“Today’s debate about global warming is essentially a debate about freedom. The environmentalists would like to mastermind each and every possible (and impossible) aspect of our lives.”
Blue Planet in Green Shackles
February 24, 2011
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It is difficult to decide whether to be more astonished by the scientific ignorance or the political stupidity inherent in today’s announcement by the Prime Minister and her Multi-party Climate Change Committee (MCCC) that a tax on carbon dioxide emissions will be introduced on July 1st, 2012.
The ignorance is displayed in the continual reference to a “carbon” tax in a situation where carbon (as opposed to carbon dioxide) has nothing to do with the issue at hand; plus the continual reference to “pollution”, when carbon dioxide is actually an environmentally beneficial trace gas.
The political stupidity is manifest in the reality that the great majority of the Australian public - being fed up to the back teeth with continual and naked lobby group and government propagandizing on the issue - have long ago decided that dangerous global warming is a scam. For example, a recent online poll in The Age resulted in 89% of the respondents answering NO to the question “Would you support a climate tax” (that question, of course, being code for “Would you support a tax on carbon dioxide emissions”).
On top of which there is the minor discrepancy that two of the world’s largest emitters (India and USA) have both indicated this year that they will no longer base their climate policy on advice from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Yet that selfsame flawed and partial advice is the sole justification for the multi-party committee’s intended course of action.
Tony Abbott has rightly called for a People’s Revolt against this ridiculous attempt to compulsorily reduce the living standards of all Australians with especial impact on the poorer ones. The good news for the leader of the opposition is that that revolt has already started, and is growing by the day.
Now that the battle lines have been drawn, the government will assuredly change over this issue - the only uncertainty is when.
The Quadrant Book of Poetry: 2001 - 2010
edited by Les Murray