Cronies Collapse

While we are facing the carbon tax in July, we often forget about the alternative. While still preferable to the carbon tax, the Coalition’s direct action policy promises to be a colossal waste of money and an exercise in picking winners. There are lessons from the US with Obama’s crony capitalism running rampant.

Earlier this week, Stimulus beneficiary Evergreen Energy bit the dust. Then, Ener1, a manufacturer of batteries for electric vehicles and recipient of Stimulus largesse, filed for bankruptcy. And today, the Las Vegas Sun reports that Amonix, Inc., a manufacturer of solar panels that received $5.9 million from the Porkulus, will cut two-thirds of its workforce, about 200 employees, only seven months after opening a factory in Nevada.

Is this what “green jobs” means? Ones created by government assistance before being lost because their employer is doomed to fail. Not to mention the waste of taxpayers dollars.

Given the current debt and Swan’s promised surplus we are unlikely to see by 2012/13, the Coalition will not be in a good position to implement their direct action policy, assuming they win the next election. Furthermore, the lack of urgency around the world to curb carbon dioxide emissions, which Liberal MPs use to argue against the Gillard/Brown plan, makes such action unwise. And on top of this, the need to even do something continues to be thrown into even more doubt, most recently with 16 eminent scientists highlighting the uncertainty in the science.

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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6 Responses to Cronies Collapse

  1. higley7 says:

    “While we are facing the carbon tax in July, we often forget about the alternative.”

    Ah, but there is not just one alternative. The other is to do nothing about CO2 emissions, as this trace gas that cannot and does not drive climate. It is plant food and is greening the planet. All life loves it. Any claims that it is bad for our biosphere are propaganda, lies, and junk science.

    The fact is that low CO2 is dangerous. The fact that we have been down to 260 ppm at times is quite alarming, as plants stop growing at 220 ppm and start to die at less than 190 ppm. Concentrations up into the 1000s ppm are fine. Greenhouse growers standardly raise CO2 above 1000 ppm to enhance growth. Office buildings often operate at about 5000 ppm, submarines at 8000 ppm, and large concerts can go above 10,000 ppm.

    In fact, with two ocean cycles flipping to their cooling phases in 2006 and the Sum going into a Grand Minimum, possibly a maunder Minimum 2.0, we will need all the crops we can grow. Higher CO2 stimulates growth and makes plants more efficient with nutrients and water (fewer stomata on the leaves with increased CO2 decreases transpiration). Smart people should be promoting more CO2 not less. There’s nothing wrong with having clean emissions but CO2 is NOT a pollutant; it is the stuff of life and the source of our oxygen!

    So, the other alternative is to relax, worry about real forms of pollution, have a good life and a healthy economy, and not let the politicians gain power over the lives of the people.

    • Climate Nonconformist says:

      True. Doing nothing is the best course of action, but with the coalition supporting so-called “action”, we really don’t have much choice.

  2. higley7 says:

    There is no equivocation here. This is a blatant political agenda. Climate is not important.

    The contention that human emissions of CO2 influences climate is TOTALLY a political agenda and has nothing to do with climate, the environment, or the welfare of people. It’s all about power, wealth, de facto wealth redistribution, crippling Western economies, stunting undeveloped countries, and creating a one-world government that would be totalitarian and socialist, commanded by a powerful elite—not unlike the USSR, socialism run by a gang.

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