Expecting one of them government brochures about our wonderful clean energy future soon. Until this new government propaganda hits my door step and I can send it back, I’ll just have fun nailing some lies on the Clean Energy Future website.
They’ve got Will Steffan telling us why we need to act. He claimed that the heat wave in Melbourne in 2009 and the resultant Black Saturday bushfires were directly attributable to climate change. He cherry-picks the fact that on the day the all time for temperature in Melbourne was broken. The fact is that weather is not climate and surely a climate scientist would know this. You can’t claim one event is climate change and attribute an aberration such as Black Saturday to a concept like climate, which is a long-term average of weather. By this logic, I can claim that the mild summer Melbourne just had contradicts this. He then makes an unforgivable statement, by saying that the science tells us of the need to act. From a politician this is bad enough, but this guy calls himself a scientist. To ignore the dissenting voices in the scientific community in order to invoke a consensus, is grossly unscientific.
There is a question and answer page. Here are some of the worst.
Will I have to pay the carbon price?
No, it’s not a tax on households or small businesses – around 500 large polluters will be required to pay for their pollution. They account for more than 60 per cent of our carbon pollution.
This is just plain deceptive. The costs will be passed on, so consumers will on effect pay the carbon dioxide tax. If someone shot you through a pillow, you will still get shot.
Will people lose their jobs because of the carbon price?
The Government is using around 40 per cent of the funds raised by the carbon price to support jobs and industry competitiveness. The remainder of the funds will be used to assist households and tackling climate change.
They haven’t even answered the question they’ve asked themselves. The question is will people lose their jobs, not what will you do to stop this? Clearly they can’t guarantee that no job will be lost. And yet Paul Howes still supports the thing.
Why are we taking action when other countries aren’t doing anything?
Australia is joining over 89 countries—representing 80 per cent of global emissions and 90 per cent of the world’s economy—which have already pledged to take action on climate change.
Deceptive again. Pledging to do something is not the same as doing something. Where is the global political will to curb emissions? That is why Copenhagen failed. In any case, by this logic, we aren’t “joining” these 89 countries. We had already pledged to reduce emissions under Kyoto (thanks Kevin for undoing John Howard’s good work).
Plus, repeated references to carbon dioxide as “carbon pollution”.
Then, they try and convince us that the rest of the world is acting.
China: “China has the world’s largest installed renewable energy electricity generation capacity.The Chinese Government invested RMB 200 billion (approximately A$30 billion) in energy-saving and emissions reduction projects, generating investment worth an estimated RMB 2 trillion over the period 2006-2010.”
They are the most populous and soon to be richest country in the world you know?
USA: “The US is progressively introducing regulations covering greenhouse gas emissions from large industrial facilities under the Clean Air Act.”
That’s all? We going with the carbon tax while cap and trade talks have stalled in the US and our government thinks their Clean Air Act (how is CO2 unclean?) signals serious action?
India: “India introduced a clean energy tax on imported and domestic coal in July 2010. The revenue will be used for funding research and innovative projects in clean energy technologies.”
But, is the intent to stop carbon dioxide emissions or just a revenue raiser? Given their emissions continue to rise, I’d say the latter.
Europe: “The EU emissions trading scheme (EU ETS) commenced in 2005 and now covers the 27 countries of the EU, as well as three non-EU members: Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway.”
And it has been rorted for all its worth and has collapsed four times.