against carbon dioxide emissions. So, first up, we have someone in favour of the carbon dioxide tax as good as admitting that we are moving ahead of the world. Now let’s have a look at some leftie idealism.
“Sure, it might eat ever so slightly into my family’s fortnightly budget, but nowhere (and I mean, nowhere) near as much as the increasing premiums for private health insurance, or the rising cost of fuel, have over recent years. Those cost increases didn’t “ruin our way of life”, so I don’t see why a carbon tax would.”
Would he say that were he a coal miner? Would he say that if his job was at risk?
Harrington claims he could “shoot holes” in three arguments Tony Abbott uses against the carbon tax, one of them. One of them, “our reduced emissions won’t have any noticeable effect on the global environment.” Does he actually think our contribution can forestall a measurable amount of warming, or does he think carbon dioxide is a toxic pollutant, killing our children? I really would like to see him shoot holes in this point. Who knows? Maybe he won’t hit his foot as well.
“Yes, China is the world’s biggest offender when it comes to CO2 emissions, but of course it bloody should be: it’s also the world’s most populous nation…In fact, Australia ranks above most of the world when it comes to CO2 emissions on a per capita basis.”
Of course we bloody well should be. We have a population of 22 million in the fift largest country in the world, fuelled mostly by our abundance of a high-emitting energy source, coal. So, our per capita emissions justify our impairment of our own industries for zero-gain?
“OK, fine, the proposed cuts as a result of the carbon tax might be quite small in the grand scheme of things, but its symbolic power would be far more important than what it will necessarily do for the environment…But, as we learned from Howard government’s long-standing opposition to apologising to the stolen generations, some people just don’t understand the importance of symbolic gestures.” – emphasis added.
He actually thinks the world will follow us. Wait, what? A symbolic gesture? To cop such a radical economic reform is just symbolism? Well, I guess if it feels good then it must be the right thing to do.
“I can tell already that the comments feed on this post will be flush with people disagreeing with me, who will say that the Prime Minister lied, and that it is only fair that Julia Gillard takes the carbon tax proposal to an immediate election…To all those people, I say this – let’s not. We should wait until China has one first.”
Whether or not we get the early election we deserve, we still have one set for 2013. I’m sure this is an unintended implication (maybe), but he seems to be saying we should abandon our democratic rights until the collapse of communism in China.